Summit Bible Church began 100 years ago. A man with a burden to teach the Word of God to this village outside of Chicago started a Sunday school class for that purpose. Eventually the class grew to become a new church. A congregation has been meeting since then. Over these years, the church has had a storied journey of ups and downs.
In 2009, during a significant downward trend in the church's life, it secured an agreement with MCE to revitalize the ministry. Since that time, MCE has been able to "retool" much of the ministry -- new polity, new constitution, and new leadership.
Summit, Illinois has also changed a great deal over the years. It is now a community of 11,000 -- two-thirds of which is of Hispanic ethnicity. The church is working to reflect this in its ministry life. SBC leads two worship services each Sunday -- one in Spanish and the other in English. It has its first bilingual pastor leading the work.