Our Team

Esley Patsch
Founder & Chairman

Esley Patsch is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Summit Missions International. The mission was established to glorify God as an international ambassador of hope and help, operating primarily in Eastern Europe since 1994.

Esley earned a B.A. degree in education from the University of Akron and completed postgraduate studies in communications at Kent State University. He graduated from Advanced Officer Training before serving as a commissioned officer in the US Army Adjutant General Corps. He trained with the Ohio Peace Officer Training Association and the Good News Jail and Prison Ministry. His past areas of ministry include Christian camp director, youth pastor, media coordinator, corrections coordinator, and jail chaplain. In 1980 he founded Summit Chaplain Services/The Way Out Prison Ministry. This Christian ministry serves correctional facilities in northeastern Ohio by providing chaplains and volunteers for local jails, juvenile and community-based correctional institutions. He is married and has three sons and five grandchildren.


Justin Brenenstuhl
Executive Director

Justin Brenenstuhl has had the privilege of serving the Lord in some type of outreach capacity since 1997. He brings many years of experience in missions, church leadership, and community service to his position as Executive Director.


  • Foreign Missionary – 1999-2011 – Russia, Slovakia, and Albania    
  • Pastoral Staff – 2011-2023
  • Volunteer in Ukraine and Poland post Russian invasion February 2022


  • Co-Founder/Director of Re-Cycle
  • ESL day camp teacher
  • City Mission Counselor
  • Character Builders leader?
  • Awana leader
  • VBS leader?
  • 20 plus years involvement in Foster Care

As Executive Director of Summit Missions International, Justin’s desire is to not just continue in the path that has been cleared by leadership in the past, in pointing the lost to the cross of Jesus, but to enlarge the road alongside partners who want to help expand the mission through prayer and support.

“Over all our years in ministry, Angie and I have striven to keep one thing as the central point of each ministry we have been a part of; Everything done should shine a light on Jesus. To say that Jesus is an important part of what we do or who we are is not correct. Jesus is what defines our lives. Jesus is everything, not just something.” 


Christine Patsch
Operations Director

Amber Schafer
Administrative Assistant

Carrie Romanin
International Projects Coordinator

Eli Hochstetler
Facilities Coordinator

Board of Directors

Dean Domer
Analytics Manager, Synchrony Financial,

Mike Foraker
President, Jennings Heating and Cooling, Inc., Akron, Ohio

Tom Fuller
President, Alpha Homes and The Ellis Group, Akron, Ohio


Victor Hutnik
Owner, Ohio Engineering & Manufacturing Co., Wadsworth, Ohio

Jim Newman
CPA, James R. Newman, Inc. (Retired),

Aaron M. Patsch
Partner, Resource Land Holdings, LLC,
Denver, Colorado


Christine Patsch
Operations Director, Summit Missions International, Green, Ohio

Justin Brenenstuhl
Executive Director, Summit Missions International, Ohio

Esley Patsch
Founder and Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, Summit Missions International, Green, Ohio