Worship @ Dills Cove / / Sun., July 30

We’re moving our Sunday schedule to our Dills Cove property for the day!

10:00 am Worship Gathering // 10:45 Town Hall with senior pastor candidate Rev. Gary Long // 11:15 am Fellowship Lunch.

Bring finger foods and heat-resistant sides for lunch and a chair for the whole morning! Let us know if you have a folding table you can bring as well.

All are welcome at The Summit.

Candidate Rev. Gary Long

Our Pastor Search Team has exciting news…they have selected a candidate to present to the church as Senior Pastor! You will have opportunities to meet and chat with Rev. Gary Long.

On Sunday, August 13, he will join us for worship and preach. We will vote on calling him as our next Senior Pastor in a business meeting after worship. Details below!

Presenting Reverend Gary Long –


Background and Education:

Gary Long was born and raised in Whiteville, NC, and completed high school in Sanford, NC. He graduated from Campbell University (‘95) with an undergraduate degree in Religion and Philosophy. He then attended Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, VA (‘99), earning a Master of Divinity degree.


Gary was licensed and ordained to the ministry by Liberty Baptist Church in 1996. He has impressive experience in ministry having served as Associate Pastor and Senior Pastor at several churches around the country. He is also an experienced pastoral writer; he was a regular contributor to the Houston Chronicle Religion Blogs and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship column Long Story Short, in addition to writing curriculum for BaptistWay Bible Study Series. Gary served with our very own Tracie Jernigan at Willow Meadows Baptist Church in Houston, TX, from 2004 – 2009, where they had great fun providing creative worship experiences. Gary is currently a local small business owner. He has attended and preached at The Summit.


He married Traci Butler Long of Lexington, KY, in 1989. She has degrees from Campbell University and George Washington University. Traci currently practices as a Physician’s Assistant at Current Dermatology in Sylva. Gary and Traci have three children: Audrey (26, film producer in Austin, TX), Caleb (19, attending SCC), and Maci (16, rising SMHS junior). The Long family moved to Cullowhee in 2012.

Candidate Rev. Gary Long

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