A recently renovated shopping center at 221 W. Main Ave. in
Morgan Hill contains a surprise. Behind some nondescript glass
doors lies a cavernous room dedicated to serving the youth of
A recently renovated shopping center at 221 W. Main Ave. in Morgan Hill contains a surprise. Behind some nondescript glass doors lies a cavernous room dedicated to serving the youth of Morgan Hill.
In 1998, John and Aleene Edwards felt God’s call to minister to local youth. The result was Lighthouse Outreach Center, a facility that houses an amazing array of services and equipment available to adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18.
The center is open from 6pm to 8pm Tuesday through Thursday and from 6pm to 10pm Friday. Inside the building, which can legally hold nearly 1,000 people, teens find tempting attractions such as PlayStation 2, table soccer, networked computers for video games, indoor handball and basketball courts, and pool and pingpong tables.
A stage at one end is covered with musical instruments, and in front of it is a dance floor and sound booth.
A refreshment center provides free food and beverages, and some tables hold mounds of donated clothing. All of this is free of charge through this Christian ministry. For several years, the youth center existed solely to provide a safe, drug-free environment for socializing, entertainment, counseling, sports tournaments and homework, with Friday nights devoted to concerts by wholesome teen bands and various activities.
Almost two years ago, the leaders of the outreach decided to expand their vision. They noticed that the teens – and their parents who were introduced to Jesus Christ and saved – rarely took the next step of joining a local church.
It was decided that those being saved need a local fellowship; therefore, “under the direction of the Lord, the Lighthouse Christian Church was established to provide discipleship and encourage the growth of their Christian faith.”
The church’s senior pastor, the Rev. Shalea Adams, was ordained in 1998 and is currently completing a Master’s degree in global leadership through Fuller Theological Seminary. Originally from New Orleans, she holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and was planning to attend graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. in psychology.
However, after receiving an offer for graduate school, she felt called to ministry. Consequently, she declined her offer and began working in the church. Adams has been living in Morgan Hill for 10 years, and in 2001 she became the outreach director for Lighthouse. When Lighthouse’s outreach evolved into a church, she became its first pastor.
Her husband, the Rev. Chad Brendan Adams, is also very active in various church ministries, also while completing a degree at Bethany Bible College and holding down a secular job with Rebekah Children’s Services in Gilroy.
Lighthouse Christian Church has a busy schedule of weekly activities:
Outreach (for teens ages 12 to 18): 3pm to 8pm Tuesday through Thursday and 6pm to 10pm Friday
Day Star Dance Ministry & Acts Two Drama Group: 6pm to 7pm Thursday
Devotion in Motion Youth Group: 6pm to 7pm Wednesday
Adult Bible Study: 7pm to 8pm Thursday
Sunday worship: 11am to 12pm, followed by free meal and fellowship
Pastor Adams wants the community to know that the church exists to serve the people of Morgan Hill: “Our doors are open to share with and bless anyone who comes to us.,” he said.
For more information, call (408) 782-5111 or go to www.Lighthouse-Christian-Church.org.