Get to Know Our Elder & Deacon Candidates - Levi Tijerina

The Summit Church is structured as a Jesus-ruled, elder-led, deacon-served, congregationally-responsible church as demonstrated in the New Testament. For the next few weeks we'll be profiling our current elder and deacon candidates so you can get to know the men and women who lead and serve The Summit Church.


Levi Tijerina - Deacon Candidate

Tell us a little about yourself

Hey there, My name is Levi and I’ve lived in Colorado for about fours years. In 2012, I moved here from Lithuania in an effort be closer to my long-distance girlfriend, Hillary. We were married in 2013 and since then have lived in Chaffee Park in north Denver. I work as a photographer and Hills and I get excited about travel and coffee. We have a hard time sitting still and are always keen to keep building up community and friendships here in Colorado.

What brought you to The Summit Church?

When I moved back to the U.S., we started looking for a church together and happened upon the Summit. It was a long commute up from Littleton (I was living with Hillary’s parents down there) but we decided it was the right fit for us and decided to become members and buy a house nearby where the church is located so we could be more involved in the neighborhood and heartbeat of Denver.

Why are you excited to serve as a deacon at The Summit?

I’m really excited to serve as a deacon and to be more active in the life of the church. With a schedule that takes me away from Colorado often, I think it’s especially important to actively put down roots and work to come alongside the people that make up our church. I’m excited to connect with our church and serve in some of the behind-the-scenes and help adopt a church culture that celebrates beauty, art, and unity.

Get to Know Our Elder & Deacon Candidates: Andria Witt

The Summit Church is structured as a Jesus-ruled, elder-led, deacon-served, congregationally-responsible church as demonstrated in the New Testament. For the next few weeks we'll be profiling our current elder and deacon candidates so you can get to know the men and women who lead and serve The Summit Church.


Andria Witt - Deacon Candidate

Tell us a little about yourself

I grew up all up and down the east coast, but spent my middle school and high school years in Virginia Beach. I also went to college in Virginia at Virginia Tech. I have been married to my husband, Drew, for 3 1/2 years. We have a 10 month old daughter, Ainsley. Drew and I own a painting company together that we started in May of 2014. In our free time we enjoy traveling, hiking, running, eating ice cream and spending time with our friends and family.

What brought you to The Summit Church?

When I first moved to Denver I had a roommate whose aunt and uncle attend the Summit in Raleigh-Durham. They told us to check out the church that the Summit had just planted in downtown Denver. The first time I visited the Summit I remember the gospel clearly being proclaimed, the members being unashamedly all about Jesus, and being welcomed like I had never been before into a church community. I became a member after a few months of visiting and knew that the Summit Church would become my Denver family-and it most definitely has!

Why are you excited to serve as a deacon at The Summit?

I am both excited and humbled to serve as a deacon at the Summit. I have seen God do incredible things over the past 5 years through the Summit Church and anticipate even greater things to come. I am looking forward to our women’s ministry being more organized to create more and more space for women to serve and lead. I am excited for the women of our church to be better equipped to live on mission to the city of Denver and the world, to love our neighbors and serve our city as Jesus has loved, served, and sacrificed everything for us. 

Get to Know Our Elder & Deacon Candidates: Andy Kinomoto

The Summit Church is structured as a Jesus-ruled, elder-led, deacon-served, congregationally-responsible church as demonstrated in the New Testament. For the next few weeks we'll be profiling our current elder and deacon candidates so you can get to know the men and women who lead and serve The Summit Church.


Andy Kinomoto - Deacon Candidate

Tell us a little about yourself

As a proud Seattle native, I’m a bit ashamed to admit that Denver’s sunshine has made me a wimp to the raindrops (I bought an umbrella which is a big Seattleite no-no). I came to Denver straight out of college as a creative designer and have been busy at it since 2011. When I’m not on the clock or volunteering with Young Life at East High School, I love hosting dinner and movie parties in my small attic apartment or playing ultimate frisbee with people from the neighborhood at City Park.

What brought you to The Summit Church?

Jesus gave me a desire to invest all my energies into one community after feeling split between urban and suburban circles. It’s been a five-year process, but my home, work, ministry, and church are now all within a five-mile radius. Finding Summit was one of the last pieces of the puzzle and also the most important. After experiencing how often people in Denver come and go from your life, Summit’s ongoing challenge for its people to sink down roots really resonated with me. And so I stayed.

Why are you excited to serve as a deacon at The Summit?

My experience in churchland told me that serving in leadership was reserved for old, married men - not young, single people like me. I’m delighted how Summit celebrates and develops single adults. Equally delightful is the way that Summit has become a fierce friend and advocate of Central Denver Young Life. I’m thrilled to serve as a bridge for anyone in my Summit family who desires to radically love the young people of our community.