Isaac Hunter, the founding pastor of the popular Summit Church in Orlando.
Orlando's Summit Church has added a teaching pastor to its leadership team, but church officials say he is not replacing founding pastor Isaac Hunter, who resigned earlier this year after admitting to an affair with a church employee.
Lead Pastor John Parker announced the hiring of Zach Van Dyke on the church blog:
I have some good news that I am eager to share with you. You probably guessed that Zach Van Dyke, who led us in our last series, Known, was a candidate for the Teaching Team. In fact, as we concluded the series, many of you emphatically let me know you thought he should be considered. If you guessed that, you were indeed correct and should immediately pause reading this blog to congratulate yourself for your astuteness.
Zach will be officially starting as a member of the Teaching Team on staff full-time at the end of this month.
Parker's blog post included a link to a bio of Van Dyke:
People liked to tell Zach from the time he was young that he would be a pastor one day—an expectation he fervently denied for many years. But God has a funny way of getting our attention, and Zach was no exception. After attending Florida State and then moving to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career, through circumstances only God could ordain, he surrendered to God’s call to ministry.
As youth pastor at Orangewood Church in Maitland for six years, Zach shared with teenagers the concepts of grace shown through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. He also created a seminar for teenagers called Exposed Freedom to further get the point across that—as Zach often likes to say—it’s all about grace.
Over the past few years, Zach had the opportunity to be mentored by Steve Brown and brought into the Key Life Network, which features biblical teaching through radio broadcasts, seminars, publications, and podcasts. If Zach’s voice sounds familiar, it may be that you’ve heard him on the radio—he frequents the weekend show Steve Brown Etc. as a guest teacher.