By Richard Rourk
If you have attended church at Lighthouse Baptist Church on 2539 Zane Whitson Drive lately you will notice a new pastor.
Pastor Aaron McLain is bringing a new message to the congregation. He recently told The Erwin Record that he hopes to have more leadership from within the church to spread the message.
McLain’s vision for the church involves growing the church going forward, in both numbers and in spiritual strength. One of the ways they are reaching out into the community is through the youth.
McLain stressed the importance of transportation in order to be able to go out and pick up those who may not have the means to get to church. The church currently has two full-sized vans to bring in those who may not be able to drive.
Another program being utilized to reach the youth, is the church’s affiliation with the Awana Club. The church holds weekly Awana Club meetings on Wednesdays from 6:40 p.m. until 8 p.m. There is also a service for adults on Wednesdays starting at 6:40 p.m.
McLain also said he hopes to one day build onto the beautiful church and expand. One expansion he is eyeing in the future is an addition of a gym on site to help grow the church.
Like most Christians, McLain said he had a calling. It came when he was younger and his family was doing mission work in Mexico. The Lord has been in control ever since, McLain said.
Not only is McLain the full-time pastor at Lighthouse Baptist Church, he is also a full-time devoted husband to Maria. He is a father to Ellie, Kaleb, Micah and Korbyn. In addition, he is a high school Spanish teacher at David Crockett High School and currently has a bus route.
When asked how he does it all, he responds, “It’s not me doing it, I’m being led.”
Bringing in the lost is a major area of concern for McLain. He said he hopes to reach those who do not know God. He also envisions one day the possibility of offering an afternoon service for the Spanish-speaking community. It’s ideas like these that give McLain hope that big things are on the horizon for Lighthouse Baptist Church.
If you have the opportunity, drop by one of their Wednesday evening services or visit Sunday School, which begins at 10 a.m. You can also attend their Sunday Service starting at 11 a.m.