Jeff & Gail Wall
My wife Gail and I are the founders of The Lighthouse Events.
We both were raised in California with families who love the Lord.
I met Gail after I finished commercial fishing in Alaska and she completed playing volleyball at the University of Washington. We met through our church singles group and married in 1994. After my years in Alaska I was offered a job in Christian radio. For 20 years I helped make radio networks grow with stops at Family Radio, Calvary Chapel, K-LOVE, Air1 Radio and many others. In 2007 we felt the Lord calling us to Maine to be a part of a local ministry, So in the summer of 2007 we loaded up our car and moved our family across country. We have three children, Jessica (16), Rachel (11) and Cody (9).
One year later our job plans had changed and we found ourselves wondering why God had brought us to Maine. It was August 2008 about 2am when we both decided we should start The Lighthouse Events. And so with a flick of a switch, The Lighthouse Events had begun. Our first show was in late September 2008 with artist Laura Story, and thus began our great adventure.
Since the start we have developed great friends all over the Northeast and Eastern Canada. We have had the opportunity to visit over 1,000 churches to share what we are doing. In a year and half we have facilitated more than 350 concerts. We have had the opportunity to bring such Christian Musicians as Matthew West, Bebo Norman, Natalie Grant, John Waller, MercyMe and many, many more in concert to Maine, New Brunswick, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. We are looking forward to seeing how God is going to use TLE. Our hopes are that people will be encouraged, people will use our events to reach out to family, friends, neighbors and co-workers, and people will be drawn to Christ.
Brett & Julie Garrett
Brett Garrett grew up in Kennebunkport, Maine and moved to San Jose, California to attend Bible college. After college he became “just” friends with Julie and eventually realized he’d fallen in love. It was also during this time that Brett and Julie became friends with two other single folk, Jeff Wall and Gail (Wall) Thorpe. Jeff and Gail were even emcee and hostess of Brett & Julie’s wedding. Brett became involved in the Christian Music Industry and moved he and his new bride to Nashville in the fall of 1996, but with the birth of their first child they moved to Southern California to be close to family and the ocean.
Brett and Julie never lost touch with their good friends, and in August 2008 Brett partnered with them as the webmaster and “graphics guy” in starting The Lighthouse Events. While still living and working in California, Brett has never lost his heart for the body of Christ in Maine and New England.
Michael & Janine Sewell
Jamaican-born Michael Sewell met his beautiful wife Janine nurse Sewell in Brooklyn New York introduced by her aunt; they moved to the vacationland about ten years ago and haven’t looked back.
Michael and Janine singer/songwriter of a Christian band called Channels of Blessings were referred to Jeff and Gail wall by his Pastor who insisted that they meet; they did, and the rest as they say is history.
Michael and Janine started volunteering with the Lighthouse events exercising theirs gifts of love for the lost seeing this as the perfect opportunity to serve and partner up with Jeff and Gail Wall and their vision to win New England and the world for Jesus sake.
As directors of the Indy Regional stage for local artists at the Lighthouse events River Rock Festival and the Worship in the Adirondacks Festival the Sewell are filled with joy to know that the word of God being preach through music alongside international recording artists using the Universal language of love and feel privileged to be part on The Lighthouse Events family.
Website & Ticket Manager
Ben and his wife, Jada, and three children live in Freeport, Maine. They are members at The Rock Church, along with Jeff and Gail Wall. Ben is the owner at LEAF9 LLC, a website design firm and marketing consultancy.
After graduating from Cedarville University in 2008, Ben and Jada moved from Ohio to Connecticut to Delaware, finally settling in Maine. They are committed to following Jesus in life, family, and business.
Ben is responsible for designing and maintaining The Lighthouse Events’ website. Ben also has an ongoing role as the webmaster and designer for River Rock Festival.