Pastor Gary Long,
Pastor Tracie Jernigan, Minister of Worship
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 since moving to Appalachia.
Tracie spends her free time enjoying life in the mountains with her husband, Nick, and two boys, Charlie and Sam.