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HISTORY

Rome wasn't built in a day -

 neither were we.

The Church you see is built on over 25 years

of God's faithfulness.

Through many hurdles, we owe where we are today to the 

faithfulness of God and many in the church.

Our heartfelt prayer through the years remains the same.

To see lives transformed through the power of Christ.

To see heaven touch the earth.

1956

ELIM CHORLTON FOUNDED

 

The first pastor was Jack Glass, father of Pastor John Glass who became superintendent of Elim Church GM & Ireland.

In his youth, John lived in Salford.

1986

PAUL & MAGS MARRIED

 

On May 10th 1986 Paul & Mags Hallam were married in Southport. Shortly after, they came to Chorlton, Manchester to lead Elim Pentecostal Church Chorlton. The church at this time comprised 16 adults and 3 children. 

1987

THE VISION

 

Pastor Paul and Mags were stood outside Victoria station one day in 1987. A poster of a sea of tulips caught their eye. In that moment The Lord gave them vision for 'The Lighthouse'.

1991

THE LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTIAN

CENTRE

 

True to God's promise, in 1991 Elim Chorlton outgrows its building and builds a new purpose-built church on Sandy Lane Chorlton.

1993

JUSTIN & JO MARKS

 

They moved to Manchester and joined our leadership team. Jo & Justin have 2 children - Danny & Tom.

1993

FIRST ALL NATIONS DAY

 

Celebrating our culture and diversity.

1993

ROMANIAN MISSION BEGINS

 

Pastor Paul & Mags discovered their heart for a mission after being called to Romania at the end of the Nicolae Ceausescu dictatorship. After seeing the conditions in which orphans were left by the state. They began missionary work in many parts of the country which continues to this day.

1995

RICHARD & PETRA CLARE

 

While Petra grew up in the house, Richard came in 1995. Richard spent many years as the youth pastor to a growing youth group. They are now children's pastors heading Lightforce. ( Sunday children's ministry) 

They have 3 kids - Oscar, Aiko & Josie

 

 

1995

CASA NOASTRA CHILDRENS HOME

 

Taking in a handful of abandoned and orphaned children. Giving them a safe and loving childhood with great prospects. 

 

1996

INDIAN MINISTRY BEGIN

 

Paul & Mags are called to India. They organise and outreach which sees tens of thousands come to Christ- starting ministry all over the country. These include two children's homes, Bethany children's home in Erode, Tamil Nadu and Lighthouse Goa. Also, a ministry in Bangalore that takes care of widowed women.

 

 

2000

LCC BUILDING EXTENDED

 

As numbers continued to grow, LCC Chorlton building is extended and opens its extension in November 2000.

 

 

2006

ALEX & NANCY ROBERTSON

 

They move to Manchester and lead our growing set of Connect Groups in and around Manchester.

They have 3 kids- Jesse, Rachel, Joshua

 

2007

DELE & DUMEBI ODERINDE

 

Arrive in Manchester and now lead Powercell prayer teams and Powerhouse.

2007

JESSE WILLIS

 

Son of Alex and Nancy, Jesse is now our Youth and Young Adult Pastor. He studied at Elim Bible College.

 

2010

MOVE TO CENTENARY PARK, ECCLES

 

By 2010 the Church had completely outgrown the Chorlton premises and subsequently, the Church, LIM and its offices moved to the Media City UK area starting services in September 2010. The Church was now at roughly 400-500 people attending weekly. 

2016

THE LIGHTHOUSE'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY

TODAY

We are a thriving community of over 40 nations.

We continue to see people growing and being awakened to their full potential in Christ.

We are far from done.

Paul has just finished writing 'The Rubicon.' An account of 28 years of the ministry building The Lighthouse Church and LIM in Africa, India and Romania. A personal book showing the leaps and bounds of life and highlighting the faithfulness and power of God.

100% of profits go to aid LIM global projects​