The Lighthouse Christian Church is a Bible-based, regional church, which is committed to fostering covenant relationships, and promoting Bible-based worship and education.
Lighthouse Christian Church exists to:
- Join with others to celebrate Christ through worship
- Educate believers in God's sacred word
- Support the growth of faith and knowledge of Christ
- Unite members of the Church in committed fellowship
- Save souls for Christ
Our Pastors and Church
Pastors James and Barbel Prior are 1983 graduates of Zion Bible Institute in East Providence, Rhode Island. They attended Barrington College and later received their Bachelor of Science in Theology from International Bible Institute and Seminary in Plymouth, Florida. From June, 1983 until September, 1988, they were the Youth Ministers at Community Chapel World Outreach of Cranston, RI. While there, they were trained in all areas of the ministry.
This church ministry was established on September 18, 1988. The first meetings were held in the Cumberland Grange Hall, until God opened the door for us to make the Lippitt Estate Clubhouse our home. By 1994, we needed more classroom space and started looking for a larger facility. On June 25, 1995, after months of preparation, we dedicated the building at 22 Clark Street. This is where we began our Lighthouse Community Outreach Ministry with the opening of the Lighthouse Emergency Food Pantry at 30 Meeting Street in Cumberland. In August 2007, an opportunity arose for us to move the church to a more modern facility at 322 Eddie Dowling Highway, North Smithfield, RI, on Route 146A, just past the traffic light at the entrance to the Dowling Village Super WalMart Store in North Smithfield. The Lighthouse Food Pantry is still at the Cumberland address. We are a family-oriented, non-denominational, Christian charismatic church.
We believe the family to be very important (and often neglected due to lack of knowledge and understanding as to the great significance of the family nucleus). Our teaching and activities are directed toward the building, nurturing and strengthening of the family structure, be it a single-parent or two-parent family. We have many children's classes and exciting "fun" fellowships. The Bible tells us to "train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it" and we feel a strong responsibility to fulfill this word. We also feel that it is important to do our best to meet the needs of the community as we are able. We believe in the power of prayer and have experienced God's healing and delivering power in our lives. We strive to do His will as He has declared in his word (the Holy Bible).
We believe that the complete, verbal inspiration of the accepted Canon of Scriptures is infallible and that it is the sole and final authority for all matters of faith and conduct.
II Corinthians 13:14
We believe in the Eternal Godhead who has revealed Himself as one God existing in three persons -- Father, Son and Holy Spirit, distinguishable but indivisible.
Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14
We believe in the creation, test and fall of man as recorded in Genesis; his total spiritual depravity and inability to attain to Divine righteousness.
Romans 5:12, 18
We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior of men, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, very God and very man.
Luke 1:26-35; John 1:14-18; Isaiah 7:14; 9:6
We believe Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again the third day and personally appeared unto His disciples.
I Corinthians 15:1-4; Romans 4:25
We believe in the bodily ascension of Jesus to heaven, His exaltation and personal, literal and bodily coming again the second time for His church.
John 14:2,3; I Thessalonians 4:13-18
We believe in the salvation of sinners by grace, through repentance and faith in the perfect and sufficient work of the cross of Calvary by which we obtain remission of sins.
Ephesians 2:8,9: Hebrews 9:12, 22; Romans 5:11
The Exaltation of the Lord Jesus Christ
Jesus said, ...And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
The Edification of the Body of Christ
By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
The Evangelization of the World
Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.
We Encourage You to be Part of LCC
The Bible exhorts us over and over to become a real part of the local Church. The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body.So it is with Christ ...in fact, God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
I Corinthians 12:12, 19, 27