Lighthouse Parker

In essential beliefs we have unity, in non-essential beliefs we have liberty, and in all our beliefs we show love and grace.

 

We recognize that not every Christian agrees with us on every detail of doctrine, and that our unity as the global Church is based solely on the atoning work of Jesus. The beliefs listed below are the official doctrinal position Lighthouse Church as a local fellowship of believers. The statements are both personal and foundational for the leadership and our body.
God

We believe in one God who is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three distinct and co-equal persons  we refer to as the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

(Genesis 1:1, 26-27, 3:22; Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; John 14:26; 1 Peter 1:2)

Jesus

We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Jesus, while upon the earth, was God revealed in the flesh. He was both fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God, fulfill prophecy, and redeem sinful man. We believe He accomplished our redemption through His substitutionary sacrifice on the cross, His burial, and His bodily resurrection. We believe that Jesus Christ is the visible image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation, and the Head of the Church. We believe the Lord Jesus Christ is now in heaven, exalted to the right hand of God where, as High Priest to His people, He serves as our Advocate and intercedes for us. He is coming again personally and visibly to claim His bride, the Church, and will reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. 

(Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; 52:12-53:12; Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 20:28; 26:37-39; John 1:1-18; 1:29-34; 10:30; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 1:3-4; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 4:14; Colossians 1:15-19; Hebrews 1:3; 3:1; 7:23-25; 1 John 2:1-2)

The Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit is co-equal with God the Father and Jesus Christ. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He is given to and lives in all believers from the moment of salvation empowering them to be effective witnesses in the world. He provides the Christian with the power for living, understanding spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift(s) when they are saved to be used in ministry to others. As Christians, we seek to live daily under His direction until the return of Christ.

(Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8, 4:8, 4:31; John 16:7-13,14:16,17; 1 Corinthians 1:12, 3:16; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 1:13, 5:18)

The Bible

The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. We believe that the Bible, Old and New Testaments, is inspired by God; it is the truth without any mixture of error.

(Psalm 1:1-2, 12:6; 119:105,160; Proverbs 30:5; Colossians 3:16, 2 Timothy 1:13,3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21)

Humanity

We believe people were created innocent and in the spiritual image and likeness of God, and are the supreme object of God’s creation. By choosing to sin, the first humans (Adam and Eve) brought both physical and spiritual death to all humanity and creation. No person can do anything to merit God’s favor and all are incapable of attaining salvation outside of Jesus Christ.

(Genesis 1:27, 2:17, 3:19 Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; 59:1,2; Romans 3:23; 5:12-21)

Salvation

We believe salvation is God’s free gift to us, that we must accept. We can never make up for our sin through self-improvement or good works. Only by placing our faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ as God’s pathway to forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty of eternal separation from God. When we turn away from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life with God begins the moment a person receives Jesus Christ into their life by faith.

(John 1:12; 10:28,29; 14:6; Romans 5:1; 6:23; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:8,9; 2 Timothy 1:12; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10,14; 1 Peter 1:3-5, Revelation 3:20)

Eternity

We believe each individual person is created as an eternal being. The gift of God is eternal union with Him. We receive this gift through faith in Jesus and acceptance of the forgiveness and salvation that is found in Him alone. Hell is eternal separation from God. Heaven is eternal union with God. Heaven and Hell are real places as the Bible describes and are not conditions we live in before death or before the return of Jesus.

(Matthew 20: John 3:16, 14:17; Romans 6:23, 8:17-18; 1 Corinthians 2:7-9; Revelation 20:15)

The Church

We believe that the Church (comprised of all Christ-following believers around the world) is a spiritual body with Jesus Christ as its head. The Church is a collection of local churches that may not have unity in every detail of philosophy and doctrine but walk in the unity of Jesus Christ as the head of the Church, and a common mission to spread His Good News. The local church (individual congregations/organizations) is an assembly of professed believers in Jesus Christ who are voluntarily joined together in one locality for the purposes of worship, study of the Word of God, observance of the ordinances, Christian fellowship, love and service to others, and equipping for and practice of Kingdom service, specifically stewarding our lives for the purpose of fulfilling the Great Commission. We believe the two church ordinances in which all believers are to participate are water baptism (by immersion) and communion.

 

(Matthew 3:13-17; 16:13-19; 28:18-20; Mark 14:22-26; Acts 2:38, 42-47; 8:38-39; 18:8; 20:17-18,28; Romans 6:1-5; 12; 1 Corinthians 1:1-2; 11:23-34; 12:12-31; Ephesians 1:22-23;4:11-13; 5:23; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-11; 1 Peter 5:12, Hebrews 10:24-25)

 

Lighthouse Team

Joel Wood

Joel Wood

Lead Pastor

I have the privilege to serve as the Lead Pastor at Lighthouse. It is my calling and passion to lead and serve the people of our community, showing them the life changing love of Jesus. I am honored to serve with an incredible team of people who share a passion for others and believe God is doing big things at Lighthouse.

I am blessed to be married Ashley and together we parent Jackson, Jonah, James, and Juliet. We are always in search of the next adventure to go on together. I enjoy reading, music, running, cycling, and a good cup of coffee but I most enjoy connecting with people and living out community with those around me.

joel@lighthouseparker.com

Chad Braun

Chad Braun

Associate Pastor

I joined the Lighthouse Team in March of 2015 as the Associate Pastor. My wife, Teegan and I have 4 amazing kiddos Jayden, Noah, Cameron, and Liam. They love to serve, and love being kids.

I am also blessed to lead the church in worship along side an incredibly talented team. I believe in the value of investing in others and building authentic community, I believe we truly have the ability to be Jesus to all who seeks him. In my down time I enjoy spending time with my family adventuring around our beautiful state. I also enjoy a good cup of coffee, cycling, and a great book!  I’m so thankful and honored to serve God and his people and look forward to connecting with you! 

chad@lighthouseparker.com

Carolyn Ritchie

Carolyn Ritchie

Children's Ministry Director

I have had the honor of serving at Lighthouse for the last six years and have been blessed to work with an amazing group of believers who are on fire for Christ. God has given me the privilege of coming alongside the wonderful teachers to assist in the development and spiritual growth of the children at Lighthouse. I have a strong desire to help generate enthusiasm and zeal for Jesus in the hearts and minds of the children. Additionally, I strongly believe in encouraging parents to take what the children have learned in church and exemplify how it can be applied in their lives.

I have two amazing children of my own, who keep me busy and have given me a new lens to witness the pursuit God has on our hearts so early in life. My passion for ministry is not only for other children, but now serves to equip my own children to further God’s Kingdom. As a family, we enjoy taking nature walks and exploring Colorado. I personally cherish the fun family memories of everyday life followed by a nice long nap in which mommy can have some God time!

carolyn@lighthouseparker.com

Tori Taggart

Tori Taggart

Creative Director

I have been a part of the Lighthouse for almost 8 years and I am honored to serve in a community of authentic Jesus-loving people. I am married to an amazing musician Chris and have two daughters, Londyn (12) and Finley (10) whom keep us extremely busy with gymnastics and basketball.  We love spending time together doing all things outdoors in our beautiful state.  I look forward to meeting you!

I believe that at church, the way in which we experience God and relationship with others is important and is affected by the environment that we are in. It matters how you feel, the colors you see, the ambiance around you.  Art helps us to think, challenge ourselves, ponder life’s hardest questions and appreciate beauty.  As the creative director at Lighthouse Church, I have desire to see more people experience the fullness of God and his glories.  Through the use of art, I am excited to help bring more life to sermon themes, bring positive change to the church environment and provide modern and relevant art to appreciate and interact with.

tori@lighthouseparker.com

Taylor Dinh

Taylor Dinh

Tech Director / Interim Student Ministry Pastor

I joined the Lighthouse team in June of 2020 as the worship intern. In 2021, I was promoted to be Lighthouse’s tech and students director! I am currently a Junior standing at Metro State University of Denver with graduation set for May of 2022. It is my passion to serve and lead those in worship as I hope to launch a church one day.

I am honored to serve the Lighthouse team & family as I can see God’s glory being spread through us all. I believe in empowering everybody with a confident heart in the midst of any battles. I believe that empowered people will lead to an empowered future as children of God. Worship and Students are my main passion as I love sharing my God-given talents alongside my fellow worshippers and the next generation. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my loved ones, photography, doing creative projects, but most of all I enjoy being with the community around me.

taylor@lighthouseparker.com