Who We Are
Welcome to The Peak! We are a United Methodist congregation in Apex, NC committed to connecting people to the transforming love of God and helping all people become fully committed disciples of Jesus Christ.
In 2004, our congregation was started with the support of the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church and in partnership with Apex UMC. The church began with 12 families fully committed to carrying the gospel into the greater Apex region to reach more people for Jesus Christ. They formed a congregation centered on the core values of the early church found in the book of Acts, chapter 2, with the hope of being a part of God’s mission and vision for the town of Apex, which had grown from 5,000 people in 1990 to almost 30,000 people by 2004.
Acts United Methodist Church was born. Public worship began on Thursday evenings in September 2004 at Apex UMC, and then quickly moved to Sundays at Salem Middle School in February 2005. The church lived out of a little red trailer, setting up for worship each and every Sunday morning. We began reaching out to invite people to experience the transforming love of God, which we were experiencing as we tried to faithfully follow Jesus in forming this new community of faith. By the end of 2005, several more families joined our congregation, and 65 to 70 people joined us weekly for worship.
In 2007, we went through a pastoral change, and Acts welcomed Rev. Dr. Charles “Chuck” Killian as our interim pastor. Under Pastor Chuck’s leadership, we renewed our partnership with Apex UMC and moved our worship service from Salem Middle School to the Apex UMC sanctuary on Sunday mornings. In June 2008, we welcomed Pastor Tim Catlett as our new lead pastor to partner with Pastor Chuck and lead our congregation into the next season of our journey. New families continued to join us every week, and worship grew to 85 people by the end of 2009. On Christmas Eve, nearly 150 people experienced worship with us in the Apex UMC sanctuary.
Our partnership with Apex UMC continued to grow and both churches began to dream about the ministry we could do together, instead of apart. Our vision transformed from two independent churches in Apex, to a connected regional church, “one church, with multiple faith communities, in multiple locations” designed to share God’s love more effectively with Southwestern Wake County and beyond. A new church concept was born as the “Apex UMC Family of Faith Communities”, which included Acts UMC, Apex UMC, and our newly forming Latino congregation, Fiesta Cristiana. This partnership has already been fruitful and is quickly becoming the model for new church starts in the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.
In 2010, our congregation stepped out in faith again to continue to pursue the vision we believed God had in store for our church family. Our name officially changed from Acts UMC to Peak United Methodist in February, as we launched our first worship service in our new location on N. Salem St. 138 people joined us for worship on that first Sunday. Our congregation continued to invite people to connect to God in and through our faith community, and over 500 people worshipped with us in our first year. Average attendance continued to grow and by the end of 2010, 165 people were joining us weekly for worship. On our first Christmas Eve in our new facility, 490 people experienced worship at The Peak.
The Peak continues to grow with an average worship attendance of over 250 each week. Yet, as the church grows in numbers, we want to ensure it grows spiritually as well. Our focus is fully on learning God’s word and building relationships within a healthy, Christ-centered community that lives out its faith through service in the church and the surrounding community. Here are just a few of the ways we are focusing on spiritual growth:
- Mission: local and international
- Small Groups: meeting for prayer, Bible study, and fellowship
- Children and Youth Ministries: laying the foundations for Christian living
- Spirit-filled, Soul Lifting Worship: praising God for God’s goodness and mercy
- Leadership Development: Identifying, equipping, and empowering others for Christian service
Our hope is this church continues to be a place where people connect to the transforming love of God each week and grow deeper in their journey to become fully committed disciples of Jesus Christ. We celebrate what God is doing in and through the people affectionately called “The Peak” and look forward to living the dreams that God has in store for us!