Summit Point Church is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. Our Church remains autonomous from the convention, as each church directs its own affairs apart from outside intervention, deciding for itself how to deal with all matters. Southern Baptists have prepared a statement of generally held convictions called The Baptist Faith and Message. It serves as a guide to understanding who we are and what we believe.
The Scriptures . . .
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.
Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 17:19; Joshua 8:34; Psalms 19:7-10; 119:11,89,105,140; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8; Jeremiah 15:16; 36:1-32; Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Acts 2:16ff.; 17:11; Romans 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21.
God . . .
There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
God as Father . . .
God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men.
Genesis 1:1; 2:7; Exodus 3:14; 6:2-3; 15:11ff.; 20:1ff.; Leviticus 22:2; Deuteronomy 6:4; 32:6; 1 Chronicles 29:10; Psalm 19:1-3; Isaiah 43:3,15; 64:8; Jeremiah 10:10; 17:13; Matthew 6:9ff.; 7:11; 23:9; 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; John 4:24; 5:26; 14:6-13; 17:1-8; Acts 1:7; Romans 8:14-15; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 4:6; Colossians 1:15; 1 Timothy 1:17; Hebrews 11:6; 12:9; 1 Peter 1:17; 1 John 5:7.
God the Son. . .
Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature with its demands and necessities and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator, fully God, fully man, in whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and man. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission. He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever present Lord.
Genesis 18:1.; Psalms 2:7.; 110:1.; Isaiah 7:14; 53; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 11:27; 14:33; 16:16,27; 17:5; 27; 28:1-6,19; Mark 1:1; 3:11; Luke 1:35; 4:41; 22:70; 24:46; John 1:1-18,29; 10:30,38; 11:25-27; 12:44-50; 14:7-11; 16:15-16,28; 17:1-5, 21-22; 20:1-20,28; Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; 7:55-56; 9:4-5,20; Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 5:6-21; 8:1-3,34; 10:4; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2:2; 8:6; 15:1-8,24-28; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; 8:9; Galatians 4:4-5; Ephesians 1:20; 3:11; 4:7-10; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:13-22; 2:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16; Titus 2:13-14; Hebrews 1:1-3; 4:14-15; 7:14-28; 9:12-15,24-28; 12:2; 13:8; 1 Peter 2:21-25; 3:22; 1 John 1:7-9; 3:2; 4:14-15; 5:9; 2 John 7-9; Revelation 1:13-16; 5:9-14; 12:10-11; 13:8; 19:16.
God The Holy Spirit . . .
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures. Through illumination He enables men to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He calls men to the Saviour, and effects regeneration. At the moment of regeneration He baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ. He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church. He seals the believer unto the day of final redemption. His presence in the Christian is the guarantee that God will bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.
Genesis 1:2; Judges 14:6; Job 26:13; Psalms 51:11; 139:7ff.; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Matthew 1:18; 3:16; 4:1; 12:28-32; 28:19; Mark 1:10,12; Luke 1:35; 4:1,18-19; 11:13; 12:12; 24:49; John 4:24; 14:16-17,26; 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4,38; 4:31; 5:3; 6:3; 7:55; 8:17,39; 10:44; 13:2; 15:28; 16:6; 19:1-6; Romans 8:9-11,14-16,26-27; 1 Corinthians 2:10-14; 3:16; 12:3-11,13; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30; 5:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; 1 Timothy 3:16; 4:1; 2 Timothy 1:14; 3:16; Hebrews 9:8,14; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 John 4:13; 5:6-7; Revelation 1:10; 22:17.
Man . . .
Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. The gift of gender is thus part of the goodness of God’s creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the temptation of Satan man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original innocence whereby his posterity inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin. Therefore, as soon as they are capable of moral action, they become transgressors and are under condemnation. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore, every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
Genesis 1:26-30; 2:5,7,18-22; 3; 9:6; Psalms 1; 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5; Isaiah 6:5; Jeremiah 17:5; Matthew 16:26; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18,23; 5:6,12,19; 6:6; 7:14-25; 8:14-18,29; 1 Corinthians 1:21-31; 15:19,21-22; Ephesians 2:1-22; Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9-11.
Salvation . . .
Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.
A. Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God’s grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace. Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Saviour.
B. Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal upon principles of His righteousness of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ. Justification brings the believer unto a relationship of peace and favor with God.
C. Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God’s purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. Growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerate person’s life.
D. Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed.
Genesis 3:15; Exodus 3:14-17; 6:2-8; Matthew 1:21; 4:17; 16:21-26; 27:22-28:6; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; John 1:11-14,29; 3:3-21,36; 5:24; 10:9,28-29; 15:1-16; 17:17; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 15:11; 16:30-31; 17:30-31; 20:32; Romans 1:16-18; 2:4; 3:23-25; 4:3ff.; 5:8-10; 6:1-23; 8:1-18,29-39; 10:9-10,13; 13:11-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18,30; 6:19-20; 15:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; 5:22-25; 6:15; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-22; 4:11-16; Philippians 2:12-13; Colossians 1:9-22; 3:1ff.; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; 2 Timothy 1:12; Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 2:1-3; 5:8-9; 9:24-28; 11:1-12:8,14; James 2:14-26; 1 Peter 1:2-23; 1 John 1:6-2:11; Revelation 3:20; 21:1-22:5.
The Church . . .
A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Each congregation operates under the Lordship of Christ through democratic processes. In such a congregation each member is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord. Its scriptural officers are pastors and deacons. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.
The New Testament speaks also of the church as the Body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation.
Matthew 16:15-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-42,47; 5:11-14; 6:3-6; 13:1-3; 14:23,27; 15:1-30; 16:5; 20:28; Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 3:16; 5:4-5; 7:17; 9:13-14; 12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:8-11,21; 5:22-32; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:18; 1 Timothy 2:9-14; 3:1-15; 4:14; Hebrews 11:39-40; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 2-3; 21:2-3.
Who we are
Elisha Rimestad // Lead Pastor
I was born and raised in a Christian home while growing up in California. I surrendered my life to the ministry when I was in high school. I earned my B.A. in Biblical Counseling from The Master’s College and my M.Div. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. On Sunday, December 6th 2009, I accepted the call to be the Lead Pastor here at Summit Point Church. I married my high school sweetheart, Candice, and we have four wonderful kids together – JohnMark, Joshua, Grace, & Luke! I enjoy spending time with my wife and doing all sorts of fun stuff with my kiddos. I love music, the outdoors, and of course sports! I am an avid Boston Celtics fan and my favorite show on TV right now is “PTI” – or as my wife would call it “Sports Gossip!”
Roger Whitmore // Pastor of Outreach, Small Groups and Ministry Teams
I am a native of Colorado and came to a relationship with Christ through Young Life as a young teenager. My love for the Church came the summer before my senior year in high school, I can honestly say I haven’t ever lost that “lovin’ feeling”! I have been married to my best friend, my beautiful wife, Laura, since the last day of 1990. We have three, actually four great kids, our son Taylor and his wife Jacquee, and our twins, Madelyn and Tanner. On April 15, 2018 we were blessed with twin grandsons, Ezra and Elias. I love to go to movies and sporting events, spend time with family and friends, and almost anything that involves people.
Steve Anderson // Worship Leader
I grew up in Southern California in a Christian home that loved music. At an early age I learned the importance of worship. In high school, I joined in leading worship in my church youth group that led not only to a spiritual revival in me but also in my youth group. After graduating high school, I attended Calvary Chapel Bible College in Murrieta, CA, where I received a degree in Biblical Studies. From there, I studied music at Grossmont College in La Mesa, CA, while still playing in various bands and leading worship at my local church. In 2006, I joined Shachah, an internationally and nationally touring band signed with Crossmovement Records, and was able to share my love of music and love for Jesus with countless thousands of people. I have a love for teaching music and the Bible. My musical influences range from rock to reggae, from Hymns to hip hop. I believe that God has uniquely created every person to uniquely express their worship to Him. I believe worship music should be Christ-exalting, God-honoring, and Spirit-extolling. I consider Sunday music to be preparatory and part of the preaching of the Word of God. It shouldn’t take the place of or receive more attention than God’s Word. I love hanging out with my wife and four beautiful daughters. I enjoy people and like sharing music, sports, cars, cooking, computers, mountain bikes, and the list goes on.
Nick Heusterberg // Student Director (K-12th grades)
I was born and raised in Southern California. My singular love growing up was baseball and it dominated every aspect of my life. This would drastically change my sophomore year in college when my friend’s all-out faith for Jesus would shake up my lukewarm heart. My heart, that was previously dominated by a love for a game, would now be dominated with a love for the Lord. Soon after my conversion, I sensed the call to ministry when I began working in the high school ministry at the church I was attending. A year after graduating with a BA in Liberal Studies from Cal State San Bernardino, I would move out to Louisville, KY to attend the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. After graduating from Southern I would accept the call to come back to my roots here in California. During my time in Kentucky, I would meet my lovely wife Emily, who is from Ontario, Canada, and we are growing in our love every day. In my free time I enjoy reading books, drinking good coffee, snowboarding, fishing, and spending time with my wife.
Ana Nevarez // Kids’ Ministry Coordinator
I am proud to serve as the Kids’ Ministry Coordinator. I have a passion for children to hear the gospel at a much younger age than I did. I was born in the Philippines and emigrated to the United States at twelve years old. I became a Christian as a young adult 31 years ago and have never ceased to thank God for saving me and changing the entire course of my life. My husband, Tony, and I met at church and have been married 28 years. We have three wonderful adult children, Kristen, Janae, and Brandon. My greatest blessing is that they and our two awesome sons-in-laws, Andrew and Ivan, all fellowship at Summit Point Church with us and serve in various capacities. Over the past three decades of Christian service, I have worn many different hats (and hairstyles!) some of them as: Sunday School teacher, AWANA Director, Good News Club teacher (Child Evangelism Fellowship), Children’s Church teacher at the San Diego Rescue Mission, MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) Mentor Mom, and Women’s Ministry leadership team member. Today, I am honored for the Lord to use me as a resource and organizer for Summit Point Church Children’s Ministry teachers and families!
Sharon Ramirez // Ministry Administrator and Preschool Director
I am a native San Diegan and have attended Summit Point Church since I was born. I accepted Christ when I was 7 and was baptized in a Yellowstone river while on a mission trip in 2000. My passion to work with children led me to college, where I received an Associate’s Degree in Child Development. My husband and I were married in July of 2008. The Lord blessed us with two children, Aryana and Noah. I love doing anything outdoors, and spending time with family and friends!
Mission & Vision
Mission . . .
Helping People Find and Follow Jesus
Vision . . .
It is the dream of helping people find and follow Jesus.
It is the dream of relentlessly pursuing ONE MORE for Jesus with the Good News of God’s saving grace.
It is the dream of living out the Great Commandment – loving God and loving people.
It is the dream of a place where the hurting can find help, the weak can find strength, the depressed can find comfort, the lonely can find a friend, the frustrated and confused can find peace, the hopeless can find hope, and the lost can be found.
It is the dream of providing a safe place where people can be real with God, others, and themselves.
It is the dream of enjoying unity in our diversity when it comes to age, gender, economic status, and race.
It is the dream that the tapestry of our racially diverse church will continue to be a picture of heaven here on earth.
It is the dream of seeing passionate worshippers pursue a deeper and more intimate relationship with God through unashamed adoration of worship and unapologetic preaching of God’s Word.
It is the dream of a loving church family that engages, serves, impacts, and meets the physical and spiritual needs of its community.
It is the dream of welcoming and loving all people – regardless of race or religious background.
It is the dream of a people who model Christ-likeness and graciously hold the tension between truth and love.
It is the dream of developing spiritually mature followers of Christ through small groups, Bible studies, retreats, and seminars.
It is the dream of equipping every follower of Christ for personal ministry by helping them discover the spiritual gifts God has given them.
It is the dream that we will leverage venues, campus locations, and other available methods, in God’s timing, to reach people with the gospel.
It is the dream of sending out followers of Christ into the world to be on mission for Him.
It is the dream of this church to be a city set on a hill for generations to come. Amen