On May 22, 2019, we’ll host our second summit in New Hampshire. This summit will be unique from our other summits as it will consist of four small group conversations moderated by other New Hampshire pastors.

We will meet at Christ Community Church, 727 S Stark Hwy in Weare, NH.

To register, please click below.


Rhythms for Sustained Gospel Ministry

Running the course of ministry set before us requires endurance. But how do we minister with joy and hope even when ministry in the small places can leave us feeling isolated, frustrated, and beleaguered? Small Town Summits will be hosting a conversation on rhythms that sustain gospel ministry on May 22nd. Join with other pastors and church staff members from around New Hampshire as we come together for a time of self-examination and mutual encouragement to foster healthy, fruitful, and lasting ministry in the places to which God has called us.


  • 9 – 9.30am - Arrival and registration

  • 9:30 – 10am - Welcome, singing, and vision

  • 10 – 11am - Session #1

  • 11 – 12am - Session #2

  • 12 – 1pm - Lunch

  • 1 – 2pm - Session #3

  • 2 – 3pm - Session #4

  • 3 – 3.30pm - Holding Tight to Christ




Holding Tight to Your Calling Long Term

Can you envision yourself sustained with joy for 30 years in New Hampshire ministry?  There are foundational truths and disciplines which provide motivation to endure for the long haul as happy warriors.  Part of our discussion will address the thieves of delights that rob pastors.   Ideally we’ll leave this discussion with gospel true motivations and perhaps some strategies that will feed our long term devotion.

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Investing in Family as Foundational for Ministry

Strong marriages undergird faithful ministry while untended marriages can sow the seeds of failed ministry. Whether married or not, our attentiveness to the fact that God said it was not good for Adam to be alone matters to fulfillment of our calling. This session will discuss how attentiveness to our marriages and family shape a resilient ministry.



Cultivating Deep Relationships

“No man is an island.”  We know this to be true. We know we need gospel-centered friendships. We know we need brothers to encourage us. But pastoring in a rural setting can often leave us feeling isolated and discouraged. This doesn’t have to be our reality. One of God’s gracious gifts to us are fellow brothers laboring in rural places. Let’s talk about how we can cultivate some needed friendships and encourage one another to run our race with perseverance. 

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Cultivating Healthy Rhythms of Work and Rest

The work God has called us to is important. But from time to time, the best thing we can do for the Lord, is stop the working and rest. In this session, we will have a conversation about what our life looks like when we are not shepherding the flock and what it might look like to establish healthy rhythms of rest.

Join other women on September 21st to be encouraged and equipped in studying the Bible for yourself and helping others to do the same.

We will meet at Christ Church PCA, 146 Sheep Davis Road Pembroke, NH.

To register, please click below.


Bible Training for Women

God has chosen to reveal himself to us through the Bible. When we dive into his Word we discover the riches of God’s character and his redemptive plan for us and this world. But sometimes it's hard to know where to start. On September 21st, we will learn what it looks like to study a book of the Bible on its own. In walking through the book of Philippians, we will learn and practice tools for studying the Bible and helping others in doing the same.

Before gathering on September 21, you will have the opportunity to begin practicing study skills by completing prep work for the day. In addition to hands-on-learning, you will also be provided with various resources that will help as you continue to study the Word of God upon returning to your homes and churches. You can come to this event on your own. It’s also an ideal opportunity to bring a group of women from your church and grow together.


  • 8.30 – 9am - Arrival & Coffee

  • 9 – 9.50am - Session #1: “Welcome, Worship, and the Heart of Bible Study”

  • 9.50 – 10am - break

  • 10 – 10.50am - Session #2: “The Big Picture of Philippians”

  • 10.50 – 11.30pm - breakout groups

  • 11.30 – 12.30pm - Lunch

  • 12.30 – 1.20pm - Session #3: “The Inductive Process in Philippians”

  • 1.20 – 2pm - breakout groups

  • 2 – 2.10pm - break

  • 2.10 – 3pm - Session #4: “Leading Others through Philippians”

  • 3 – 3.30pm - Closing

(Schedule subject to change)

Main Speakers


Olivia Ruhl

Olivia Ruhl lives in Alton, NH, where she serves alongside Ben Ruhl in church ministry. Though the New England region is now home, life has taken her to the West Coast, South, Midwest, and overseas. Prior to Alton, Olivia attended Moody Bible Institute and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary for ministry training.


Emma Witmer

Emma Witmer lives in Pepperell, MA but was born and bred in Northern Ireland. In a previous life she taught English to high school students, and worked in student ministry at a large church in Cambridge, England. Life is now full of church ministry alongside Stephen and looking after their three children.

STS Western & Central Massachusetts

On Saturday, October 19, 2019, Small Town Summits, in partnership with the Moody Center, will host a Summit in Massachusetts. Pastors and lay leaders from small places across western and central Massachusetts will unite around our love for the gospel of Jesus Christ.

We will meet at The Moody Center, 206 Main Street Northfield, MA 01360

Registration coming soon.


A Big Gospel in Small Places

The mighty, enduring gospel of Jesus Christ is God’s transforming power wherever it goes, in the biggest cities and the remotest villages. The purpose of our Summit on October 19, 2019 will be to consider how we can most fruitfully obey God’s call to minister this big gospel in the small places of western and central Massachusetts. What are the unique challenges and opportunities of small-place ministry? How does God mean for the gospel to shape both the content of our preaching and the contours of our ministry? Please join us to share your experience and to be equipped and encouraged.


  • 8.30 – 9am - Arrival and registration

  • 9 – 10am - Welcome, singing, the vision of Small Town Summits

  • 10 – 11am - Session #1: ‘Gospel ministry in small places’ and group discussion (Stephen Witmer)

  • 11 – 11.30am - Coffee break

  • 11.30am – 12.30pm - Session #2: 'Preaching in small places’ and group discussion (David Pinckney)

  • 12.30 – 1.30pm - Lunch

  • 1.30 – 2.30pm - Breakout sessions (see below)

  • 2.30 – 3.30pm - Session #3: ‘Joy in small places’ and group discussion (David Pinckney and Stephen Witmer)

  • 3.30 – 4pm - Prayer

Main Sessions

In our main sessions, David Pinckney and Stephen Witmer will explore the unique privileges and challenges of preaching and gospel ministry in small towns and rural areas, and will lead us in thinking about how to fight for joy in our small-place ministries.

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Stephen Witmer is the lead pastor of Pepperell Christian Fellowship in Pepperell, MA. He's a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and the University of Cambridge, and serves on the steering committee of the Gospel Coalition New England. He and his wife Emma have two sons and one daughter.

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David Pinckney is the lead pastor of River of Grace in Concord, NH, an Acts 29 church. He's a graduate of Bethel Seminary, a long-time New England pastor, and he and his wife Sharon have four sons and one daughter. He enjoys traveling, people, and history

(More info coming soon)