Meet Our Staff
Reverend Philip Brooks
Rev. Philip Brooks has been in ministry since 1968 having begun as a student pastor at age 20 pastoring churches on weekends through the last two years of college and all through theological seminary graduate school.
He has always served as a pastor to local congregations except for a term as Superintendent of the Lima District. He retired in 2014 but has served since as interim pastor to several congregations.
Married to Rev. Gloria Brooks since 1978, they have two married children, a son who has been a drug and alcohol rehabilitation counselor and now works for Goodwill Industries and a daughter who is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with Ohio Health and also teaches at Columbus State Community College. Each family has a preschool son who brings great joy to their lives.
Philip has pastored churches with memberships ranging from 17 members to 2,000 in both rural and urban settings. Long interested in the mission outreach of the church, he has led many mission teams around the world and served a number of years as the West Ohio Conference Secretary of Global Ministries. His “aspirational life motto” states: “Jesus Christ is Lord of the Church and of my life.”
Director of Music Ministries
With a strong classical background and experience in the genres of musical theater, jazz, and rock/blues, Susan McQuilkin brings an unusual level of musical diversity to the music program at Summit on 16th. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Kent State University, studying organ with John Ferguson and Larry Smith, and choral conducting with Vance George, who subsequently won four Grammy awards for his recordings with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. Sue earned a Master of Music degree at the University of Tennessee, studying organ and harpsichord with John Brock. Sue also studied jazz piano for a number of years with Bruce Hartung at Capital University in Bexley. She has played piano in the orchestra pit for musical theatre productions at Phoenix Theater, Columbus Children’s Theatre and Davis Discovery Center in Columbus, and played keyboards and sang backup vocals in several local rock, alternative and blues cover bands. Sue is a member of FUMMWA, Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts. She is married to Dale Collmer, who sings bass in Summit Singers and plays bass in our Summit Band. Sue’s many years of piano teaching have given her a heart for encouraging musical talent and introducing new participants into Summit’s music program.
Sharon has spent the past few decades of her life being the following: a C++ coder, a math tutor, an art director, A Dick & Jane Project musician and writer, a vegan baker, a Republican, an introverted first-generation Nigerian-American, a pianist in over 25 bands, short-order cook, a church choir accompanist, a David Byrne enthusiast, a mediocre (very mediocre, leaning towards just plain bad) alto saxophone player, and a hip-hop dance teacher. Sharon has been described as the following: a warm bowl of soup, a tornado, a jalapeño pepper, a Jackson Pollock painting, a bulldozer, and the granddaughter of James Brown and Nina Simone. Sharon would like to spend the next few years of her life doing the following: exploring what kids’ maximum potential looks like by pumping them chock-full of self-esteem, playing the piano as much as humanly possible, and wearing all the colors all the time.
Director of Operations
John spent eight years in Romania and Moldova where he encountered and was transformed by the presence of love among at-risk and institutionalized children. These children instilled in him a fierce belief in the inherent dignity of all people, a belief that led him to his involvement at Summit on 16th. Outside of work, John enjoys playing cello, practicing Ashtanga yoga, cooking plant-based meals and spending time with his wife, Rachel, and son, Oscar.