An alarming number of Christians stumble while in college and around half will renounce their faith because they simply do not have a defense for what they believe. David Noebel, founder and former president of Summit Ministries, almost joined those statistics while he was a philosophy student at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Dr. Noebel founded Summit in 1962 to help ground Christians in their faith, thereby enabling them to face the barrage of challenges on college campuses.
From 1962 until 1988, Summit was a small series of camp-style conferences, hosting an average of 350 students each year. The program blossomed in 1989. After sending his own son Ryan through our program, Dr. James Dobson featured Summit on the Focus on the Family radio program. Currently, Summit hosts ten two-week Student Worldview Conferences every summer, along with a program at Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee (started in 1999). Currently about 1,800 students graduate from the Summit each year.
The home of Summit Ministries is a turn-of- the-century hotel (formerly known as The Grandview), luxurious by early 20th century standards. Around this hotel, Summit has built its home in a complex of buildings dubbed the Summit Village. This, our home base, is located in Manitou Springs, CO at the foot of Pike’s Peak. Currently, Summit’s conferences have expanded to offer the Stand Conference for parents, pastors, and educators.
Summit also now offers Summit Semester for college-bound students.
In 1991, the Publishing Department of Summit launched a year-long program named Understanding the Times for Christian High School students with the goal to teach Christians how to analyze competing worldviews and to defend their faith. Each year more than 3,500 high school seniors graduate from this program. Our curriculum department now also offers worldview curriculum materials for Middle Schools, Elementary Schools, and Sunday Schools.
Today, with its world-renowned Faculty and under the direction of President Dr. Jeff Myers, Summit is viewed as one of the foremost leaders in training Christians in apologetics, worldview analysis, and social engagement. Summit provides a number of helpful resources. You can find many of them here.