Who We Are


Summit Leadership Foundation was born out of a passion for connecting the right people and the right resources. Dave McAuley founded Summit in 2004 after reading the book Halftime and realizing that if he was ever going to act on that passion, now was the time. From humble beginnings at his dining room table to our current 21,000 square foot facility, Summit’s mission has never waivered:

serving communities around the world with the love of Jesus Christ by creating relational hubs for connecting, consulting, coaching, and caring

Today we are blessed to serve over 150 non-profits, ministries, and churches.


Based on a biblical example of leadership, Summit’s name is inspired by the story of Moses. In Exodus 17, Moses led the children of Israel through the wilderness from Egypt, before being attacked by Amileck and his army. It was at this time that Moses was called to do something bigger than himself. Standing on the summit of the hill, Moses raised the staff of God high above his head. As long as he held the staff up, Israel would prevail in battle, but if it was lowered, Amileck would win.

As the battle wore on however Moses’ strength weakened and the battle became more challenging. It was at that point that Aaron and Hur came alongside Moses to help him. Together they were able to accomplish the plan that God had for Moses and the children of Israel prevailed. At Summit we aim to be like Aaron and Hur, to come alongside leaders and lift them up so that they may accomplish what God has called them to do.

  • Summit has been instrumental in taking our organization from a place where growth felt impossible to a place of independence and sustainability. Our work will be permanently impacted by the guidance and support we have received.

    Carter County Drug Prevention
  • From the very beginning of Isaiah 117, Summit's connecting, consulting, coaching, and caring services have been integral. Their belief and involvement in our mission of 'Providing physical and emotional support in a safe and loving home for children awaiting foster care placement' are priceless.

    Isaiah 117 House
  • Summit Leadership Foundation is a true blessing to our community! They have helped raise awareness of my Special Spaces ministry and connected me to those who can help with our mission of making a difference in the lives of sick children. They have prayed for us and encouraged us. We are so thankful and grateful to know them and all involved at Summit!

  • The team at Summit Leadership are some of the best people you can surround yourself with. Love this place and the people!

  • We at One Acre Cafe were so blessed to have Summit Leadership Foundation supporting us during the start up phase of the cafe. The staff is remarkable. We are so thankful to be a part of such a great group of people!

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