Leadership

Lead Pastor Search

For questions related to leadership, and ongoing pastor search, please contact the Board of Overseers.

Interim Pastor

Phil Oswald is currently our “Bridge” or interim pastor. Here’s a little of his backstory in his own words:

“What a wonderful privilege to get to be at Lighthouse right now. I get to follow in the gracious footsteps of Pastor Don. He not only taught and modeled beautiful Christian community for the Lighthouse family, his influence extends to all of West Sacramento! That’s why it makes sense that now his parish is actually much larger. And those are big sandals to step into!

Stepping into this role right as COVID-19 hit fits me pretty well. Having served several years prior as the Senior Pastor of Delhi International Christian Fellowship in New Delhi, taught keen lessons and habits of flexibility and curiosity for when you’re trying to lead in an environment that is chaotic and unsettling. It was true for being in India then, and true for life here right now!

Before India, not only did I lead a congregation in the beautiful Seattle area, I had the delight of being the founding pastor for Sun Grove Community Church in Elk Grove, CA for almost 20 years. It is a high-energy congregation whose passion is to help their friends and families find meaningful relationships with God through their ministries involving the arts, careful teaching, and discipleship.

Since returning from India, along with getting to work with lovely congregations like Lighthouse, I teach several courses each semester at William Jessup University as an adjunct professor and lead a thoroughly fun and fascinating ministry of outreach and discipleship with group spread out through Sacramento called “City Villages”.

My dear wife is Lee Ann. She’s not just a good sport about being married to a person in vocational ministry. According to most people who know us, they “put up with me because they adore Lee Ann!” I think that’s fair.

We have two sons and their families who now each live with 7-8 minutes of us. After living spread out and in different parts of the world from each other, it’s wonderful to have our sons, gifted daughters-in-law, and soon to be five grandchildren all close.

Finally, to understand us is to know that living abroad gave us a bad case of the wanderlust. Mixing it up with new cultures, tasting new foods, and getting lost in new cities jump starts our curiosity. So, we’re always hungry and hungry for more!”

Anthony Mendoza, Worship Pastor

I am honored and privileged to get to be the guy who plays music for God’s kingdom! One of the greatest feelings in the world is to look out and see the Holy Spirit moving in the hearts of my church friends and family as we worship together! It’s funny. I spent my teens and twenties playing in bands and touring the country, and NEVER would have imagined playing in church. I thought being a worship leader was something you do if you’re not good enough to cut it in the music industry! Man, I was wrong.

It’s a long story, but I spent most of my twenties fighting depression, addictions, and doubting the Lord. One day He opened my eyes and restored my faith. Actually, He made Himself so real to me that I could no longer deny his existence. He had won me over, and saved me from myself! I was filled with so much joy, I couldn’t think of anything BUT worshiping Him and serving Him! From then on, all I’ve wanted to do was share my love for praising God with others.

I am sharing life with my beautiful wife, Amanda, who has blessed me with three angels: my daughters, Emery and Ellis, and my son, Eisley! Together, we pray for God’s guidance as we learn and re-learn to love others and one another more every day!

Board of Overseers

The Board of Overseers provides oversight and protection of the church body, shepherds its members, and ensures that the ministry fulfills its core mission. Overseers are entrusted with the responsibility to help develop strategy, monitor performance, ensure church financial accountability, make decisions about policies and procedures, appoint the pastor and ministers, and give counsel to the staff as needed.

Overseers are chosen by church members as those who demonstrate Christian character and spiritual discernment. They are nominated by a committee of members at large and voted on by the membership of the congregation. Board members can serve up to three consecutive two-year terms.

The current board is pictured below, named left to right:
Kim Dees (President), Alex Mihov (Treasurer), Jim Ramsey (Secretary), Rick Lynch, Mike Dighton, Joe Comisky, and Rob Hughes.