We exist to encourage and equip church leaders with the character and competency for faithful lifelong ministry.

 Our Story

Our Story

In January of 2021, the leadership of Fellowship Greenville and Summit were dreaming of what it would look like to join together to reach the Upstate with the good news of the gospel. For many years there has been affinity and common heart between the two churches and both sets of elders decided that now was the time to formalize a strategic partnership. 

The events of last year highlighted that popular culture as a whole is not just apathetic to church, but increasingly hostile. America’s post-Christian trajectory has never been more apparent. Research from Barna suggests that in just twelve months, we experienced a decline in the church attendance that was expected to take more than a decade. 

This new reality, combined with a swell of an increasingly unchurched population in the Upstate, has brought a sense of urgency to the gospel need. With the realization that we can accomplish a lot more together than we can apart, the leadership of both churches have initiated the formation of a strategic, city wide collective, that can pool personnel, resources, and expertise. Together, with much prayer, intentionality, and God’s help, we believe the collective will produce a legacy of leaders that will shape the Upstate for generations.  

Our Mission is to raise up church leaders who will:

    Plant and revitalize multiple expressions of the Church

   Equip and release missional disciples into every cultural institution.

   Envision and activate those disciples to serve the region and put the love of Christ on display.

      Share our collective DNA and champion a common vision of reaching every corner of the Upstate with the good news of the gospel.


As a legacy church, we were looking for ways to leverage our experience and our resources most effectively to influence a generation of leaders. The UCC gives us the chance to invest in leaders and planters who will carry our DNA and innovate new expressions of the church that will reach people that will never walk through our doors.

– Rob Marks, Executive Pastor


Summit Church began with a desire to see the Upstate saturated with the gospel of Jesus Christ. We never believed that was something we could accomplish alone, but rather needed all of God’s people (the Church) to see this vision fulfilled. UCC is a welcomed partnership and answer to prayer!

– Kyle Estepp, Teaching Pastor