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Staff

Staff

Dan Cooper - Lead Pastor

Life has been an amazing adventure! I left home at 17 to attend Christ for the Nations, where I met Connie in 1976, got married a year later, and left immediately for England to establish a Bible School with a former professor.

Now, 40 years later, with a number of careers under my belt, lots of world-travel, a Bachelors in Communications, and much needed experience in and out of church, I'm pursuing my dream: leading an amazing group of loving, dedicated, genuine, and accepting people in a fantastic and growing community as well as running a critically acclaimed coffee bar and cafe.

I've been a missionary, a worship leader, a youth pastor, a children's pastor, and ministry administrator. One thing I love is sharing truth: truth about God, the people He made, and truth about the world around us. I've been here full-time serving the Lighthouse since 2000.

We try to keep things pretty simple around here. We stress both character and gifting. We will love you through any situation you may be going through.

Connie and I have two married children, Paul and Rachel, and two grandchildren. They have taught me a lot about life and about God's love for us. I've spiritually "adopted" many others as well. Some have moved on, and others have settled here.

Our passion is to see men and women grow into their full potential. I'm on the journey myself, and I invite you to join me and other caring people at the Lighthouse.


Geary Barrett - Elder

Geary and Shelly Barrett have served as Deacons, Childrens' Ministers, Youth Leaders, and just about anywhere there is a need! Geary speaks plainly and prophetically, and he has become a trusted "mouthpiece" for God at the Lighthouse. He and his wife, Shelly, have two children at home. He currently works at the U.S. Postal Service.

David Harper - Elder

David Harper is a teacher charged by Ephesians 4 to train and prepare the church body to be strong and effective in their individual and corporate ministries. He and his wife, Vicki, are members of the Lighthouse prayer team, and Vicki is active in mentoring and praying for young women at the Lighthouse.

David and Vicki served as deacons at the Lighthouse, and have short-term missions experience in Europe.

Some of David's ministry experience includes:
- 15 years volunteer in prison ministry group
- served as an ordained deacon at two area churches
- served on mission board for large church
- served on board of directors for an independent prison ministry
- served on board of directors for large Christian school

David and Vicki Harper have been married over 40 years, with three married, adult daughters and four grandchildren.


Jason Watson - Family Life Pastor

We have been attending the Lighthouse Midlothian for14 years and have three amazing children. Jennifer has been a teacher for 16 years and will complete her Masters Degree in Education in December of 2017. She is currently serving as a Reading Interventionist for a local school district.

I (Jason) have a Doctoral degree in Counseling, a Master of Science Degree in Counseling Psychology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Youth Ministries. I am Licensed in the state of Texas as a Professional Counselor (LPC) and am a Registered Play Therapist as well. Besides working at the Lighthouse, I have the privilege of being an adjunct faculty member at Christ For The Nations Institute in Dallas, Tx as well as doing psychological consultations for county, US Marshall and Immigration and Customs and Enforcement agencies.

We believe wholeheartedly that God wants wants to use young people to make a difference in their community. This is why we believe God has given us a  passion for children to experience God’s presence in their life  so that they can be effective witnesses in both their school and their homes. 


Caitlin Thompson - Worship Pastor

Caitlin has been leading worship for over 10 years in churches, youth groups, as well as all over Florida for conferences with her dad, a Kingdom Evangelist, Clay Runnels. She has experience with recording studios and touring with a worship band.

Her heart is for missions/travel, raising up confident and excellent leader who know their identity in Christ, and prophetic worship over cities and nations.

Caitlin has a Bachelors Degree from Christ for the Nations Institute in Leadership of Youth Ministry as well as an Advanced Studies in Worship Ministry. She just celebrated 5 years of marriage with David.

She also has been teaching guitar, piano, bass, and vocals for 8 years and loves every minute of it. She is currently  working a 3rd job of barista at the Lighthouse Coffee Bar.

Rhys & Lauren Remar - Youth Pastors

We're Rhys and Lauren Remar, both Christ for the Nations Institute graduates. Rhys graduated from the New Testament Leadership (previously the Pastoral Major), while Lauren graduated from the Youth Major.

We both have worked with international youth groups in Japan, India and the Philippines. Lauren has been on staff with Youth for the Nations summer camp in Dallas, and  Mission Adventures with YWAM Vegas. Rhys has been involved with the Lighthouse youth group since he was 14.

We both have a strong desire to see middle and high schoolers develop their personal faith and trust in Christ, through discipleship, in order to face the challenges of college and life thereafter.

We meet every Wednesday night at 7pm, and hope to see you there!