Aaron Atwood

Mr. Aaron Atwood began working for Summit in 2011; he is a 1993 and 1994 alumnus of the Student Worldview Conference. Prior to his role as Vice President of Advancement, he worked for Focus on Family, Centura Health, and as a consultant to Christian ministries and other social sector organizations. He holds a B.A. in English from the University of Colorado and lives in Colorado Springs with his family. Aaron is an avid runner and golfer. He loves doing things that keeps his kids exploring Colorado.

Vice President of Advancement

 

 

Aaron Klemm

Aaron Klemm is the Director of Publishing and Content at Summit Ministries. Aaron is passionate about providing resources that help Christians live out their faith in all areas of life. He grew up on a farm in central Illinois, studied business and communications at Monmouth College, and now loves the mountain adventures of Colorado. Aaron is often enjoying those Colorado landscapes with his wife, Nadine, and son, Walter. When not adventuring, he spends time working with his hands, learning something new in theology and apologetics, teaching 11th-grade Bible at a local Christian school, or cheering on his favorite sports teams—the St. Louis Cardinals and Green Bay Packers.

Director of Publishing and Content

 

 

Amy Robison

Amy Robison grew up in the Chicago suburbs and moved to Colorado to join the Summit team in 2017.  She attended a Student Conference in 2009 and came back to work on Summer Staff in 2011 and 2012. Amy studied Fashion Design in college and is passionate about using creativity to serve others.   She lived in Kenya briefly working with a ministry providing vocational training for women, and continues to design for their clothing line. A self-proclaimed ambivert, she’s an avid reader and collects old books, is obsessive when it comes to history, loves to travel, and adores the mountains!

Design Specialist

 

Andrew Winchell

Andrew Winchell joined the Summit Team full time in January 2016 and serves as Video Production Manager. After graduating high school in rural Wisconsin, he invested in a video camera and began traveling the country building experience shooting films for non-profits. He attended Summit’s Student Conference in 2010 and spent 5 years serving in a variety of Summer Staff and Intern roles. In his free time, Andrew enjoys serving with his church, traveling, and trying local restaurants and coffee shops with his wife Krystan.

Video Production Manager

 

 

Bonnie Blair

Bonnie Blair Summit MinistriesBonnie is a life-long supporter of Christian Education. Her son attended Christian school from K-12, attended two Summit Student Conferences, and is a graduate of Grace College in Winona Lake, IN. She was first introduced to Summit curriculum while serving as the Development Director at Warsaw Christian School. When she saw Building on the Rock, she immediately turned to her Administrator and Principal and said “This is how I wish Bible had been taught when our son was here!” The school is now using Building on the Rock thanks in great part to her influence. Bonnie is passionate about helping students understand worldviews. She states that “Calling on schools is an opportunity to help them understand the value of Christian worldview training. They need to know that this curriculum is available as a choice.”

She is currently working remotely from her home in Warsaw, Indiana, and enjoys spending time with her family. Her free time is spent connecting with people or out in the barn with her horses. A favored verse is 2 Cor. 5:15 “He died for everyone so that those who receive His new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live or Christ, who died and was raised for them.”

Lead Curriculum Specialist

 

Carlos Kealy

Carlos Kealy joined the Summit team in April 2022. Before he moved back to Colorado, he was a Combat Videographer in the United States Marine Corps. His job was to document training missions, ceremonies, and other military-related events. Carlos trained to become a Combat Videographer at the Defense Information School where he met his wife, Emily. Now they keep their hands full with a beautiful baby girl born at the end of 2021.

Videographer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dawn Glass

Dawn joined the Summit Ministries team in 2013. Her history with Summit dates back to the ’70s when her grandparents began to support the ministry. It has been a family affair ever since, as she and her brother (Dan) attended a Student Conference (and her parents an Adult Conference). It’s been a truly amazing thing to watch and experience this life-changing ministry operate, transform, and impact lives for the kingdom of God.
Dawn lives in Colorado, with her sweet dog Maggie. She absolutely loves traveling and exploring new (and familiar) places with her camera in hand. Dawn graduated from Montana Bible College with an emphasis in Biblical Studies. She also loves baking, health and wellness, mentoring young ladies, and hearing people’s stories of life change.

Stewardship & Accounting Support

 

Dustin Jizmejian

Dustin Jizmejian is the Sr. Director of Conferences and Events. Starting in 2003, Dustin has been working on Summit’s Summer Staff while pursuing an undergraduate degree from Biola University and a graduate degree from Denver Seminary. After graduation from Seminary, Dustin took a position at Philadelphia Biblical University as a Resident Director, only to be called back by Summit Ministries to direct the Semester program in 2011. In 2019, Dustin accepted a change in position at Summit to Vice President of Programs. While Dustin leads Programs he also speaks on topics ranging from God’s Will, The Christian Worldview, Christian Community, and Pornography. He is currently seeking an additional Masters in Leadership, Theology, and Society from Regent College in Vancouver, Canada. Dustin and his wife Ruthann have been married for nine years and have four children, Rafferty, Cosette, Briar, and Trask and they call Manitou Springs their home.

Sr. Director of Conferences and Events

 

 

Elizabeth Tomaszewski

Elizabeth Tomaszewski started her Summit journey in 2013. She was a student at our Summer Conference twice and attended Summit Semester before staffing for four summers. In 2017 she attended the Oxford Study Centre, where she studied International Relations and World Religions. She graduated from Thomas Edison State University with a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a minor in Business Administration. When she isn’t serving Summit parents and students, Elizabeth enjoys adventuring in the mountains of Colorado, writing poetry, and reading good books. She also makes a pretty delicious chocolate chip cookie.

Customer Support Specialist

 

Elli Ramirez

Elli Patterson, Summit MinistriesElli Ramirez is the Product Specialist here at Summit Ministries. She is passionate about helping Summit accomplish its mission to equip and support rising generations to embrace God’s truth and champion a biblical worldview.  By working in the Publishing and Content Group she helps to create and acquire products and resources that equip students. She grew up in Colorado Springs and fell in love with Summit Ministries when she attended a student conference in 2018. Before coming on full-time staff in February of 2022, she worked as a Summit intern and part-time staff member. When she is not doing school you can find her spending time with friends and family, going on road trips, reading a good book, hiking in the mountains, or camping.

Product Specialist

 

Emily Root

Emily Root is originally from a small town in central Kansas called Chase. In May 2018, she graduated from Missouri State University with her BS in General Business having an emphasis in Management. During school, she was a student leader with Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU) leading the women of CRU. She did an internship with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks in the Special Events department. Weirdly enough, she found out about Summit through an online Christian ministry directory. When she saw we had an opening in her field, she applied and got the job. In her spare time, she really enjoys kayaking, hiking, taking trips to the lake, and spending time with her family and friends.

Advancement Specialist

 

 

 

Faith Wisdom

Faith Wisdom grew up in Costa Rica as a missionary child. This taught her the importance of hard work and the value of family. She moved to the United States of America to pursue a doctorate degree in physical therapy. Faith came to know Summit Ministries through her older sister Krystal Wisdom. She began working for Summit Ministries in the fall of 2019. Faith passionately enjoys dancing, live music, cooking, playing cards, and spending time with family and friends.

Hospitality Specialist

 

 

 

 

Heather Sewell

Heather Sewell joined Summit in 2017. Before joining the Summit team, she served as the Director of Marketing and Advocacy at a regional orphan care ministry in Kentucky, Orphan Care Alliance. Advocating for kids and families from hard places continues to be one of her passions. In her free time, Heather enjoys hosting guests in her home and serving youth in her local community.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism degree. Heather and her family live in Colorado Springs.

Marketing Manager

 

 

 

Isaac Morse

Isaac Morse began working with Summit Ministries as a video intern in 2019, and then later as a freelance videographer and event production assistant. He graduated from UC Denver with a Communications degree and a minor in Film and TV Production. Throughout college, Isaac ran a small film company and gained experience producing films in both ministry and corporate settings. Being a natural planner and a strong strategic thinker, Isaac is able to grasp and execute visions through film with impact and heart. He is passionate about teaching youth specifically and believes that visual media is one of the most powerful ways to introduce them to biblical truth. In his spare time, he enjoys picking at the banjo, playing nerdy board games, and being outside. He lives in Colorado Springs, CO with his wife (who also happens to be his high school sweetheart) and their fluffy dog who looks like Chewbacca.

Video Production Specialist

 

Jason Graham

Jason Graham has worked for Summit since 2001. He is currently the Vice-President of Program Services. Over the years, Jason has worked on a number of Summit’s most notable curriculum projects, including Summit’s high school and middle school curricula: Understanding the Times and Lightbearers. Jason holds a BS in Marketing from Oklahoma State University, an MA in Philosophy of Religion from Denver Seminary, and an MBA from Champlain College. He lives in Colorado Springs, CO with his amazing wife Rebecca and their three energetic kids: Katelyn, Caleb, and Madeline. On the weekends, Jason can be found hiking with his family, taking photos, or playing volleyball.

Vice-President of Program Services

 

 

Jeff Myers

Dr. Jeff Myers is president of Summit Ministries. As an educator and entrepreneur, Dr. Myers has become one of America’s most respected authorities on youth leadership development. Focus on the Family founder James Dobson referred to him as “a very gifted and inspirational leader.” Evangelist Josh McDowell called him “a man who is 100% sold out to preparing the next generation to reflect the character of Christ in the culture.”Through his speaking engagements and media appearances Dr. Myers has become a fresh voice offering humor and insight from a Christian worldview. He is the author of 14 books, including Understanding the Faith, Understanding the Times, and Understanding the Culture textbooks which are studied by tens of thousands of students.  Dr. Myers holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Denver. He continues to engage college students and adult learners by serving as a trustee of Colorado Christian University and through a Signature Leadership Course offered by the Lumerit Corporation, which serves the training needs of many Fortune 100 companies. Jeff and his wife Stephanie and their family live in Colorado.

President

 

 

Jeff Wood

Jeff Wood joined the Summit team in January 2015 as the Vice-President of Finance and Administration. Jeff’s first exposure to Summit was through one his daughters who attended a Colorado Student Conference in 2002. Prior to joining Summit, Jeff served with Compassion International for 25 years in a variety of executive leadership roles. He holds a B.A in Economics from Wheaton College. Jeff and his wife, Carol, along with their adult children live in the Colorado Springs, CO area. They love exploring Colorado’s beautiful mountains either on foot or by motorcycle.

Vice-President of Finance and Administration

 

 

Jillian Wilhelm

Jillian was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH, but has spent a significant amount of time living and working at Snow Wolf Lodge over the past few years.  Throughout this time, she gained a deep love for the lodge and its beautiful surroundings as well as Summit’s Semester program that takes place there.  It is now her privilege to call the lodge home while serving retreat groups throughout the year, sharing her love for it with those blessed to spend time there while attempting to create a warm and welcoming environment through gospel-fueled hospitality.  In her free time, Jillian enjoys pairing a good book with good coffee, spending time with friends and family, and enjoying God’s beautiful creation through climbing, hiking, skiing and snowboarding.

Retreat Coordinator/Maintenance Technician

 

 

Jim Swenson

Jim Swenson, originally from the great state of Minnesota, has been a Colorado resident now for over 35 years.  He is an extremely proud father of 2 great sons and a tremendously gifted daughter.  He joined the properties team in 2021 because of his deep love for the Lord.  Jim looks forward to using his experience and knowledge to help Summit develop the best experience possible for residents, guests, and staff!  He has many hobbies but his enjoyment of in-depth bible study, related theological conversations, and especially eating food prepared by others are at the top of his list!  Jim also loves enjoying the beauty of the mountains, preferably from the seat of his Harley Davidson.

Maintenance Supervisor

 

 

 

 

 

Jody Byrkett

Jody Byrkett has run the gamut of the Summit world. From student (2003 and 2004) and summer staff (2005-2010), she progressed to being a mentor at Summit Semester (2007) and year-round staff (2010). She has attended both Summit Semester and the Oxford Study Centre (formerly Summit Oxford) — where she studied the contrast between the French and American revolutions. Jody now works in the Publishing department as a shipping expert and the Senior Editor for Reflect. When she’s not drinking tea, reading, or editing for theology and art blogs, you can find her trekking across the mountains by sunlight or starlight.

Manitou Shipping Specialist

 

 

Joey Amadee

Joey Amadee and his family have lived in Colorado Springs, CO since 2009. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business and Music from Bryan College in Dayton, TN. He has been working in the field of Information Technology for the last 12 years, building and maintaining computer systems and networks along with contributing to, designing, and writing software solutions and apps.  He has sold software to various businesses and continues support and maintenance through licensing deals for some of these digital platforms. Starting January 1, 2016, Joey accepted a position at Summit Ministries where he had previously been working as a contractor. He and his wife just had their first child — a baby girl — and they look forward to a continuation of serving Summit in the years to come.

Information Technology Director

 

 

Jon DeLange

Jon DeLange has worked for Summit since March of 2018. He has held roles in politics, digital marketing, and non-profit development in the pro-life world before working with Summit. Jon lives and works in the beautiful city of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and enjoys nerding out about anything strategic! Whether it’s rock climbing, business strategy, or the latest pro-life apologetic, he loves to work on interesting challenges. Jon graduated from TESU with a BA in Communications in 2015 and holds a Certificate of Ministry Leadership in Applied Bioethics from Oklahoma Wesleyan University.

Direct Mail and Digital Manager

 

 

 

Josh Wilson

Josh Wilson is the Ministry Project Manager for Summit Ministries. Born and raised in Colorado, he moved to San Diego in high school. Josh is married to his college sweetheart, Liane, and they have three teenage children. In 2016, the family moved to Colorado Springs.

Prior to coming to Summit, Josh spent 18 years serving in three churches in the San Diego and Colorado Springs areas.  He has extensive experience in project management, events, production, and technology.

 

Joshua Clupny

Josh joined Summit in December 2014. He attended Summit as a student during his third year of college (’04) and was changed forever by his experience at Summit. It was there that he realized the impact an individual’s worldview has on every aspect of life. He also was encouraged to know that God can and wants to use His followers in all areas of culture. He spent most of his life in New Mexico and came to know the Lord at an early age. He holds an Associate of Applied Science – Criminal Justice from Central New Mexico Community College, a Bachelor’s of Criminal Justice from New Mexico State University, and a Master’s of Business Administration from New Mexico Highlands University and hopes to continue his studies in the future. He and his beautiful wife, Olivia (another Summit grad), are raising their two kids, Clara Jane and Jack, and love to travel and watch college sports (well, any sport) and see what God has in store for their family.

HR Specialist

 

 

Julie Smyth

Julie Smyth is the Curriculum Developer and Editorial Specialist for Summit Ministries’ Publishing and Content team. She graduated from Patrick Henry College in 2012 with a B.A. in Journalism: Liberal Arts and from Moody Theological Seminary in 2019 with a M.A. in Applied Biblical Studies. Julie is a long-time resident of Colorado Springs and has a long personal history with Summit Ministries. She is passionate about equipping the rising generations to embrace God’s truth and champion a biblical worldview.  When she is not learning something new, she can be found reading classic novels, cooking tasty food for friends and family, or walking her dog Peaches.
Curriculum Developer and Editorial Specialist

 

Justin Gravatt

Born and raised in Southern California, Justin received his bachelor’s degree at Vanguard University. Later, he studied at Talbot School of Theology where he received his master’s degree in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics. Justin joined the Summit team in December of 2021 as the Content Manager. He is deeply motivated to show how the good news of King Jesus is intellectually rational, morally intuitive, and offers profound purpose in life. Justin is married to his beautiful wife, Ciara, and they have a dog named Dax. When he is not spending time with his wife, or playing chess, or hiking, you will likely find Justin reading a good book.

Content Manager

 

 

 

 

 

Katie Bergford

Katie Bergford is the Colorado Program Coordinator. She is passionate about Summit’s mission to support and equip the rising generation to embrace God’s truth and champion a Biblical worldview. Katie first caught the mission when she came to Summit in 2017 and experienced the love and truth of Jesus Christ to new depths, changing the trajectory of her life. In the past few years, she has been on summer staff, a member of the team to launch Summit Virtual, a mentor at Summit Semester, and the Ladies Staff Director. Her current role is her dream job where she loves being a part of the leadership development of summer staff and investment in the lives of students. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Colorado Christian University and is working towards her master’s degree in Applied Apologetics. She enjoys spending time with her husband, photography, exploring the Rocky Mountains, and playing volleyball with friends, and game nights with her family.

Colorado Program Coordinator

 

Keegan Brittain

Keegan Brittain first encountered Summit in 2014 as a young student seeking truth in the face of life’s big questions. The answers he found and the relationships he formed motivated him to pursue further opportunities with this ministry and after a summer of staffing in 2021 he joined Summit full time in early 2022. He now hopes to use his talents and giftings to further Summit’s mission of engaging and equipping young minds through truth and relationships. Keegan holds a degree in Organizational Leadership from Northern Kentucky University and enjoys volunteering in Junior High ministry in his local church. Traveling and learning are twin passions of his and he’ll never turn down an opportunity to try something new, especially if it involves art, music, film or food.

Customer Care Specialist

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kellan McIntire

Kellan and his family became involved with Summit Ministries in 2002. Through the years he had the opportunity to grow up around the Summit program and to get to know the staffers and faculty who contributed to making the conferences happen. In the summer of 2016, Kellan switched over from his full-time job with his family’s business to come and staff himself. That following autumn he was a mentor at Summit’s Semester program and then was the Men’s Staff Director for the Colorado location during the summer of 2017.  He joined the full-time team in February of 2018 to help other students to have the chance to attend the program that had been so impactful in his and his family’s life. Kellan is a Colorado native and loves traveling over his state on long drives looking for pretty views and places to go camping and sailing. He likes spending time sharing coffee, food, and fun with his family and friends. He has also been involved as a leader in youth ministry with his church through the last 4 years.

Online and Remote Conference Coordinator

 

Krystan Winchell

Krystan grew up mostly in New Mexico and attended college at New Mexico State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications. Krystan attended Summit’s Student Conference in 2005 and worked on Summer Staff in 2007 and 2008. After graduating, she moved to Colorado and joined Summit full-time and has served in a variety of roles including: Assistant to the Business Manager, Development Officer, Alumni Programs Manager, and now as Experience Manager. She and her husband, Andrew, enjoy travel (especially Switzerland), coffee (oat milk vanilla lattes), and movies (…good ones).

Experience Manager

 

Lois McNair

Lois McNair joined Summit in 2018. She received a B.A. from Tennessee Temple University. ​She loved being a school teacher, Bible teacher, worship leader, and conference speaker. She married her sixth-grade boyfriend, Bobby, 29 years ago and they​ have been in ministry together since 1991. They have four children. Their oldest, Micah, ​is married to Hali​ and is on staff at his church. Meagan is a church worship leader and is a professional makeup artist. Morgan is attending ​college, and Macauley is a ​junior​ in high school. Lois loves living near the beach and the beautiful and sometimes “messy” adventure that everyday life brings with her family.

Curriculum Specialist

 

Lynnette Han

Lynnette joined the Summit team in March of 2018 to serve as the Support Services Specialist. She graduated from Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, OK with a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science. From there she moved to China to become a teacher of English as a Second Language to University students who were eager to learn all they could about Western language and culture. After marriage, then off and on over the years she and her husband have lived and traveled in Asia where they enjoy the privilege of building life-long friendships as they continually seek every opportunity to point to the one true Light in this dark world. In her spare time Lynnette likes studying, making puzzles, doing arts and crafts, and singing. You will also find her traveling, camping and hiking every chance she gets.

Ministry Services Specialist

 

Macki Jones

Macki came on board at Summit in early fall of 2015 as Curriculum Managing Editor. Her testimony and dramatic conversion from atheist and Darwinist to believer and creationist brings a unique perspective to the Summit team. She holds a B.A. in anthropology with an emphasis in archaeology, and an M.A. in curriculum and instruction. Macki has experience as a curriculum coordinator and middle school science teacher in Christian and charter schools here in Colorado Springs. In 2006 she accepted a position at ACSI as a curriculum designer and textbook editor. For the past several years she has also served as an adjunct professor and course developer for Colorado Christian University. You can find Macki on the tennis courts, playing volleyball, hiking, and exploring the beauty of God’s creation.

Sr. Curriculum Editor

 

 

Marit Byron

Marit Byron joined the Summit staff in 2014 and currently serves on the IT team. Her structured education concluded with a B.A. in Philosophy and Theatre from Northwestern College, but her daily on-the-job training continues for her other full-time positions as a wife and mother. Marit is currently putting down roots in Eastern Iowa, with her husband, son, and two daughters. Together they enjoy traveling the world, exploring their city, and opening their home to neighbors for food and conversation. Marit is an avid black coffee drinker and always prefers to be barefoot.

IT Specialist

 

 

Mark Erikson

Mark Erikson joined the Summit team in October 2018 as a Regional Conference Manager and today he serves as the Powered by Summit Manager. Even as a kid, Mark’s dream was to live in the mountains of Colorado where he could hunt, fish, and eventually star in his own wilderness reality television show. Although the reality television space is a little crowded these days, Mark still hopes to fulfill his other dream of helping turn the tide in American Christianity.

Mark has 30 years of experience as a pastor. Before coming to Summit, he planted a church in the Detroit suburbs and served on the staff of a very large church in northeast Ohio where he founded a ministry to international students. Mark and his wife, Anne, bleed Ohio State scarlet and gray. They have two adult children — Kyle, who lives in Colorado, and Rachel, who lives in Texas. Their passions include good food, good books, and a good hike with their dog Lincoln.

Powered by Summit Manager

 

Mark Rader

Mark Rader was first introduced to Summit in 1999 when he was serving at Focus on the Family Institute.  He reconnected with Summit in 2016 and was offered a position as the National Director of Student Recruitment in 2017. In February of 2018, he became a Special Assistant to the President to help Summit serve our donors more effectively. He is passionate about spreading the word about Summit across America, believing that God has raised up Summit for “such a time as this”.

Born and raised near Seattle, Mark graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1974 and spend 20 years in the Air Force, including time as a missile officer as well as several training and education jobs. His favorite assignment was teaching Air Force ROTC at Oregon State University. He met his wife Donna while stationed in San Antonio and retired from the Air Force in 1994. Mark then spent three years in admissions work at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, followed by six years as Director of Admissions at Focus on the Family Institute from 1997-2003. He then served for 11 years at Biblica, his last five years the Director of Military Ministry. Mark and Donna have been married for 31 years and have three grown daughters, Emily, Sarah, and Olivia, and three wonderful grandchildren. They enjoy exploring the great outdoors in Colorado, fishing, music, sports, their local church, and the opportunity to grow together with Christ.

Donor Relationship Specialist

 

Michael Robison

Michael hails from Texas but the mountains have grown on him since coming to work at Summit in 2012. He grew up working in his parents’ aquaculture business, where they supplied fish stocking and management for private lakes. Michael works with the properties team as a project manager. On the weekends he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter and off-roading in his jeep.

Properties Project Manager

 

 

 

 

 

Molly Geiger

Molly Geiger, Summit Ministries, Hospitality Coordinator

Molly Geiger grew up in Bismarck, ND. She moved to Colorado in 2016 and was quickly charmed with the little mountain towns. Molly’s experiences and interests are as diverse as they are numerous… Whether it was butchering chickens on the family farm, working with orphans in Taiwan, volunteering as an EMT/FF, or floral events, Molly has given herself quite the education through real life. She first attended Summit in 2011 and then worked on summer staff that summer. She has worked as a kitchen supervisor, women’s staff director, summer program coordinator, and now hospitality coordinator. Molly has a passion for serving and leading people and Summit is the perfect outlet for her to accomplish those goals. Molly enjoys traveling, caring for infants in foster care, reading new books, and supporting local coffee shops.

Hospitality Coordinator

 

 

 

 

Nathan Reitz

Born and raised on the other side of Pikes Peak from where Summit is located, Nathan happily discovered Summit through his wife Shelly and Mom-in-law, Trudy Friesema.  Bringing a diverse background of experience in the skilled trades and a BA in Biblical Studies from Colorado Christian University, Nathan began serving alongside Summit in 2007 through the Maintenance Department.  From 2009 to 2018, Nathan and Shelly managed year-round operations at Snow Wolf Lodge, where Summit Semester is held each fall.  Returning the summer of 2018 to the Manitou Springs location with his wife and 3 children- Daniel, Raylee, and Naomi, Nathan now oversees all Summit properties.  He delights in developing a work culture in which properties integrally serves alongside all other departments so that the students, faculty, and staff are cared for in the best possible way.  Outside of work, Nathan and his family enjoy loving children through foster care and pursuing all the wonders Colorado has to offer.

Director of Properties

 

 

Rick Olson

Rick Olson serves Summit in the area of Advancement.  He has a passion for stewardship and has been privileged to serve numerous ministries and churches over the years.  He holds a B.S. in Business/Marketing from the University of Southern California and an MDiv in Pastoral Ministries from Talbot Seminary.  He lives in Southern California and the greatest part of his life is his marriage to Cheryl and his four children.

Donor Relationship Specialist

 

 

 

 

Sinh Nguyen

Sinh Nguyen began working for Summit in the fall of 2019. Originally born in Vietnam but emigrated to the States back in 1995. He has a bachelor’s degree in science business from University of Colorado Colorado Springs in 2002.  Previously he worked at Biblica for eight years as the Director of Finance and for school District 11 for 5 years. Sinh and his family have lived in Colorado Springs for the past twenty-four years since he has moved to the States. He likes to watch any Colorado sports team, and enjoys going on walks and hikes, taking in what Colorado has to offer.

Controller

 

Steve Partlow

Steve Partlow joined the team at Summit, as a Special Assistant to the President, in February of 2018.  He had retired from a successful career in donor development with several major Christian ministries here in the U.S. and in Europe.

Steve grew up in Dallas, Texas and started his adventurous career as a volunteer area director with Young Life, leading high school students into a relationship with their Savior.  After graduating from college at the University of Texas Arlington, he attended Dallas and Fuller Theological seminaries.  He has been serving young people and adults for the past 47 years through Young Life, Focus on the Family and Every Home for Christ.  With Summit, he is still enjoying and being challenged in developing and deepening relationships with donors and prospective ministry partners.

High school is where he met his wife, Candy, and they have been married for 46 years.  They have been blessed with three children and five grandchildren that all live in Colorado Springs.  Steve and Candy also have loved their role as Sponsor Parents to Cadets at the Air Force Academy for the past 22 years.

Donor Relationship Specialist

 

Terry and April Bancesco

Terry Bancesco is the Property Manager at Snow wolf lodge in Pagosa Springs. Terry joined Summit Ministries in 2017 as the lodge’s Maintenance Supervisor. Terry Grew up in northwestern Canada at the base of the Rockies, met the girl of his dreams and moved to Texas.  He has assumed Maintenance/Management roles in multiple companies including Walmart, Providential Properties, Staples, Flowers Foods and Clarus Glassboards.  Terry enjoys solid family relationships with his coworkers and values building solid support teams within the workplace.  Terry’s wife April joined the Summit team in 2017 with Terry as the Retreat Coordinator at Snow Wolf Lodge. April has taken on the role as catering manager at the lodge, overseeing kitchen compliance and the creation of delectable foods for Semester and year-round retreat groups. April was also born in western Canada but grew up in California only to return to Canada one day to find Terry.  Both love Summit Semester, working with and building relationships with the students as they make the lodge their home and community each fall.  Terry and April both enjoy getting out in the wilderness and soaking up the outdoors.  They enjoy hiking, kayaking, fishing, hunting, skiing, snowboarding, camping, 4x4ing and especially hammocking with a great book.

Terry – Snow Wolf Lodge Property Manager

April – Snow Wolf Lodge Retreat Coordinator

 

 

Tim Bettelli

Tim Bettilli, Summit MinistriesTim Bettelli joined Summit Ministries at the end of November 2021. Before coming to Summit Ministries he served as a major gift officer for Focus on the Family for almost six years. He is originally from Miami, Florida. Tim and his wife of 16 years, Louise, are the parents of four children, George, 14, Ethan, 11, Lexi, 9, and Isaiah, 4. Tim loves the coast, and gets back to the Florida beaches as often as he can. He enjoys surfing, snowboarding, and hiking in his free time. When he’s not traveling, he serves as a deacon at his church. He has a love for understanding and deepening his Christian worldview through books and podcasts. Louise, is an administrator at a local Christian school, and when she’s not doing that, she writes for a marriage ministry. Tim and Lou love to travel and explore new places together. Tim holds an undergraduate degree in Biblical Studies and a Juris Doctor.

Donor Relationship Specialist

 

Tosha Payne

Tosha Payne spent her youngest years in Iowa, then lived in the Chicago area, and has traveled extensively before coming to Colorado as summer staff here at Summit in May of 2011. A Summit weekend worldview conference came to her area when she was a teenager and she keenly remembers how hungry she was to take in those words that rang with truth and begged her to live life intentionally. Mission trips, work, and friends have taken her to faraway places, but her love for travel was ignited early on by visiting National Parks with her family. Tosha has a B.A. in Counseling and M.A. in Business Administration and now enjoys taking advantage of the adventures to be had in CO camping, hiking, swimming, skiing, skating, kayaking, and hosting visitors.

Executive Assistant to the President

 

Tripp Almon

Tripp Almon relocated to the great state of Colorado with his wife, Megan, and their kids, Neely and Rogan, from the little town of Newnan, Georgia — just south of Atlanta. Tripp’s passion for educating students in the areas of Christian theology, worldview, and apologetics grew in large part from growing up in a Christian home and then struggling profoundly with the tidal wave of cultural ideas that engulfed him as he entered a secular university. Thankfully, his experience taught him that Christianity not only stands in the marketplace of ideas — it soars. Since then, he and Megan, an apologist and speaker with Life Training Institute, seek to cultivate environments where students feel the freedom to ask big questions and are encouraged to pursue real answers. Before joining Summit, Tripp, a former elite gymnast, coached gymnastics for more than two decades and served as a pastor for 10 years. He and his family love the outdoors and adventure sports, particularly off-road motorcycling.  Tripp is also a rally car co-driver with Almon Brothers Racing Team — 2017 champions of the NASA Rally Atlantic Cup Series.

Director of Summit Semester

 

Vicky Morris

Vicky joined Summit in April 2019.  Originally from upstate New York (wayyyyy upstate, about 2 hours from the Canadian border), she attended Christian school from grades 6 through 12.  She received a BS in Accounting and an MS in Accounting and Management from Oswego State University in NY.  Her accounting experience has been in health care, banking, telecom, auditing, forensic accounting, radiology, newspapers and non-profit.  She spent 10 years in New York City and Brooklyn, working 7 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and enjoying NYC history, museums, walking tours, biking, hiking, Broadway musicals, opera, volleyball, restaurants, Junior’s cheesecake and the no-nonsense, you-always-know-what-they-are-thinking New Yorkers.   She moved to Colorado in 2008 and found a permanent home.  Appreciating Summit’s mission to educate, inform and prepare young people with a Biblical worldview and have loving conversations with others about what they believe, her goal is to have Summit be the last job she ever has.  She loves to go hiking, camping and backpacking in the mountains and enjoys lots of quality time with her dog Ruby.

Accounts Payable Specialist

 

Victor Ramirez

Victor was born in Southern California but has been living in the Colorado Springs area since he was nine. He is captivated by God’s creation every day and thoroughly enjoys exploring the mountains. He enjoys hiking, as well as cruising through the backcountry via snowboard in the winter. He is passionate about seeing the next generation rise up as fervent followers of Christ, and has been working with youth since 2014, serving at summer camps, VBS’s, and church youth groups. Victor joined the Maintenance Team at Summit Ministries in 2021, prior to which he fulfilled his appreciation for construction and maintenance through working as a foreman at Foxworth Galbraith.

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