Meet Our Staff

Pastor Tom Lemmons

Senior Pastor
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Tom Lemmons was born on April 28, 1968 to Dale and Kathy Lemmons in Dover, New Hampshire.  When his dad’s enlistment to the Navy was finished, Tom’s family moved to Washington state.  Tom Lemmons was invited by a neighbor to ride a Sunday School bus to Riverview Baptist Church in Pasco, WA.  At age six he trusted Christ as his Savior and, thru his desire to be baptized, his dad and grandfather came to church and were saved.  While attending Riverview, Tom developed a heart for God and the ministry by serving with his family in the bus ministry and going door knocking with the youth group.  During a national youth conference, Tom was called to preach at the age of thirteen, under the preaching of  Dr. Jack Hyles.

Tom Lemmons attended Maranatha Baptist Bible College in Watertown, Wisconsin.  It was there that he met his future wife, Dawn.  Following his Sophomore year, Tom spent his summer break as a youth pastor in Clarkston, Michigan.  Upon college graduation Tom became the youth pastor for First Baptist Church in Watseka, Illinois.  In May of 1992 Tom and Dawn were married and the Lord called them to serve under the ministry of Dr. Dean Noonan in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Tom was a Sunday school superintendant, Christian school teacher, athletic director, head basketball coach, and bus captain.

In 1996, Pastor Lemmons felt the Lord calling him to start a church in the Northwest, so he took a survey trip to Montana.  During this trip Pastor Lemmons knew God wanted him in Missoula, MT.  After a year of deputation, the Lemmons’ moved to Missoula.  The Grand Opening service for Lighthouse Baptist Church was on April 15, 1998.  The Lord has tremendously blessed and has brought many faithful laborers to help in building this work for Him.  Lighthouse Baptist Church is a light set on a hill in Missoula, MT.

Since coming to Missoula, the Lord has graciously blessed Tom and Dawn with three sons: Dylan, Nathan and Benjamin.

Pastor Derek Loewen

Assistant Pastor
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Born in Missoula, Montana in July of 1979, Derek Loewen grew up in a good home with parents who worked hard to provide for their family.  As a young boy, they spent much of their family time in the outdoors.  They did many great activities, but church was not one of them.

He heard the gospel for the first time when a friend invited him to ride the bus to Sunday School at Florence Baptist Church in Florence, Montana.  That day, after hearing the word of God preached for the very first time, he bowed his head and heart to Jesus Christ and trusted Him as his personal Savior.  After this, his family was also saved and became members of that church.  They attended for about 2 years and then dropped out of church.

For the next 4 years, he did not darken the doors of a church.  Sports became his idol, but gave him no peace.  He quickly slipped into a destructive lifestyle as he was searching for answers in all the wrong places.  A friend persistently invited him back to church and it was there he repented of his backsliding and received clear direction and purpose.  One month later, God moved on Derek’s heart to give his life to preach His Word.

In 1999, he went to Crown College in Powell, TN to prepare for the ministry.  It was here where God proved Himself to Derek, increasing his faith.  He graduated with a degree in Pastoral Ministry in May 2003.  It was also while working in the inner city bus ministry of Temple Baptist Church in Powell that he met his future wife, Rebecca.  They were married in June of 2004.  In February of 2012, God once again granted the desires of their hearts when He blessed their home with a son, Jadon Matthias.