About Spence

Spence SheltonSpence is the Spiritual Formations Pastor at the Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, NC. Over the past 8 years Spence has overseen the development of the Summit’s small group ministry into the primary hub of discipleship at the Summit. He now provides leadership and support to several other ministries of the Summit.

Beginning September 1, 2014 Spence transitioned into the Summit’s Church Planting Residency where he will be preparing to plant a church in Charlotte, NC in 2015. For more information about the church plant please contact Spence directly at sshelton@summitrdu.com. During his residency, Spence will remain a part of the summit pastoral team overseeing the spiritual formation ministries. 

He has published articles and small group studies for multiple organizations (LifeWay, Outreach Magazine, Right Now.org, Christianity Today, and more) and regularly trains and consults for churches in discipleship methods and models. His book People of God, Co-authored with Trevor Joy,  hit the shelves May 1, 2014. You can order it. Most of what is in there, was worked out here on the blog. If you are interested in having Spence preach and/or consult with your church or organization, contact Taylor Edmonds at tedmonds@summitrdu.com.

Spence received a B.S. in business administration from UNC-Chapel Hill and an MDiv in Christian Ethics from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. After UNC, Spence worked in sales management before heading into the world of theological study and pastoral ministry. His cubicle years will always be fondly remembered and drawn upon countless times for teaching illustrations.

Spence is married to one of the top ten women in human history, his wife Courtney. They have four children: Zeke (6), Ben (5),  Ellie (2), and Haddie (1). Yes, it is a mad house, but they love it.



  1. jaredmathis
    October 10, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    Spence use to cheat off of me in Greek and New Testament at SEBTS…… as a result of this action we both failed….. not because of disciplinary action but because Spence picked the dumb guy to cheat off of!!!

  2. October 14, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Spence, I’m looking for someone to write a short, practical piece in our Jan/Feb issue on small groups, specifically how to keep small groups from becoming ingrown; how to always have a small group to plug people into even when most of your groups are closed; how to connect unbelievers to small groups (belonging before you believe).

    If you’re interested in writing this, e-mail me at llowry@outreach.com. Thanks for your time!

  3. CindyB
    December 2, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Love your blog…would like to follow by email.

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