Dr. Jeff Myers, Ph.D. – Summit’s 2nd President, October 2011-Present
In the last 20 years, Dr. Jeff Myers has become one of America’s most respected authorities on youth leadership development, and the Summit Ministries Board of Directors is proud to unanimously endorse him as its 2nd president upon the retirement of Summit’s founder, Dr. David Noebel.
In relation to news about this appointment, Focus on the Family founder and current president of Family Talk, James Dobson referred to Jeff Myers as “a very gifted and inspirational young 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.” Best-selling author Tim LaHaye considers Jeff to be “a rare find” and Joel Belz, the founder of World Magazine, says, “Some people bring competence to the challenges they take on; others bring passion. But Jeff Myers always brings both.”
As a communicator, Dr. Myers weaves together biblical insight, penetrating social commentary, fascinating research, and hilarious personal stories to motivate and challenge listeners. His inspiring presentations have delighted audiences of teachers, business leaders, parents, and young adults, renewing their enthusiasm for passing the baton of godly faithfulness.
Jeff Myers’ involvement with Summit began in 1983 when he attended one of the Colorado summer sessions as a student. Through the years he has served as a summer staff volunteer, instructor, and most recently, chairman of Summit’s board of directors. From 1989 to 1995 Dr. Myers headed up the Summit’s curriculum team as it produced the Understanding the Times and Lightbearers courses for Christian schools. In 1997 Dr. Myers completed his dissertation for the Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of Denver and accepted a faculty appointment at Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee, where he has taught undergraduate and MBA courses in leadership and communication for 14 years. While at Bryan, Dr. Myers also founded and directed an eastern U.S. branch of Summit’s youth and adult programs.
In 2006, Dr. Myers, along with a small team of researchers, writers, and volunteer communicators from the business and education sectors, formed a non-profit organization called Passing the Baton International to turn the attention of Christians around the world to the urgency of preparing future leaders through life-on-life mentoring. To date, more than 200,000 people in 1,500 schools, churches, non-profits, and political groups have received intensive training in how to mentor, coach and disciple the rising generation. The metaphor of “passing the baton” is now in the common parlance and life-on-life mentoring is becoming the next cell-group phenomenon in the church. The boards of Passing the Baton and Summit have unanimously agreed to combine their efforts under Jeff’s leadership and are excited about uniting the messages of biblical worldview, leadership and mentoring across the U.S. and internationally.
Dr. Myers’ many books and video courses include Playpen to Podium, Secrets of Great Communicators, Secrets of the World-Changers, Secrets of Everyday Leaders, Handoff, Cultivate: Forming the Emerging Generation through Life-on-Life Mentoring, and, most recently, The Secret Battle of the Ideas About God. Jeff and his family live in Colorado.