Staff

 Senior Pastor: Troy Kaufman    

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  I began serving full time in ministry in March of 2005 and was ordained on December 31, 2015. I have served the Lighthouse Church as Senior Pastor since April 1, 2013. I have also served in the Marine Corp from 91-95, and was a volunteer firefighter for 9 years. I have served as President on Community and Family Services Advisory Council Board, Blackford County United Way Board, and the Hartford City Chamber of Commerce Board. I love this City!
       Currently, I am an Indiana Wesleyan University student working toward a degree in Business and Christian Counseling. My wife, Jennifer, and I reside in Hartford City. We have been married since December 11, 1993 and have three girls: Kristin (husband Dustin Stinnett), Katie, and Kassidy.

Children's Director: Jennifer Kaufman (pictured above)  

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   I have served as the Children's Ministry Director for The Lighthouse Church since March 2005, and am a 1994 graduate of Blackford High School. I have a heart for children and a desire to live my life as a "living letter" (2 Corinthians 3:2-3). I also direct our annual Easter program as well as the annual Vacation Bible School held each summer. 

Administrative Assistant: Kristin Whitesell 

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   I joined The Lighthouse Church as a member in 2005. I was the administrative assistant for The Lighthouse from 2006-2008.  I rejoined the team as the church’s administrative assistant again in October 2014. I perform several different administrative tasks, as well as being in the office to assist my fellow church family members and members of our community. I have been married to Paul Whitesell for 17 yrs. I have two sons Derek and Braden and a beautiful granddaughter, Piper. My husband has been a lifelong resident of Blackford County and I have lived in Hartford City for 15 yrs.

Youth Pastor: Jonathan Emrick

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   While I just started full-time ministry in 2016 at The Lighthouse, I have been serving in ministry as a volunteer for over 10 years. I recently graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a degree in Christian Ministry. I am a Buckeye, born and raised in Columbus, OH. I married my beautiful wife, Casi, in 2014, and God has blessed us with a beautiful daughter, Abigail. I am continually blessed to serve Christ and the church alongside my family. Casi is an amazing social worker, and is currently working for Adoption Connections in Muncie, IN. 

Worship Pastor: Brian and Cheryl Romine

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We have been married 47 years and have three sons, Brett, Andrew, and Lee. We are also blessed with four grandsons, Brayden, Brenner, Neel, and Lucien. We have been saved, baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit since 1971. Some of our past and current assignments are; Worship Leaders, Youth Directors, Evangelists, Missionaries, and Jail/Prison Ministry. Our current God assignment began January 2015 as Worship Pastors here at The Lighthouse Church 

 Women's Ministry Director: Linda Fights

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   My husband Ronnie and I have been active members of The Lighthouse Church since 2009. I currently lead the umbrella of Women's Ministries at Lighthouse, and lead the Preteen class on Sunday mornings. Prior to joining The Lighthouse, I was the Office manager/Administrative Assistant at New Hope UMC in Elkhart Indiana for 13 years. I have always enjoyed serving in Prayer, Children, Youth, Outreach, and Women's Ministries regardless of the church I belong to. I have a degree in Business & Administrative Science from Emory University. Together Ronnie and I have 5 children, 8 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.  

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