The Summit Church Leadership


Rev. Tracie Jernigan,

Associate Pastor of Worship Arts

M.Div, M. Music

Tracie Jernigan moved to Cullowhee with her family in December of 2013 and quickly found a church home at The Summit. She was born and raised in Plano, Texas, and is not ashamed of her love affair with chips, queso, and Blue Bell ice cream. Tracie spent some good time at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, earning a Bachelor of Music in Church Music with concentration in pipe organ, a Master of Music in Church Music, and a Master of Divinity from Truett Theological Seminary. She served as Associate Pastor of Worship & the Arts at Willow Meadows Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, for six years. Tracie has served on the Advisory Board for the Center of Christian Music Studies at Baylor University since 2006.

God called Tracie to worship and church ministry early in her life, and she feels passionate about providing excellence and diversity of style through creative worship. Her passions extend to sharing God’s truths and promises with children through music and the arts. She uses her organizational skills to curate worship with creatives (musicians, artists, speakers and more) while leading with her own creative gifts. She is primarily a keyboardist and harmonist, but has dabbled in mandolin and banjolele since moving to Appalachia.

Tracie spends her free time enjoying life in the mountains with her husband, Nick, and two boys, Charlie and Sam.



Rev. Sheila Gibson,

Associate Pastor of Children & Youth

M. Div.

Sheila earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Marketing from Western Carolina University.  She also earned a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Christian Education and Spiritual Formation from Gardner-Webb University. Sheila currently works as an Adult Protective Services Social Worker at Jackson County DSS. She has served in ministry to children, youth and adults in various capacities for over 11 years.

Sheila has one daughter, Jessica, who attends Western Carolina University and is majoring in Social Work. Sheila has a dog named Hazel who thinks she is a guard dog but really loves to snuggle and steal food off of kitchen counters.

Sheila enjoys reading, writing, super hero movies and escape rooms. Sheila’s greatest joy comes from opportunities to share God’s unfailing and unbound love with others.




Jim Pressley, Sara Melton, Galen Ernest, Tiffany Shuler, Sheila Gibson, and Tracie Jernigan

The Summit has appointed a Dream Team to pray, study Scripture, gather congregational input, and develop vision for our church. We are excited about this process and hope to see God move in each of us and in our church.


  • with input and spiritual discernment, help The Summit Church define a mission, vision, and visionpath for the next 5 years
  • prepare a Church Profile and a Pastoral Profile for the next Pastor Search Team to use in their search process




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