Our Story


Those who have been part of the Lighthouse family for a while, as well as those who may be relatively new to Lighthouse, know that at the heart of the ministry of Lighthouse Community Church Nondenominational lies the desire to be faithful to God by proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our vision statement declares that “We exist to proclaim the reign of Jesus Christ over all things; glorifying and enjoying God, now and forever!” Because Jesus Christ is Lord, it is our mission and calling to make disciples of Jesus Christ as we live as disciples of Jesus Christ, revealing His Lordship over our lives and calling others to know, to love and to serve Him.


A revival began at First Reformed Church in Allendale early in this new century, as First Reformed Church became Lighthouse Community Church and a new building was erected as a mission base to reach out to the community of Allendale and West Michigan.  God began to gather a people for Himself from various life backgrounds and spiritual journeys  As we grew together around the Word of God, we found our oneness in the truth God has revealed through His Word and in His Son Jesus Christ. The Spirit of God made us ONE and continues to do so today.

Becoming Non-Denominational

Yet, as we grew together as a congregation, all things were not well. There was growing evidence that the denomination of which we had been a part for over ninety years was unwilling to stand firmly on the authority of Scripture by applying God’s truth to all areas of life. Alongside a growing sense of unease was an increasing awareness that denominationalism was dividing the body of Christ unnecessarily. God was teaching us about the oneness of His whole body and the meaning of what Jesus prayed for in John 17, that we are called to be ONE, as He and the Father are ONE. While many around us were seeking an outward unity that watered down God’s truth, we came to believe that the unity that Jesus came to establish was the unity of His Spirit around the truth of His Word and the very Gospel itself. 

After several attempts to voice our concerns at denominational gatherings, it became clear that God was calling us to come out of the denomination and to become what God had already made us: Lighthouse Community Church Nondenominational. Following a rather tumultuous series of meetings with denominational structures, we determined to file a petition to withdraw from the Reformed Church in America to become a nondenominational congregation and a member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. When our petition to withdraw was denied, the congregation voted overwhelmingly (almost 90%) to leave the RCA without their approval, understanding that such a decision may well cost us our building. Indeed, following our withdrawal on December 31st, 2011, the Zeeland Classis of the Reformed Church in America claimed our building and property as theirs.

Lighthouse Community Church, Non-Denominational came into existence!  Following our withdrawal and our filing of new Articles of Incorporation, the Zeeland Classis moved forward to take possession of the church building that had been erected in 2004 solely through the labor and gifts of the members of Lighthouse Community Church. After much prayer and seeking the Lord, the leadership of Lighthouse conveyed to the congregation our belief that it was not God’s will for us to enlist a lawyer and to go to court in an attempt to defend our claim to the building and property that had been our home. We communicated to the Zeeland Classis our willingness to vacate the building and over 95% of the existing active membership of the congregation did leave on June 3, 2012. 

God Provides & We Are Blessed

From the first Sunday of our “exile,” our Father in heaven has provided for our every need.  We began worshiping in the cafeteria of an elementary school, moving to two other locations over a period of six years.  Yet, already in the fall of 2012, just a few months after leaving our building, God showed us where He was leading ... to the property that is now our home:  7624 Lake Michigan Drive.
Just HOW God would provide was not clear, but that He would provide we had no doubt!  Plans for a new building began coming together in 2015 and construction on Phase #1, offices and classrooms, began in the summer of 2016.  We moved from our temporary office space and into our new offices and classrooms in February, 2017.  But God wasn’t finished!  He continued to open doors, and plans for Phase #2, the Worship Center, kitchen and additional restrooms, began and were completed in the summer of 2017.  Through the generosity and skill of members of the congregation, the preparations for an expanded parking lot and preparation on the new building site began before the final plans were even approved, and construction began in late fall of 2017, less than a year after the completion of Phase #1. 

In November and December Leadership decided to begin worshiping in our own building, in the classrooms God had already provided.  We are currently meeting in the classrooms, in two large rooms that seat 100 people each, another room that seats about 60 and four other smaller rooms that seat 30 people each.  This “arrangement” is not ideal, yet it has stimulated refreshing fellowship and a sense of anticipation as we watch the new worship center being built just outside the windows!!  We anticipate moving into the new worship center in early summer, Lord willing (He controls the weather!!!).

Our Thanksgiving to God and Our Invitation to YOU!

In all things and at all times we thank our Father in heaven for His love and grace to His people, and to us as a part of Christ’s Body, the Church.  While it is our desire to be faithful in all things, we know we are not the “perfect church.”  We do believe, however, that those in whom the Spirit of God is working are searching for spiritual food, for truth that doesn’t change with each new idea about “God” or the latest spiritual “fad” or insight.  You can read our Statement of Belief and find out that we are a “Reformation” church, a body of believers who stand on the unchanging truth of God’s Word as revealed in the Bible.  We know that there is but one message that has been entrusted to the Church to proclaim to the world for the salvation of all who believe, and that one message is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the one and only Savior and Mediator between God and man. 
If you are reading this and are searching for a place where you and/or you and your family can grow as disciples of Jesus Christ, we invite you to join us in worship, to hear and see what God is doing in our midst, and to be a part of His calling to build up the Body of Christ.  It is our desire to partner with all who proclaim this one true Gospel and who stand with us on God’s unchanging Word.  In all things and at all times, to GOD be the glory!