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Magnifying God by Making Disciples of Jesus Christ

Summit Woods Baptist Church began on March 1, 1998, with a worship service in the Blue River Kansas City Baptist Association Building with Dr. Mark DeVine preaching. By the next week, the new church had secured a building to call home near the Pappi's Pizza restaurant on O'Brien Road in Lee's Summit, MO. Dr. Mark DeVine, a theology professor from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, agreed to serve as the first interim pastor and continued in this position until he and his family became missionaries.

During its first year of ministry, the church began to organize many different ministries and established a pastor search committee to seek God's leadership in calling their first pastor. The membership served faithfully to establish a strong foundation for the children and student ministries. From Vacation Bible School to youth camp to ministry projects in the community, Summit Woods Baptist Church had a desire to serve the Lord and make Him known. It was also during this year that the 10-acre tract off of 50 Highway in Lee's Summit, MO was purchased for future development.

On January 31, 1999, Summit Woods Baptist Church called Ryan Bowman to serve as its first pastor. After serving for several years as an associate pastor and youth minister, this call began his ministry in the role of senior pastor. It was a unique beginning as Summit Woods Baptist Church was his first pastorate, and he was the first pastor of Summit Woods.

Shortly after the church's first anniversary, Summit Woods Baptist Church relocated to a new building to facilitate the growth in membership and ministry. The next location was inside a brand-new warehouse on the corner of Broadway and Bailey in Lee's Summit, MO, not far from the present location of the Hawk's Ridge subdivision and The Home Depot. As a result of this move, Summit Woods Baptist Church was fondly referred to as "the church in a warehouse."

At the beginning of 2002, the 10 acres off of 50 Highway had been completely paid off. The church's Land and Building committee continued its work with an architect and made plans for the ground-breaking of the permanent facility. While the plans for construction were underway, the ministries of Summit Woods Baptist Church continue to develop and new ministries such as AWANA for children were begun. Also in 2002, SWBC’s first mission trip to Haiti took place, leading to many such trips in partnership with the Northwest Haiti Christian Mission. Many members served in their surgery center, orphanage and various ministries through the mission.

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On the first Sunday of 2004, Summit Woods worshipped in the brand-new facility on 50 Highway in Lee's Summit, MO. On a cold and icy morning, the members gathered for a special time to celebrate God's faithfulness and to move forward on the next leg of their journey together. The church family grew by one-third in this year alone.

In 2005, another strategic partnership was developed for overseas mission work, this time it was in the formerly Communist country of Romania in Eastern Europe. Members of Summit Woods Baptist Church have had the privilege of sharing Jesus with people in towns and villages where there was no gospel witness.

Since 2007, Summit Woods Baptist Church has been honored to send out several families to foreign countries in vocational missions ministry. These families have been sent through the International Mission Board of the SBC, and other mission agencies, and served in Eastern Europe, Southeast Europe, and Asia.

In 2009, Summit Woods Baptist Church chose their first body of elders, followed shortly by Ryan Bowman stepping down as pastor to answer a call to global missions. In October 2010, Bret Capranica accepted the church’s call to become Pastor-Teacher. With great enthusiasm, Summit Woods Baptist Church looks forward to continuing to magnifying God by making disciples of Jesus Christ through His gospel in Lee’s Summit and around the world.