What we believe

Planting a new church in Lee's Summit was initiated by the Holy Spirit in 1994 by connecting the Evangelical Covenant Church denomination, recent Gordon-Conwell Seminary graduate Gary Schmitz and Hillcrest Covenant Church of Prairie Village, KS.  A small number of people began gathering together in 1995 in homes in the Oak Tree & Deerbrook neighborhoods of Lee's Summit with the intent to form a Covenant Church.  Eventually, the growing congregation met at Campbell Middle School for a number of years.

A commitment to God's leading, children & youth ministries and contemporary worship music helped the congregation connect and prosper.   In March 2002, we enjoyed the blessings of a new place as our church facility on Tudor Road was completed.  A remarkable outpouring of God's Spirit and grace took hold of us in 2003 and marked our emphasis on prayer ministry.   

Deerbrook has become connected with several local ministries including Wheels for Freedom, supporting Langsford House & Pro-Deo youth ministry, Meadow Lane Elementary School, Habitat for Humanity and most recently our community garden.   In addition, we have sent out multiple families as missionaries.  In addition, meeting together in small group Bible studies has been a long-standing value at Deerbrook. 

Our congregation has been blessed by wonderful leaders and solid families over the past two decades.  In 2006, Pastor Schmitz moved on to to lead K.C.'s City-Wide Prayer Ministry.  Soon after, Pastor Tim Ek joined our church staff.  Our current staff consists of office manager Emily Aadland, Senior Pastor Roger Gilbert, Children's Pastor Joyce Norman, Youth Director Preston LaFollette and Worship Director Clif Thurmond.

We listen for God's continual guidance and his opening our doors of hearts with love.  Our average Sunday attendance represents a broad cross section of people of differing backgrounds, ages, and race.  Click here for a short verbal history of our church.

We are committed to our identity of being a Bible based, loving community that

  • Brings people to Jesus

  • Equips people to spiritual growth, and

  • Sends people to serve in the name of Christ.

We invite you to join with us to worship, connect with one another and serve our Lord Jesus Christ.


The Evangelical Covenant Church seeks to form and nurture communities that are deeply committed to Jesus Christ and passionately engaged in Christ’s mission in the world. The purpose of Covenant affirmations is to make clear the values and principles that have guided the Evangelical Covenant Church since its founding in 1885.

For Covenant people, our essential beliefs are summed up in what we call Covenant Affirmations:

  • We affirm the centrality of the Word of God.
  • We affirm the necessity of the new birth.
  • We affirm a commitment to the whole mission of the church.
  • We affirm the church as a fellowship of believers.
  • We affirm a conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit.
  • We affirm the reality of freedom in Christ.

 Click here for more detail information about our beliefs, including scripture references.