With the forceful current of constant change sweeping over every part of our lives, people have the need to connect with something enduring and firm. We believe Christ designed the church to fulfill that need by representing an eternal kingdom and ageless truth.
Come visit this brand new church on the Eastern Shore. At Lighthouse you will experience community, find purpose, and understand truth. You will enjoy inspiring music, helpful teaching and preaching, friendly people, and a place where you feel welcome and at home!
Andrew & Jennie Tewell
Andrew has lived on the Gulf Coast of Alabama for 20+ years after moving here to help his family start Lighthouse Baptist in Theodore. He knew at a young age he wanted to be in the ministry and has dedicated his adult life to serving in the church.
Andrew and Jennie knew each other in high school as their schools competed in sports but they did not begin dating until college. After college they immediately began serving at the Theodore campus where they have been for 13 years. Throughout their ministry Andrew has served in almost every area of the church including student ministry, school administration, and most recently couples ministry and church administration. Before having children Jennie served in the media department at the church.
They have 3 beautiful girls, Ashlyn, Caelyn and Lauryn. Jennie is an entrepreneur at heart and has owned and operated several business with multiple employees. They have always loved the Eastern Shore and look forward to sharing the love of Christ within this community. Andrew will serve as the main communicator and lead pastor at the Eastern Shore Campus.
Kurt was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he was saved at the age of twelve and surrendered to work in ministry under his pastor’s leadership. He met his wife Julianne while in college studying for the ministry and they were married in 2013.
Shortly after being married, they spent a year in Wenzhou, China on a missions team volunteering to teach English and work in house churches.
After their year in China, Kurt accepted a job at his home church, Gospel Light Baptist Church, and has been serving as Children’s Pastor and Grade School Teacher for almost six years. Julianne has operated her own music studio as a piano teacher and also served as a musician in the church’s worship ministry and kid’s ministries. They now have two children, Natalie and Grayson.
Kurt and Julianne enjoy traveling, spending time with family, and being outdoors. Please pray for them as they transition from New Mexico to here in the deep south. Kurt and Julianne will oversee the family and worship ministry here at Lighthouse Eastern Shore.
The story of Lighthouse Baptist Church is best described by Psalm 118:23: “This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.”
In 2000, Theodore Heights Baptist Church consisted of 8 people that were meeting weekly in an old outdated building. The church was getting closer to closing its doors. The spirit of the few remaining families was hopeful. They wanted to see God work in their church and community!
In June of that summer, a young preacher, Randy Tewell, came to candidate at the church not thinking Alabama was the place for his family. But God had other plans.
After his visit in June, the 8 members of the church voted unanimously to call Randy Tewell to be their pastor. Within just a few days of praying, the Tewell’s surrendered to the call with no doubt that it was God’s will for their future. They left a comfortable ministry position, packed up their belongings, and invested all of their personal savings into coming to Theodore even though the church could offer no salary.
During his first week in Theodore, Pastor Tewell began laboring diligently to get the church back on its feet. He knocked on hundreds of doors every week, repaired the church building, and preached God’s Word with conviction. In a short time, it was clear to see that God was beginning to bless the faith and sacrifice.
As we meet on the Theodore campus each week, we thank the Lord for the church He has raised up here in the Mobile area. As we gather to worship the Lord on Sundays, every corner of our facilities is being used to teach and minister to people of all ages, walks of life, and nationalities.
While our church has grown and now includes multiple campuses the spirit of the church family is the same as it was when it began. We love God and each other, and we genuinely want God to continue blessing and multiplying the cause of Christ through our church.
Today, the Lighthouse Baptist Church is a thriving testimony that God is still in the business of changing lives! Words could not describe God’s goodness in this place, and all of the glory belongs to Him! The lives changed, the families rescued, and the victories won have all been by God’s amazing grace! To Him be all the glory for His wonderful works at Lighthouse Baptist Church!