LCM is founded in Bacliff and began serving families in the upper Galveston Bay Area with an annual budget of $15,000
Lighthouse Christian Ministries was originally founded as Bay Area Christian Services (BACS) in December of 1997 after years of praying and preparation, led primarily by Bayview residents Chuck Gussler and Karl Newmann, pastor of Bayshore Friends Church. A local businessman, who preferred to remain anonymous, committed to match all donations up to $10,000 to begin in the Resale Shop and Gift Emporium that would provide revenue to continue the mission of the ministry. The original location for the ministry was at 1201 State Highway 146 in Kemah.
The name of the resale store changed to the Bay Area Trading Post and funded several community services at BACS. The services included limited financial assistance for utilities and gasoline, food from local food pantries, a clothing allowance for families, job interview techniques, access to job boards, contact information to local employers and resume reviews. The ministry made resource packets available for additional services available through area church and organizations. The packets included information on local programs and events for seniors, families and youth, referrals to parenting worships, financial management and pastoral counseling to promote strong families and self-reliance.
LCM bought the property and building where the ministry operates today, right in the heart of Bacliff.
LCM Education Scholarship Program begins
LCM launches their Medical Ministry
Hurricane Ike devastated the communities of Bacliff and San Leon.
LCM moved into its current facility after a rebuild was necessary due to deconstruction from Hurricane Ike. LCM's new building included a new medical clinic, a large room that would become home to new ministry programs, and an expanded food pantry.
LCM holds its first annual fundraising event which over time became known as our Annual Gala.
LCM Launches the Dental Ministry Program as well as "Getting Ahead in a Just Getting by World" - a program designed to help clients explore and plan for a permanent pathway out of poverty.
LCM launches Kidz Dayz Summer Program, a free 4-week summer day camp held in July.
Lighthouse Christian Ministries celebrates serving the underserved in our community for 20 years. God is good!