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

Eric Hoppstock

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 administrative Pastor

    Kayte began on staff in 2015, and has attended Summit for many years. Her and her husband Jordan have a son, Everett. Kayte oversees ministries that work to connect the people of Summit and our community. Kayte oversees the Front Office and provides administrative support to many ministries at Summit Church. Email Kayte

  • 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.

  • Nikole Gonzalez ministry Assistant

    Nikole joined our team in December of 2016 as a part-time Ministry 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

  • Danielle Gipson ministry Assistant

    Danielle is a part-time Ministry 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

  • Kristin Chabot Ministry Assistant

    Kristin Chabot joined our team in October of 2018 as a part-time Ministry Assistant. Kristin will oversee the Connect Team and Meals Ministry. Kristin and her husband, Browning, have three daughters, Piper, Reese and Josie. They have been a part of our Summit Church family since 2011. Email Kristin

  • Nakita Walter Ministry assistant

    Nakita joined the Summit staff in May of 2019. Currently, her primary role is to serve as ministry assistant for Upward Soccer. Her and her husband Ryan have two daughters, Laina and Reniya. They have been a part of the Summit Church family since April of 2018. Email Nakita

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