Summit Lake Mary: God’s Not Done Yet
The following was written by Teresa Pratt, a staff member at the Lake Mary campus.
Sunday, May 13th, 2012 was a big day for me. I remember arriving early that day and praying silently that God would be with me. I walked through the lobby extra slowly that day just to take in the smell of the Pike’s Peak Starbucks coffee, and I wanted to sit extra close to the stage (the second row to be exact) just so I could feel the band playing and not be distracted.
It may sound dramatic, but that last week at the Herndon campus was a big deal for me and for my husband, JP. In a way, it was the end of an era. Combined we’d been at that campus for nine years. It was in that building that I first experienced God truly healing my heart from a broken past. It was in that building that I took my first steps toward community through serving at Summit, and it was in that building that I began to understand how crazy the Creator of the universe was about me. As I sat in that second row that Sunday, all these memories came flooding back. I cried. . . a lot. It wasn’t a sad cry though—it was a peaceful surrender cry, because I knew in that moment that God was calling me and my family to something new. I know I’d heard it a million times, but in that moment I truly realized that the church isn’t those four walls of the Herndon building: You and I are the church. This changed everything for me. My heart began beating faster as I thought about all the people who live in the north part of Orlando who don’t yet know they matter to God. In those moments, it was made clear to me that I wanted people to experience the love of Jesus in the same way I did, only in a different location. I knew God had called me to go north and be willing to do anything and everything in my power to help people know they are loved and adored by God.
I don’t live in Lake Mary. I don’t even live close to the north part of Orlando, but for me this isn’t a step of convenience, and it certainly isn’t just a job. I’m going to Summit’s Lake Mary campus because I believe that God isn’t done changing the lives of those in Orlando, and He’s certainly not done changing me.
Wherever we meet on Sunday—whether it be at Herndon, Waterford, The Plaza, 33rd Street, or Lake Mary—we are the church, and I’m excited to be part of the story God is writing in Lake Mary.