Lighthouse Baptist celebrates 10th anniversary

By Barbara Grider
Staff Writer
Posted 4/25/07

LOXLEY — Lighthouse Baptist Church on County Road 64 in Loxley will celebrate its 10th anniversary April 29 and the Rev. Wesley Enfinger, founding pastor of the church, said the day will be spend celebrating and honoring those who have helped make …

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Lighthouse Baptist celebrates 10th anniversary

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LOXLEY — Lighthouse Baptist Church on County Road 64 in Loxley will celebrate its 10th anniversary April 29 and the Rev. Wesley Enfinger, founding pastor of the church, said the day will be spend celebrating and honoring those who have helped make the church a reality.

The little brick church building, known as Rosinton Road Baptist Church, had seen its membership dwindle to just 17 before it was reorganized in 1997, when Enfinger took over as pastor. A few years ago, the name was changed to Lighthouse Baptist Church.

Angel Crane, who is the church secretary/treasurer, and also Enfinger’s daughter, said, “Nobody knew where Rosinton Road was anymore so we changed the name,” she said.

Crane said the church uses the King James version of the Bible and also sings many of the old, traditional hymns during the worship services. Enfinger said the church now has over 600 members, many of whom were seeking a more “old-fashioned” church in which to worship.

Enfinger is a third-generation minister. His father, F.L. Enfinger of Cantonment, Fla., is pastor of Ray’s Chapel Baptist Church in McDavid, Fla., and his maternal grandfather, the late C.D. Fant, was also a minister.

The little church has grown and prospered through the dedication of Enfinger and the members, Crane said.

A day care center was established in February of 2006 after more families joined the church there was a need for a Christian day care for their children.

In September of 2006, Lighthouse Academy opened with 11 students in grades K5 through 10.

“The school has gotten off to a really good start. We have three kindergartners graduating this year,” Crane said.

Since 2001, the church has held Sunday services at Robertsdale HealthCare Center, which gives the residents an opportunity to worship and enjoy the fellowship of other Christians without having to leave the facility, Crane said.

They also have a prison ministry that spans six states and a radio ministry can be heard on two local broadcasts. The church has also sponsored two mission trips to Mexico.

“This little country church has accomplished a lot,” Enfinger said.

On Sunday, April 29, the celebration will begin with Sunday morning worship services, which will be conducted by the Rev. Dan Lowery, who was ordained by Lighthouse Baptist Church and now pastors a church in Seminary, Miss.

Following the morning worship service, lunch will be served in the fellowship hall. “We are having the meat catered by L.A. Barbecue and the ladies will bring the side dishes and the desserts. We have a lot of wonderful cooks among our ladies, so I know it will all be good,” Crane said, with a laugh.

During the evening service, a DVD, showing scenes from the past 10 years, will be played. Crane said there will be a nursery available for children at both services.

Although Enfinger will be recuperating from major surgery, he said he plans to be on hand for the celebration and to see the many former members who plan to attend.

“The Lord has truly blessed this little church in the past 10 years,” Enfinger said.