Summit is proudly part of The Wesleyan Church. We are named after the 18th century reformer and revivalist John Wesley. Wesley was born in 1703 to a large family in England. After attending Oxford, he was ordained into the Anglican church. Wesley spent a few years as a missionary in the Americas, but failed miserably. In his crossing of the Atlantic, during a terrible storm, he was convinced he was going to die. But a group of pietists onboard showed profound faith and courage where he had none. Wesley became strongly influenced by the simple heart-religion and disciplined lifestyle of the pietist movement.
After returning to England, Wesley joined in a revival movement with his friend George Whitfield, preaching outdoors to the crowds of the industrial revolution who rarely had time to attend church with their grueling work schedules. Wesley traveled over 4,000 miles per year on horseback and preached some 40,000 sermons in his lifetime. He organized new believers into small groups called societies, classes, and bands. These groups met together to pray, study the Bible, serve their community, and hold each other accountable. Critics of the movement called them "methodists". Wesley however only wished to reform the Anglican church and the Methodist church did not form until after his death.
John Wesley was always passionate about justice, the poor, and abolition. In fact the last letter he wrote on his death bed in 1791 was to his friend William Wilberforce, encouraging him to keep up the fight against the atlantic slave trade.
Do all the good you can, by all means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.
- JOHN WESLEY