Esley Patsch is the founder and director of Summit Missions International (SMI), a nondenominational faith-based Christian mission located in the community of Green, Ohio, USA. SMI was established to glorify God as an international ambassador of hope and help, operating primarily in Eastern Europe since 1992.

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.