J.D. Greear is the pastor of The Summit Church, in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. The church is characterized by its gospel focus and sending culture. As Pastor J.D. often says, “The gospel is not merely the diving board off of which we jump into the pool of Christianity, it’s also the pool itself.”
Under his leadership, the Summit has grown from a plateaued church of 300 to one of nearly 10,000, making it one of Outreach magazine’s –top 25 fastest-growing churches in America” for many years running.
Sending capacity is the church’s primary metric for success. Pastor J.D. has led the Summit in a bold vision to plant 1,000 new churches by the year 2050. In the last ten years, the church has sent out more than 650 people to live on church planting teams in North Carolina, across the United States and the world.
In April 2017, his preaching ministry expanded to include Summit Life, a daily half-hour radio program on Moody Radio and Truth Network stations across the country. Pastor J.D. has authored several books, including Gaining by Losing: Why the Future Belongs to Churches That Send .
Pastor J.D. completed his Ph.D. in Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Seeing Muslims come to faith in Christ has long been a burden of his, a burden that led him to serve in Southeast Asia with the International Mission Board. He and his wife Veronica live in Raleigh with their four ridiculously cute children.