About Summit Institute

Prepare for ministry with the Summit Institute Internship and Apprenticeship.

The Summit Institute Internship and Apprenticeship exists to disciple and develop ministry leaders.

Our goal is to walk with men and women who are exploring a call or are called to ministry. A person who goes through the Institute will learn how to lead themselves and lead others. We are committed to discipling young leaders and fostering their growth in knowledge, character, vision, and skills.

Every intern and apprentice is immersed in ministry opportunities that line up with their personal passion. The demands are high. The commitment level is demanding. One key element separating the Summit Institute Internship from others is mentorship by a personal Ministry Coach. These Coaches are committed to equipping you with necessary ministry skills while helping you grow spiritually.


Thank you to the organizations who partner with us to make our programs possible.

What our apprentices are saying…

“Learning theology and leadership practices, coupled with the hands-on experience within Summit, all while receiving guided mentorship is what makes the apprenticeship stand out from other ministry training opportunities.”

—Jonathan Stafford

First Impressions Director, Mercy Hill Church


The Summit Institute Leadership Team.

The Summit Institute is led by a talented group of ministry leaders.

Mike Calhoun

Pastor of Ministry Training

Mike is the Pastor of Ministry Training for The Summit Church and leads the Summit Institute. Previously he served for forty-three years with an International Youth Organization globally developing and discipling young leaders. Drawing upon this experience he continues to develop potential leaders through the local church. Mike’s passion is to “Reproduce Reproducers.”

Leigh Iler

Summit Institute Administrator

Leigh serves as the administrative assistant to both the Summit Institute and North American Church Planting teams. She is a Cary native and graduated from Elon University. Leigh taught elementary school for five years before joining Summit staff. She worked as the admin for the Ministry Support team for the last two years and has just recently transitioned to this role. In addition to her job, she serves in Summit Kids and leads a women’s small group. She enjoys going on day trips, finding the best local desserts, listening to podcasts, and spending time with friends and family.

Nick Priestley

Summit Institute Ministry Coordinator/Apprentice

Nick serves on the Summit Institute team overseeing the efficiency of all programs and processes. He helps coach and disciple Interns/Apprentices as well as tracking the progress of candidates entering the Institute. He is currently in the Apprenticeship stage of the Institute.

Jordin Priestley

Summit Institute Operations Coordinator/Apprentice

Jordin serves on the Summit Institute overseeing finances and training logistics. She helps coach and disciple Interns/Apprentices as well as assisting with the coordination of women’s discipleship. She is currently in the Apprenticeship stage of the Institute.

Jacob Whitt

Summit Institute Development Coordinator/Apprentice

Jacob serves on the Summit Institute and helps oversee the culture of the program. He helps with Research and the development of all interns and apprentices within the program. Jacob is currently in his first year of the apprenticeship stage of the Institute.