The question we get asked most is “How did The Lighthouse Events come to be”?
I guess the story starts back in California. In the early 1990’s I was a commercial fisherman in Alaska and had been for over a decade. After a bad accident and some surgery to repair my shoulder I was approached by a guy from Family Radio. He offered me a job in radio expansion and I took him up on the offer.
That started my career in radio for a better part of the last 20 years. I have worked for 20 ministries from Calvary Chapel to K-LOVE and Air 1 Radio. In 2005, Gail my wife of 16 years, felt the Lord calling us to do something different. We were part of a dynamic church in Granite Bay, California called Bayside Church, where Lincoln Brewster was our worship leader. We were helping KLOVE and Air 1 radio expand across the country. After praying to see what God had in store for us we ended up in Maine working for a local Christian radio station. It was hard to leave California and family and friends but when God says go, you go. After being with the station for a few months it was not a good fit so we parted ways in 2008.
So there we were in Freeport Maine trying to understand what God’s plan was. Why did he call us to move all the way across the country. After much prayer and seeking, Gail came up with the idea of a Christian concert ministry. She encouraged me to start The Lighthouse Events, after all I had been around Christian music for 20 years. That is when Romans 8:28 came to life for me. It says
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
Thus, in October 2008 we started “The Lighthouse Events”. I asked a friend, Chris Dilts, to join our staff and after some prayer he agreed. We’ve slowly been building relationships across New England with churches and businesses. We have some great friends helping us run the ministry (go to our staff page on our website). With little funding we have hosted 700+ concerts and have heard hundreds of stories about how lives are being changed through these events. We also have an incredible volunteer team of over 200 people. In May of 2010 we also launched a news magazine about Christian music called The Beacon Spotlight.
We look forward to seeing what God is going to do over the next few years. Like Nehemiah of the Old Testament we persevere and will continue with what God has called us to do. Look forward to seeing you at one of our events.
Why “THE Lighthouse Events“?
Yes, we know that Maine and New England are famous for their rocky shores and beautiful lighthouses along their coast. But we decided on using “THE” Lighthouse Events because unlike our coastal waters, there is only ONE Lighthouse that guides travelers in spiritually stormy seas to safe harbor. There is only ONE Beacon of light that shines in the darkeness illuminating every crevice and crack in our lives, yet brings hope in time of despair. There is only ONE strong tower that the righteous can run to and be safe. It is THE lighthouse. THE ULTIMATE lighthouse.
And so we are not “Lighthouse Events”, we are “THE Lighthouse Events”.