Welcome to the United Methodist Church of Summit! We invite you to join us on a journey of faith, worshiping and serving God.

About UMC Summit

Mission Statement:

The United Methodist Church of Summit is a diverse church committed to serving the Lord Jesus Christ, dedicated to building disciples, passionate about growing in faith, and motivated to be a voice of hope for the world.”

Our Four Core Values: Serve. Build. Grow. Witness.

Contact Information

Address: 17 Kent Place Boulevard, Summit, NJ 07901
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Phone: (908) 277-1700

Email: office@umcsummit.org

Statement of Inclusivity

We Welcome All United Methodists of Greater New Jersey

We invite all people to participate in our community and worship life, without insisting that they become like us in order to be acceptable, including but not limited to:

  • believers and seekers
  • those who hope for a better world and those who have lost hope
  • conventional Christians and questioning skeptics
  • women, men, children, and youth
  • those of all sexual orientations and gender identities
  • those of all races and cultures
  • those of all income levels
  • those of all classes and abilities

We look forward to welcoming you! Our Hearts, Our Minds, and Our Doors are always open.

Our Staff Team

Rev. laura Steele, Pastor

Rev. Laura Steele serves as the senior pastor for UMC Summit. Pastor Laura graduated from Centenary University in 2005 with a B.A. in Theater. Before answering the call to lifelong ministry, Pastor Laura worked in the theater world for most of her young-adult life. After many years of volunteering in youth ministry programs within the United Methodist Church, she began working as the Director of Youth and Family Ministries for Del Ray UMC in Alexandria, VA.  While in that role, Pastor Laura discerned the call to full-time service in moving God’s mission forward in the world. She graduated with her Masters in Divinity from Drew Theological School and has served as Associate Pastor at Bridgewater UMC, and Senior Pastor at East Millstone UMC, Mt. Zion UMC and Hopewell UMC respectfully. Pastor Laura has a passion for children, youth, and family ministries; as well as a passion for forming disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world.  Pastor Laura and has three children, Juliet, Lucas and Harper (deceased). Their family also includes a new puppy, Jingerbread, two well-fed cats, Ruffino and Gizmo, and a hermit crab named Dragonfly.

Email: Pastor@umcsummit.org

Joanne Teubner-Prussak, Director of Music

Ms. Joanne Teubner-Prussak joined the staff of UMC Summit as the music director in 1999. Ms. Prussak brings a wealth of talent, education, and experience to the position in music and choral direction. She attended Mannes College of Music and has studied at Julliard School of Music focusing on piano, organ, and choral direction. Ms. Prussak shares her gifts by directing all our choral groups and determining how music can enhance our worship experience and our Christian lives.

Joey Bustillos, Office Manager

Joey Bustillos has recently joined the staff of UMC Summit March 2023. Mr. Bustillos brings so much to the team with his friendliness and expertise of different fields throughout his career. He’s been a strong piece in keeping the church going. He attended high school locally here and graduated from Summit High School in 2012. Pursuing his education he graduated from Kean University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s in Sociology and Minors in Health and Psychology. He has a background working in various fields such as business, marketing and communications. During his spare time, you can find Joey outdoors going on adventures and exploring nature. He also enjoys long walks with his dog, Bon Bon, video games and anime. Mr. Bustillos continues to grow his relationship with God everyday and is very thankful, grateful and blessed for the wonderful opportunity to join the incredible church staff.

Email: Office@umcsummit.org

natalie palacio, children, Youth, and families minister

Natalie Palacio has been a part of the United Methodist denomination since her childhood, having served as Youth President, Young Adult Worship Leader and on several church committees in her home churches in Morristown and Dover, NJ. She has a background in teaching early childhood education and is very enthusiastic about mentoring youth during their transition into their academic college careers. She leverages her corporate career in real estate and financial services in leading several financial literacy and career workshops for faith-based nonprofits. Her aim is to help students tap into their passions and God given gifts while pursuing their purpose and potential career paths. She is a graduate of Seton Hall University, currently pursuing her Master’s in Divinity at Drew Theological Seminary. She enjoys playing pick-up roller hockey, HGTV and live jazz.

Email: CYFMinister@umcsummit.org

Geraldo Rivera, Facilities Manager

Geraldo is a bilingual “jack of all trades” who is self-sufficient, utilizing innovation to solve problems. Geraldo possesses exceptional project management skills with 15 + years experience managing a diverse team of operations. He is extremely goal oriented and consistently exceeds expectations. Geraldo’s previous employment includes Long Island University, Columbia University, Radio City Music Hall, and my most recently managing the campus at Liquid Church.

Email: Facilities@umcsummit.org