Our Story

The Hodges and Goncalves family have known each other for over nine and a half years. Pastor Ward and Pastor Arthur served alongside each-other in ministry over the years in a previous Church, and have had the opportunity to see their families grow together and serve the King. By God’s grace and provision He has given our families the same deep burdened to preach the Gospel to the Lost and grow the believer in His Word in Lake Marry and the surrounding areas of Sanford and Longwood for God’s glory alone. There is a mutual understanding that our families cannot do anything without the power of God, we depend heavily on prayer and trust solely in the work of the Holy Spirit both in our families and in and through Lighthouse. 

Pastor Ward Hodges

Pastor Ward Hodges

Ward and Amy have been married 21 years and have two children, Ethan (10) and Juliet (7).  Ward is a graduate of Clearwater Christian College and has been involved in full-time ministry and mission work around the world for over 20 years.   Since coming to Lighthouse in 2015, Ward’s greatest desire is to see people become fully devoted followers of Christ.

To that end, Ward is committed to a teaching ministry with utmost importance given to the Bible as the Word of God.  The Bible’s sufficiency for all things shows in his preaching and teaching.  He also believes that prayer is the key to any success and unless the Lord builds our church through prayer, we will not be all God wants us to be.

Pastor Arthur Goncalves

Pastor Arthur Goncalves

Arthur and Jessica have been married 10 years and have three children, Arabella (7), Caydan (5) and Paisley (4).  Arthur is graduating from Southeastern Bible College fall of 2018, and is excited to begin his Masters in Divinity. Arthur has been involved in full-time ministry for 10 years. God has given Pastor Arthur a burdened to see people know, love and serve the Lord their God.

Pastor Arthur is devoted to the teaching of the full counsel of God’s Holy Word. His heart is to lead others in a deep relationship with Christ through Biblical discipleship and Gospel centered community.  Pastor Arthur knows that without the power of the Holy Spirit he can do nothing, so he surrenders to the Lord all that is His knowing that Christ builds His Church, and that our part is to meekly be obedient to the Lord’s commands.