"Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations"
At Summit we believe strongly in the mission to go and make disciples. To that end, we support ministries here in Maine and around the world. Our ministry partnerships represent a commitment that we as a body of believers have made to the selfless individuals who work to further the kingdom of God.
Joni & Friends: New England
Based in Lawrence, Massachusetts, this Joni and Friends Area Ministry serves the six New England states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. We work with local churches and organizations to provide outreach programs that minister help and hope to those who face the daily challenges of life with a disability. We’re committed to reaching individuals and families affected by disability in our community with the love of Christ.
Joni and Friends puts on three Family Retreats during the summer. One retreat in June hosts families of adults affected by disability. One August retreat hosts families with children affected by a disability while the third hosts a mix of adults and children.
The Navigators: Northeast Collegiate
The Navigators Collegiate ministry serves as an open door to share Jesus with between forty and fifty thousand students each year through Life-to-Life relationships, recreation, and discipleship. During these crucial years of life, their goal is to equip students with the skills and tools for them to advance the gospel wherever life leads.
The Northeast Navigators serve in over 20 campuses throughout New England and New York.
Rus Willette: Navigators
Every Navigator’s passion is to help others to know Christ, make Him known, and help others do the same. Through small-group Bible studies and Life-to-Life discipleship, we come alongside people and teach them to be Christ’s followers as they study and apply the Word of God to chart their lives. Then we train them to pass what they have learned on to others.
Jordyn Cram: Navigators
As a college student in Maine I was trying to create an identity for myself in grades, relationships, and anything I could find but none of it seemed to work. That’s when a friend brought me to The Navigators meeting for the first time and I was introduced to a community of new but genuine friends. Through my time in The Navigators as a student I came to know Christ for myself, and by my senior year I decided I wanted to join staff to help other students just like me. Now I get to be part of creating the John 13:34-35 loving community that drew me in as a student and show students the true fulfillment of a life following Christ. I get to meet with students, currently at the University of Connecticut, to help them learn how to read the Bible and to equip them to reach their friends with the gospel, and I pray that as they move towards graduation we will get to send teams of disciplemakers out into the cities and nations from UConn and the northeast as a whole.
The Root Cellar
The Root Cellar was established in 1984 in a dirt floor church basement in Portland, Maine. Recognizing the need for a place where teens could come as an alternative to the streets, and in some cases their homes. Christian volunteers provided a positive place where the area youth could drop in for food, games and friendship. Over the next decade, programs for kids and adults began to take shape as The Root Cellar became an independent non-profit organization supported by volunteers from multiple area churches and denominations. In 2001, completion of a brand new facility at 94 Washington Ave. in Portland enabled the organization to properly host the dozens of programs offered as well as allow for new program ideas. In 2009, The Root Cellar opened a second site in Lewiston – Maine’s 2nd largest city. Located in the heart of the residential downtown neighborhoods. The Root Cellar is committed to bringing enriching services to neighboring youth and their families.
After more than 30 years of hard work and determination, The Root Cellar is still committed as ever to serving and loving our neighbors.
Young Life: Sebago
Young Life is a non-profit, non-denominational Christian outreach to high school-aged kids. It is now in more than 800 communities nationwide and in 53 countries around the world. Young Life seeks to provide a creative and healthy environment in which students can investigate and evaluate the Christian Faith. Young Life Gorham volunteers and staff reach out to adolescents through volunteers, staff, club meetings, and camps. Young Life is open to high school students of any or no faith background.
Everyone is welcome in Young Life! Our programs are custom made for kids throughout their adolescent years. Young Life is the name of our organization and is also the term we use for our program with high school students. We call our middle school program WyldLife. The initiative for college and university students is called Young Life College.
Young Life’s multicultural ministry, focused on kids in diverse cultural communities and those in economically-depressed areas, is arguably the largest of its kind in the United States. We refer to our ministry to kids with disabilities as Capernaum and to our work with teen moms as YoungLives. In a partnership with Military Community Youth Ministries, Young Life reaches military teens through a program called Club Beyond. The Small Towns initiative brings Young Life to communities of fewer than 25,000 people.
Christian pastors and ministry leaders need to thrive in their ministry call, not just survive. No leader is meant to ride solo, although they often do. Pastors need someone they can trust who will ask them “How’s your soul?” and then listen without judgement. Mentoring is preventative care by nature, providing safe accountability, direction, prayerful support and encouragement to stay the course and finish well as led by God.
Ryan & Stephanie Bethel: Cru Lifelines
We work with the Lifelines outdoor ministry in the Northeast region of the U.S., ministering to students from Boston to Maine, NYC to Vermont and beyond! In Lifelines, we take students whitewater rafting, rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, and on many other outdoor adventures in order to reach them with the gospel. One of Lifelines strengths is that it attracts students that would not normally attend a Christian meeting or Bible study. The trips provide numerous opportunities to share the gospel and build relationships with students. As these relationships grow, we can show students how knowing Jesus personally can transform their lives.
Nick Topor: Cru Lifelines
Cru’s mission is to help people know Jesus, grow in their faith, and go to the world. Lifelines is a ministry of Cru that shares this same mission, yet approaches it with a unique strategy – through experiential learning and often outside in God’s creation. Based in Portland, ME, the Lifelines Northeast team takes college students from around New England on adventures like rock climbing, hiking, whitewater rafting, etc.—not just for adventure’s sake, but because throughout history we see God teaching His people in a similar way; through shared experience.
Not only do I get to lead trips for colleges all across the Northeast (NY to ME), I also get to help with the local campus ministries near Portland, leading Bible studies and outreach events on campus as well as discipling young men in their spiritual journeys.
Aaron Mann: Fellowship of Christian Athletes
My goal as the FCA Area Director of Southern Maine is to see every coach and athlete reached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. By the grace of God and through the efforts of our staff, I believe we will see God do a tremendous work all throughout the region. I believe we will see true transformation in the lives of many!
My vision is big, but this is a task that I cannot do alone. I would like to invite you to join my team of supporters as I work to reach Southern Maine with the Gospel. Would you prayerfully consider being a part of God’s work by financially supporting the ministry?
Kristy Engel: Global Consultant
Kristy Engel is a global consultant with a focus on health care issues. She is trained as a pediatric nurse practitioner and holds a Masters Certificate in international nutrition. Kristy served for 12 years in the Dominican Republic, leading mobile medical clinics and International Ministries relief efforts following the 2010 Haiti earthquake. As a global consultant, Kristy is able to visit countries in need of health assessments, ongoing education, health team visits or other forms of collaboration during crisis and non-crisis situations. Her goals are to empower local leaders, to help communities recognize their strengths and understand how to make better use of their resources and to build relationships that increase the health of populations around the world through innovation, networking and encouragement.
Mission of Love Orphanage: Zambia
Jako and Amber Joubert and their 2 boys, Jakob and Jeremiah, started Mission of Love Orphanage in 2006. The orphanage is located in the heart of the bush in Mukamba, Zambia. The vision of the orphanage is to bring the love of Jesus Christ to the children of Zambia through physical and spiritual means.
Mission: to teach the word of God so that people can know the truth about the Creator. To see tribes and nations becoming one and worship God the Father as the King of kings and Lord of lords. To make disciples of Jesus Christ, so that we all will be new creations in Jesus Christ.
New Light Nepal
Every year, over 1.2 million women and children are trafficked around the world. Their lives stolen by sex trafficking, forced child labor, organ trafficking, and child marriage. Since 2012, New Light Nepal has shown the love of Jesus Christ in at-risk communities by providing anti-trafficking training, financial support, and formal education, creating an environment in which fewer children are trafficked in the first place. The ultimate goal is the elimination of human trafficking in Nepal, and the methods are highly successful, cost-effective, and empowering for women.
Operation Mobilization: Gary & Sue Dean
Gary and Sue Dean have served with Operation Mobilization in Sri Lanka for 14 years. They now live in the USA but have been provided with a 5 year multiple entry visa that allows them to to journey back and forth. They minister throughout the entire country and hope to be able to pour their efforts into expanding the newly planted churches in Vavuniya and Trincomalee. They have also been able to explore the calling of ministering to the pastors of these newly planted churches who need much encouragement.
While in the USA, Sue teaches ladies at their home church, Dover Baptist, and has been asked to take on the class for teens as well. Gary has been voted in as an Elder for the church and has been asked to take over leadership of the small group Bible Studies.
Jeni Pedzinski: Thailand
Jeni serves on the leadership team at the New Life Center Foundation (NLCF) in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Established in 1987, the New Life Center serves young ethnic minority (tribal) women who are at risk for, or survivors of, human trafficking, forced labor and sexual abuse. NLCF residents are provided with shelter, education, vocational and life skills training and legal assistance. Special therapeutic activities for survivors include comprehensive art, dance and music therapy and individual counseling. With degrees in development and Christian theology, Jeni provides administrative support, Christian discipleship and financial literacy training to NLCF staff and program beneficiaries. In collaboration with the NLCF’s senior staff, she writes grants, oversees the monitoring and evaluation of program outcomes and assists with public relations.