Mike McDaniel

Mike McDaniel


Mike has served as the pastor of church planting and leadership development at The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, N.C. since 2008. During that time, the Summit has planted 32 churches in the U.S. and launched the Summit Network as part of a vision to plant 1,000 churches in this generation. Mike received his B.S. from the University of Texas in Biology (certainly putting that degree to good use) and spent time as a missionary in Taiwan before earning his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston. Mike met his wife, Jamie, on a short-term mission trip to Southeast Asia (the perfect first date spot), and they were married in 2011. Mike and Jamie have two daughters, Madelyn and Amelia. Mike directs the vision and strategy of Summit Network and serves as the primary instructor of the church planting residency.

Josh Miller

Josh Miller

Assessment Director

Josh serves as the pastor of ministry training at The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and has been part of the Summit Network since its launch in 2013. Josh received his B.A. from Hampden-Sydney College and his M.Div. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Josh met his wife Meredith in Farmville, Va. (it’s a real place) while they both served as volunteer leaders in a high school ministry. Josh and Meredith were married in 2011 and have three children, James, Annie and Abigail. Josh oversees recruitment and assessment of prospective church planting residents in addition to overseeing the Summit’s apprenticeship program.

Megan Partin


Megan grew up in Greenville, S.C., and graduated from North Greenville University with a degree in English. In 2016, she moved to the triangle to pursue an M.Div. in Christian Leadership at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. In years past, she has worked as a youth intern and children’s director–all reminding her that she is passionate about training and equipping women to utilize their gifts and strengths in the local church. Megan serves as the administrator to the Summit Network.

Katie Persinger

Communications and Marketing Director

Katie served as the communications director at The Summit Church from 2012 to 2016 before transitioning to a similar role with the Summit Network. Katie previously served as communications director at The Chapel in Chicagoland and communications project manager for Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif. Katie graduated from the University of Georgia in 2004. She now lives in Charleston, W. Va. with her husband, Cleve Persinger, and three kids, Cy, Charlotte, and Warner.

Jeremy Simmons

Assessment Associate

Jeremy is from Columbia, S.C. He is currently working on his M.Div. in International Church Planting at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jeremy and his wife, Beka, met in college in Charleston, S.C. He performs assessments with potential church planters for the Summit Network.