Conference Mourns Burlingame Pastor

May 17, 2011

The Rev. Landon Tracy Archer Summers, pastor of Burlingame United Methodist Church since July 1, 2009, died peacefully early Sunday morning (May 15, 2011) following a sudden illness. He was 51. A memorial service is being planned for Burlingame UMC at a date to be announced.

Rev. Summers leaves his wife, Boyung Lee, and two teenage children, Clara and Landon Summers.
Archer Summers was born Dec. 31, 1959. He served as pastor of St. Mark's UMC in Orinda from July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2005; and as pastor of First UMC of Palo Alto, July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2009, before being appointed to Burlingame UMC.
He has been a member of the Conference Committee on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns (CCUIC) since July 1, 2008.
On Friday a family friend of 34 years, Ron Lewkowitz, issued a statement on behalf of the family.
"We have been a tight and loving support to Archer and each other during this difficult time and your expressions of concern have strengthened us.
"During the past four days that we have spent together, we continue to be awed by Archer's accomplishments in 51 years!
"He graduated from Georgetown with a BA in Classical Studies and later returned to complete a law degree; he graduated from Harvard with two masters and a doctorate in divinity and education; traveled to all seven continents by the age of 24; was the greatest dad to two extraordinary children; served as a minister to churches in Maine, Connecticut, and California; spoke Hebrew, Russian, Greek, Latin, and some Korean to impress his in-laws; was Program Manager of the USDA Graduate School (America's largest continuing education program); received a Congressional award for his inspired work to promote peace in the Middle East; served on the Washington State Board of Mandatory Continuing Legal Education; was given the Unsung Hero award from the San Francisco Jewish Community Relations Council; was extremely proud of his West Virginia heritage; and was a lifelong fan of Monty Python and bluegrass music."
Lewkowitz reported that in Summers' final hours, "Archer especially appreciates all of the loving support that he is receiving …. Thankfully, he is resting comfortably and breathing on his own. Church friends will be pleased to know that he is now wearing his favorite pastoral stole. Sitting here with him, we also feel confident that he is engaged in lively debate with God."
Following Rev. Summers' death Sunday morning, the family issued a brief statement thanking friends for their loving support.