Our leadership


We are a congregational church. That means that YOU are the real ministers of our church. The church staff is here to help equip our congregation to serve, not to serve the congregation. That means that you have an active role among us!


That also means that the people of our church, through God's leadership, determine the direction we go. The congregation also elects elders to provide more direct spiritual oversight and to support the staff and ministry leaders in our church.

Our current elders are: 

Mike Holtgren

Chris Jankoviak

Jeff Mann

Dan Metzger

Dan Miller

Brad Neese

Shawn Oltz


Below you'll find our church staff, descriptions of the areas they oversee, and a link to their email.

  • Dan Miller Lead Pastor

    Pastor Dan and his wife, Rhonda, came to Niles in 1992. They have three children, Kayte, Dayleigh, and Ben. As the Lead Pastor, Dan provides spiritual direction for the church, along with our Elders. He is one of the primary teaching pastors, he oversees the church staff, and is passionate about equipping the local church to lead people to follow Christ. Email Dan

  • Brad Neese Associate Pastor

    Pastor Brad joined our pastoral team in March of 2016. Brad and his wife, Crystal, have four children: Elianah, Caleb, Elizabeth, and Samuel. As Associate Pastor, Brad's roles include teaching pastor, group development and systems development at Summit. He desires to live a gospel-centered life and to lead people to follow Jesus Christ.  Email Brad

  • Caleb Hoskins Worship Pastor

    Pastor Caleb and his wife, Jacene, came to Niles in 2007. They have three children, Maya, Evan, and Isla. Caleb is the primary worship leader at Summit. He oversees the worship arts, including music, design, and technology. Email Caleb

  • CHUCK ZOOK  Student Ministry PASTOR

    Pastor Chuck and his wife, Gabi, came to Summit in 2013. They have three daughters, Kelanie, Emma, and Sofie. As Student Ministry Pastor, Chuck oversees students 6th grade through high school, as well as a team of volunteers with a passion to reach students for Christ. They work closely with parents to help students live out their faith. Email Chuck

  • kayte hatch Connections director

    As Summit's Connections Director, Kayte oversees ministries that work to connect the people of Summit and our community. She is passionate about creating welcoming environments for guests, and equipping people to grow from first-time guests to active and engaged members of the Summit Church body.  Email Kayte

  • Zac CanfielD Children's Ministry Director

    Zac and his wife, Elaine, came to Summit in 2016. They have two children, Kai and Zoe. Zac oversees all child related ministries (infant-6th grade) and the volunteers that lead those ministries. Zac has a desire to see families following and serving God together. Email Zac

  • Doris Ruppert Ministry assistant-Children's Ministry

    Doris is our part-time Ministry Assistant in Children's Ministry. Her main role is developing teaching material in Summit Kids. She works directly with our teachers, so that they are best equipped to teach the gospel to our kids.

  • Andrea Neumayer Ministry ASSISTANT-Student Ministry, Connections, Upward

    Andrea Neumayer joined our team in June of 2017 as a part-time Ministry Assistant sharing her time in Student Ministry, Connections and Upward. Andrea recently graduated from Bethel College. 

  • Danielle Gipson Office Assistant

    Danielle is a part-time Office Assistant at Summit. She and her husband Joseph have two children, Oscar and Anabelle. Their family has been a part of our church for several years, and Danielle joined our staff in September of 2016. Email Danielle

  • Nikole Gonzalez Office Assistant-Finances

    Nikole joined our team in December of 2016 as a part-time Office Assistant. Nikole and her husband, Manny, have two children, Nikolaus and Isaak. They have been a part of our church since August of 2016. Email Nikole

  • Tom Maxwell Missions Pastor

    Tom joined our team in the Summer of 2017 as the volunteer Missions Pastor. Tom and his wife, Lisa, have four daughters, Adriana, Alexie, Alayna, and Annalise. He oversees our missions team and will be working on new projects like short-term missions and disaster response. Email Tom

Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Hebrews 13:7