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Lighthouse Baptist Church
Lighthouse Parishioners celebrate 


GLOUCESTER CITY NJ--On March 10, 2013 Lighthouse Baptist Church celebrated 20 years of ministry to the Gloucester City, Camden area with a big HOMECOMING ANNIVERSARY DAY.   Dr. Fred Schindler of Darlington Maryland, who was instrumental in helping to start the church, was the guest preacher and the Sweitzer Family from Secane, PA provided special music. The Lord provided excellent weather, the attendance was excellent and the church enjoyed a fantastic day.  


Dr. Fred Schindler
After the morning service all in attendance enjoyed a "Dinner-On-The-Grounds" with a huge assortment of homemade food, truly a feast to be seen!   Everyone had more than their fill and the bounty was delicious.  During the morning service, Miss Cathleen Darigo, of Philadelphia joined the church by baptism and in the evening service, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Elder (Bob & Becky) joined the church by Believer’s baptism. 


Pastor Doster, the church’s Founder addressed the packed to capacity crowd and said, “ Our challenge now remains to launch out for the next 20 years and build upon the foundation laid, and reach more souls for Christ - the work is NOT DONE!!!”

Lighthouse Baptist Church was started in 1993 when Pastor Jim Doster moved his family from the farm country of Middleburg, Florida to start the church from “scratch” with 8 people who asked him to come and be their Pastor.  These people became the nucleus for the only Independent, Fundamental, non-denominational Baptist Church in the area.  The church was located at 301 Nicholson Road, acoss from the Gloucester Heights Fire Hall in an old Methodist church building.

 The Sweitzer Family from Secane, PA 
  For the first 6 months, while his family was still in Florida, Pastor Doster lived in the church basement, sleeping on a foam rubber cushion and knocking on doors 6-8  hours a day to build the church.  In the evenings, the Preacher, along with a small army of volunteers labored to remodel and renovate the old church building on Nicholson Rd.


By Easter of 1996, the church had grown and it became obvious that the Nicholson Road property would no longer suit the needs of the congregation.  On Easter Sunday – 1996, there we 220 in attendance with only ONE TOILET!!!! 

The search for a new building went into high gear.  By December of 1996, the church closed on the current property at 811 Market Street, which at the time was actively functioning as Gloucester Auto Parts.  It took the men and women of the church nearly 10 months to complete the gutting and rebuilding of the first floor of the building but finally the Grand Opening came and Pastor Doster lead the congregation as they walked from the old church to their new home.  It was a great day with many dignitaries on the scene, including Mayor Bob Gorman who assisted

Miss Jordan Rough, Gloucester City.
in the ribbon cutting ceremony.


Pastor Doster said, 'Today, the church continues to grow as we are currently building 6 more classrooms on the second floor.  Each week we see people receiving Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour and our Reformers Unanimous Addictions Recovery Program, which meets at 7 PM each Friday is seeing great results in helping men and women win the victory with struggles in their personal lives.  Lighthouse has come a long way in 20 years but there remains a lot of work yet to be done.  In an era where young people are looking for reality and relevance and older folks are looking for a church they can trust not to change standards or doctrine, Lighthouse stands as a beacon, beaming Gods light – a Lighthouse, founded upon the Rock which will not move, cannot move."