Word of God Fellowship was founded by the late Bishop Frank and Pastor JoeNell Summerfield.
in 1988, as Ye Are the Temple. The ministry initially started in the Summerfield’s kitchen with six chairs and the first members were their children Frank IV, Mitchell, Valisha, Joshua and Mother Locie Jones (Pastor JoeNell’s mother).
Bishop Summerfield was inspired later by God to rename the ministry to Word of God Fellowship. From inception, Word of God Fellowship was established on two founding principles faith and prayer. Bishop Frank and Pastor JoeNell Summerfield co-labored in the vineyard as the Senior Pastors of Word of God for over three decades. Bishop and Pastor JoeNell’s passion and unwavering dedication to serve God and His people led to the expansion of their ministry from their kitchen to a store front church on Davie Street downtown Raleigh. Additionally, for a number of years, Bishop and Pastor JoeNell pastored both Word of God of Fellowship of Dudley, NC and the Davie Street downtown location.
As the church persistently thrived, Summerfield ministries became increasingly recognized. The ministry continued to grow exponentially and in 1991, Word of God Fellowship was moved to its current location at 3000 Rock Quarry Road. Shortly thereafter, in 1993 the Summerfields established Word of God Christian Academy and Daycare, transforming the lives of children academically and spiritually from infancy through the 12th grade. Today, Word of God Christian Academy is a well-known academic pillar in the community for Christian education with hundreds of graduates proudly calling WOGCA their alma mater.
Progressively advancing in God’s divine plan for the ministry, Bishop and Pastor JoeNell secured an acquisition for more than 100 acres expanding Word of God territorial borders. Subsequently, a community of single family homes was built on 51 acres of the land. Under the leadership of Bishop Frank and Pastor JoeNell Summerfield, Word of God Fellowship is valued in the community for sound doctrine, profound teaching and preaching impacting the lives of thousands of people locally, nationally and internationally.
In July of 2017, Bishop Frank Summerfield transitioned to be with the Lord. Two months later, his beloved wife and partner in ministry transitioned from labor to reward. In September 2017, Pastor Mitch Summerfield, the Summerfield’s second eldest son assumed the role as Senior Pastor of Word of God.
The legacy of the Summerfield’s will perpetually resound in the lives of their children, families, the members of Word of God Fellowship, the students of Word of God Christian Academy and Daycare, their pastoral friends and partners in ministry and all those who loved and knew them.