Our Story

It all started...back in 1909

In October, 1909 - A ladies aid society was founded at Summit Park to raise money to build a church. By spring of 1910, enough money was raised to purchase 5 lots.  
August 1910 - Foundation work began.  
October 1910 - The church, first titled Summit Park Union Church, was finished enough to be dedicated.  Ministers from the various denominations in Anacortes filled the pulpit on a rotating schedule.  J.D. Hudson was the first full-time minister.  
1915 - The church building was fully completed and paid for.

Expanding the vision...

1915 - 1963 - The church was affiliated with the Congregational Conference and the church was named Summit Park Congregational Church.  
1951 - 1955 - Rev. Jacobs pastored the church during this time.  An addition to the sanctuary was built under his leadership.  
1956 - 1959 - Rev. Ernest Morrel pastored during these years.  A home was given to the church and was moved to its present location on Stevenson Road to serve as the parsonage.  Rev. Morrel was the first pastor to live in the parsonage.  
1963 - The church voted to withdraw from the Congregational Conference and became and independent church and again was named Summit Park Union Church.

Expanding the footprint...

1964 - 1966 - No full-time pastor served at the church during these years. Several pastors filled the pulpit including a man from the Whidbey Island Naval Base and Mike Hilte from the Light House Mission among others.

1966 - 2002 - In 1966 Village Missions was contacted to provide pastoral leadership for the church.  The first V.M. pastor was Rev. Harold McGinnis, who served until 1970.  From 1970­-1976 Rev. Ben Elliot served as pastor and was responsible for the addition of a new sanctuary.  During this term the church was renamed the Summit Park Bible Church.  From 1976-1986 Rev. Bill Reid served as pastor.  From 1986-2002 Rev. Gilbert Doebler served as pastor. In 1990 work began on a new multi- purpose building that was added to the church building providing more Sunday School rooms, a new kitchen, nursery, restrooms and a large multi­purpose room.  Work was completed in 1997.  Also in 1990 an AWANA program was added to the ministry and continues to function through Summit Park Bible Church.  Rev. Gil Doebler left in January 2002.

2002-present - Monte Ruble became the pastor, replacing Gil Doebler.  Pastor Ruble was not a V.M. missionary but was a long-time member of the church and was appointed as Assistant to the Pastor in 2000.  Pastor Ruble was licensed under the church leadership to perform pastoral responsibilities and was appointed to the senior pastor position in 2002.  Summit Park Bible Church continued to support V.M. financially but is no longer a V.M. church at present.

Where we are headed...

With the onset of COVID-19, Summit Park Bible Church saw some immediate and significant growth.  Through the weekly faithful proclamation of God's Word from the pulpit, the Lord has blessed our body richly.  We have a growing body ranging from families with infant children to a vibrant AWANA program for 3 year-old through 6th grade children, to a challenging high school youth group (SPYN - Summit Park Youth Night), young married and other adult small groups, to octogenarians who have worshiped here for years.  We are proud of our family atmosphere where members engage with and disciple alongside one another.

Be a part of our story...

Join us every Sunday as we gather to worship together at 10:30 am.