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In 1993 the ministry was established by Pastor Darrell Wilson and his wife Charlotte, as a safe and loving place for their families to come and worship together. Their vision grew from meeting in hotel meeting rooms and community centers to a permanent location in the McNeil Community of Bessemer, Alabama in 1998. Not long after God gave new direction and in 2000 Pastor Wilson received a clear word that his mission had been accomplished and his son-in-law, Pastor Jason Whitfield became Senior Pastor along with his wife Datha.

The Whitfield family crossed paths with the Williams family in 2009 and the two ministries merged together. Pastor Jason and Datha along with Pastor Frank and Alecia Williams established Summit Life Church in 2010. Although Pastor Frank has went on to be with the Lord his vision is still very much a part of SLC. Since then Summit Life has continued on a path of growth and has seen the additions of many ministries within the church including a dynamic worship team and student and college age departments. It has become a diverse and thriving place to be in just a short period of time. We can’t wait to see what God has in store.


Our church believes in one true and living God who revealed Himself as the Father, Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, perfect in love and righteousness in all His ways. That God who discloses Himself through His creation has spoken in the words and events of redemptive history. That this history is fulfilled in Jesus Christ the Word who became flesh, the agent of creation and sustainer of all that is.

That the Holy Scriptures, Old and New Testaments, are the inspired infallible and revealed Word of God. We believe they are the authoritative source of Christian doctrine and precept; that they are God breathed and without error in their original manuscripts.

That our Lord Jesus Christ lived a sinless life. We affirm His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His bodily ascension into Heaven, and His imminent return to earth. We affirm that Jesus is Lord of all.

That man was created in the image of God, but as a result of sin is lost and powerless to save himself, and that man’s only hope of salvation is to be redeemed and delivered from the power of sin and death through faith in the Blood of Jesus Christ who died for our sins and rose again according to the Holy Scriptures.

That the Holy Spirit as the fulfillment of the Promise reveals the truth of God’s Word and endues men and women with power to live righteous and holy lives and to be witnesses of Christ in this world. We believe that the Holy Spirit provides the Body of Christ and its members in particular with the gifts needed for living victoriously and accomplishing its purpose in the earth. We believe all the gifts of the Holy Spirit are available to Christians today.

In the Church as the Body of Christ in this world, and that it is composed of all those who believe in Jesus Christ and have been spiritually regenerated by the Holy Spirit through the Grace of God.

In the ordinances of the Church including; water baptism symbolizing one’s death burial and resurrection with Christ Jesus, and observances of the Lord’s Supper acknowledging His broken body and shed blood as the New Covenant between God and man.


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