The Journey – How God Started The Lighthouse Church
In 1978, Bill Orf, a man responding to the leading of God, invited some friends to meet in his unfinished home. Believing God’s directive to “Arise, Shine for your light has come” Pastor Bill laid boards down on props for people to enter, added a door onto his bathroom and waited for people to drive up the dirt road. In the early days there were sometimes three other members who came to worship and hear the preaching at the Lighthouse Church, but at the end of the first year there were 50 people squeezing into the home. They knew it was time to move before winter made it impossible to climb the extremely steep mountain and began to trust God for the new location.
Miraculously, Pastor Bill was offered the opportunity to use a local church building for the cost of $5 a week. The congregation began meeting in Port Clinton and the week of their first service, it snowed! The time in the Port Clinton church building provided wonderful opportunities for the beginning of ministry to prisoners connecting with various missionaries and enjoying fellowship at the Blue Mountain Christian Retreat Center. There were sunrise services and hot summer nights. When the floor boards became too dangerous to dance upon, it became clear that a new location was needed.
Once again, the Lord provided. In 1981 we purchased our own building on Rt. 61 in Deer Lake, and in 1998, having outgrown that facility, we purchased our current location, a former Tupperware building, up the road on Route 61 in Orwigsburg. Our members worked tirelessly to provide labor and expertise as we renovated the entire building.
In November of 2017, after 40 years of faithful service, Pastor Bill was able to retire. God brought Pastor Bryan Kenville and his wife Michelle, from Rochester, New York to us. Building upon the spiritual foundations already established, and seeking the presence of the Lord, Pastor Bryan leads the Lighthouse Church as we continue Turning hearts to God, Loving each other and Caring for our world.
We believe our story is just beginning and we look forward to what the Lord will do in the years ahead.