Summit Community Church installs new senior pastor
October 28, 2008
How would Jesus do ministry if he walked in Issaquah today? The new senior pastor of Summit Community Church has posed this question to himself as he plans the church’s role in the community.
The church will welcome Glen Salzman as its senior pastor with a special ceremony Nov. 2. One of the church founders, Monty Wright, will be a guest speaker and formally introduce Salzman to the congregation.
The service will be at 9:30 a.m. at Issaquah Valley Elementary School. A guest band will be featured, and a potluck will follow the service. Anyone who has ever been a part of the church is being invited, along with all community members.
Salzman has been acting as senior pastor for about the last year, but without the official title, said Ray Rose, an elder of the church. During that time, church elders interviewed all members and attendees about who should take over as senior pastor. About 20 families attend.
The elders asked questions about the church, and whether they believed Salzman would be the right person for the job.
“It was a unanimous decision,” Rose said. “Glen is young and has unique perspectives. He’s a really good fit for the Issaquah valley.”
Salzman has degrees from Moody Bible Institute and Dallas Theological Seminary, where he and his wife Lori met. The two were married in 2003, stored their belongings in Colorado and embarked upon a faith-based road trip, which eventually took them to Gig Harbor.
The couple stayed with some friends for a few months. A pastor from Fox Island, just south of Gig Harbor, sent Salzman’s resume to the pastor at Summit Community Church, which at the time was Oasis Christian Fellowship. Salzman and his wife went to an interview shortly after, and he was offered a job the next night.
The couple moved to Issaquah in 2006 after he was hired as associate pastor.
“We really want to make a difference in the community,” Salzman said.
Once he officially takes over, he has a plan to reach Issaquah: The first step is to build relationships; the second step is ministry training.
Salzman said he plans to build up leaders in the church, so that they can work on the third step: group evangelism with their neighbors and community members. One of the main focuses is hospitality. An example is the church’s participation in Salmon Days. The last step would be to multiply the leadership.
One outlet the church has for community and church members is a program called Life Skills, a nonprofit, eight-month course that is covertly God-based.
“It gets people to the point where they can process their emotions for the first time,” Salzman said.
It is personal transformations like these that he hopes will take place with the help of God and Summit Community Church.
“One of our main goals is to have Christ on every block in Issaquah,” he said. “That’s how we’ll know we made a difference.”
Alison Ingham is a student in the University of Washington Department of Communication News Laboratory.