The Summit is a 16,000 square foot home along with two other homes on 96 acres in Fort Payne, Alabama. Our ministry is a faith-based 12-month intensive recovery and discipleship ministry.  It will take God’s army, the Body of Christ, to be the hands and feet of Jesus coming alongside us ministering to women struggling with addiction.

Debra Garner, LCC MCC
Executive Director

I came to know Jesus Christ at the age of 12 and was baptized by Adrian Rogers in my home church in Merritt Island, Florida.  I was discipled as a teenager and wanted to share Jesus with everyone I knew.  I went to Palm Beach Atlantic College for two years and transferred to Tennessee Temple College in Chattanooga, Tennessee where I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Theology and a minor in Psychology.  Later in life, I got my master’s degree in Christian Counseling.  My Husband and I are members of Nazareth Baptist Church in Rainsville, Alabama.


In 2007, I worked with Women of Faith as concourse staff and was so privileged to hear many of the best speakers in our Country and enjoy great worship music live during the WOF weekend events.  While working with WOF, I also worked with New Life Ministries telling women all over the country how they can attend special workshops to help them overcome life controlling problems.  Additionally, I was an online coach and had the privilege of working with 44 people struggling with various issues.


In 2010, I was hired by Family Life Center, Inc. in Fort Payne, Alabama as the Clinical Director over 8 outpatient treatment facilities across 8 counties in North Alabama.  I spent the next 6 1/2 years working with people struggling with drugs and alcohol, supervising these programs.


For the past 9 years, I have been involved in the Jail Ministry in DeKalb County ministering to incarcerated women.  Several of us involved in this ministry saw the great need for a residential ministry to help women who have no place to go once they get out of jail.  Many of these women experience the saving power of Jesus Christ while incarcerated but because they have no support when they are released, they often become repeat offenders and end up back in jail.  We started praying for a home, a safe place, for women to be discipled, acquire life skills, get jobs, learn how to parent, get their GED’s, etc.  On July 28, 2016, Chick-fil-A gifted us a 96 acre property with 3 homes for a new ministry for women recovering from life controlling problems.

Greg Mayfield - IT Advisor

Greg has worked for Family Life Center and DTPM as IT Manager for over 5 years. He is a member of Wills Valley Community Church in Fort Payne. He is first a Believer in Christ and 2nd a loving husband and man of God. He is honored to be able to serve God as a help to the Summit of Fort Payne. Greg is Volunteer Staff.

Mission Statement

God’s Sanctuary of Hope and Healing, a place set apart as a refuge for God “to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”  Isaiah 61:3.   The Summit provides an opportunity for those struggling with life controlling problems by providing a safe place to find hope, help and freedom found only in Jesus Christ.

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  1. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

  2. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

  3. We believe in the deity and humanity of Christ in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His blood shed, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His present rule as Head of the Church and in His personal return in power and glory.

  4. We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful men, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.

  5. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

  6. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, they that are saved unto the resurrection of life or they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

  7. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, with equality across race, gender and class differences.