In the fall of 1977 Dennis and Melanie Allender initiated gathering with a small group of young adults and college students to worship, pray, and study the Word. In 1981 those weekly meetings had evolved into an officially incorporated church called Praise Fellowship. Dennis Allender became the Senior Leader of the church in 1995.
In 2003 Dennis experienced a life-altering encounter with God that transformed his life, his family, and ultimately the church when he traveled to Trinidad & Tobago in the West Indies and was introduced to Dr. Noel Woodroffe and Congress WBN. The Kingdom of God then became the ultimate pursuit of our corporate journey. God began to build a new church on Biblical principles of truth instead of on spiritual experiences and individual giftedness.
In January 2008 the name of the church was changed to “The Summit”, symbolizing our progressive spiritual journey up the mountain of the Lord. Since that time, we have learned that as we willingly bring our lives into subjection to His ways we not only come to know His presence and power, but all other dimensions and aspects of Kingdom life as well. This is consistent with Christ’s admonition in Matthew 6:33 which says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
Today God has established a church that exhibits a strong demonstration of kingdom life, kingdom community, and spiritual maturity found only in Jesus Christ. We remain focused on developing strong, mature disciples of Jesus Christ who are obedient, steadfast, and immovable despite personal challenges and the ever-increasing darkness of the world. We continue to journey forward together by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
Dennis is the Senior Elder of The Summit, and serves as a Regional Coordinator for Congress WBN in North America. Dennis has served in various aspects of church ministry for over 40 years, and he and his wife Melanie were both intricately involved in the birthing of what is now The Summit.
Dennis has dedicated his life to studying and following the ways of God and leading people beyond performance-based religion to a place of personal relationship with Christ and the reality of God’s Kingdom in everyday life. He is firmly committed and dedicated to The Summit where he oversees the growth and development of believers who voluntarily give their hearts to Christ and one another.
Dennis lives with his wife Melanie in Spearfish, SD. They have one son, and a daughter-in-law, Nick and Sarah Allender.
Dennis serves with a team of elders: Jason Boke and Brian Snow.
Jason Boke grew up in Spearfish and with the exception of a 5-year enlistment in the Navy, and 4 years living and working in Canada, he and his wife Dana have spent their married life in Spearfish. Having grown up in The Summit, his life has been marked by continual personal transformation and progression.
Jason and his wife Dana own a Computer Service business and a Marketing Agency in Spearfish. They have one grown daughter and teenage twins. In addition to serving as an Elder at The Summit, Jason also serves as a Congress WBN GCT (Global Communications and Technology) Director and he serves on the board of directors for Summit Education Center.
Brian has lived in Spearfish for over fifteen years, and alongside his wife Sara and their three children, has made The Summit their home.
In addition to serving as an Elder and leader of the Hebron Men at The Summit, Brian also serves on the board of directors for Summit Education Center. Inside of Congress WBN, Brian is the South Dakota Chapter Leader for Global Leadership Interlink (GLI), is a member of the Congress Liaison Office (CLO) for North America, and serves in the Office of Regional Coordination (ORC) for North America. Locally, Brian works as Service Manager at a Spearfish IT business.