Lighthouse Worship Center COGIC

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Mission

To glorify God by helping believers love the Lord God with all their soul and might (Deuteronomy 6:4-5, Matthew 22:36-38, 1 John 4:7-21). Bringing them to maturity and unity (Ephesians 4:11-16, Colossians 1:24-29, St. John 17:20-26) that the world may believe God sent his son Jesus Christ (John 17:20-26, 2 Corinthians 5:17-21).

Purpose

To exalt the name of Jesus Christ through individual and corporate worship. To equip the Saints for the works of the ministry through instructions so the body may grow in the knowledge of the Son of God to become mature disciples and to fulfill the measure of the statue which belongs to the fullness of Christ, to edify one another through constant fellowship, encouragement and support.

In 1992, Lighthouse Worship Center Church of God in Christ was created from a divine and miraculous plan God gave to Pastor Jimmie Williams for the people in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  While Pastor Williams was traveling on a Ft. Lauderdale highway, the Lord spoke to him and he was inspired to name the church Lighthouse Worship Center Church of God In Christ, with the motto:  “When you come to the Lighthouse, you come to the Right House!”  After its creation, the young church shared in worship services at Calvary Chapel Church of God in Christ in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Elder Phillip Hall, Pastor.  While at Calvary Chapel, Lighthouse was in search of two things: 1) the will of God and 2) a place to call home.

After fourteen months, God provided a church home.  It was a bay, located in a professional plaza, off Commercial Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale.  After the first year of worship, the Lord sent Mother Mary E. Brown.  Pastor Williams appointed Mother Brown as Church Mother.   In August 1998, the Lord spoke to Superintendent Rufus Williams, Pastor of Williams Temple Church of God in Christ, to retire from pastoring Williams Temple.  After much prayer, the Lord confirmed His word.  Superintendent Rufus Williams heeded to the voice of the Lord and he contacted Pastor Jimmie Williams, the person the Lord had chosen. Superintendent Rufus Williams approached Pastor Williams and asked if he would be interested in moving the congregation of Lighthouse Worship Center to Williams Temple Church of God in Christ.  Jurisdictional Bishop Cohen approved the transition, and in August 1998, Lighthouse Worship Center merged with Williams Temple and they became one church body.

The church building is just the beginning. The vision God has given Pastor Williams stretches beyond the walls of this present structure and into the communities of Fort Lauderdale.  Lighthouse Worship Center is a model church in Ft. Lauderdale.  Lighthouse Worship Center is an all-sufficient church, meeting the needs of the Fort Lauderdale community through its Out-reach and In-reach ministries.  This ministry is equipping its members to go into the highways and hedges and spread the good news of the gospel of salvation to the lost.

Lighthouse Worship Center is a body under the Church of God In Christ, Inc. organization.  Lighthouse Worship Center is housed under the North Miami District in the Florida Eastern Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction where Bishop Jimmie Williams is the jurisdictional prelate.

Bishop Jimmie L. Williams, D.Div.
Bishop Jimmie Williams was born on July 20, 1954 in Miami, Florida.  The sixth child born to Roosevelt Williams, Sr. and Willie Belle Williams, Bishop Williams is a native south Floridian where he received his formative education.  In addition to his formative education, he has also received a Bachelor of Religious Studies from the Maranatha School of Religious studies and an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree from the Saint Thomas University in Jacksonville, Florida.

It was during a revival in 1975 at the Macedonia Church of God in Christ in Miami, Florida Bishop Williams was saved.  In that same year he received the baptism of the Holy Ghost at a revival.  While serving faithfully at the Macedonia Church of God in Christ under the tutelage of Superintendent Paul Golatt, Sr, affectionately called Dad Golatt, Bishop Williams accepted the call of God on his life to preach the gospel.

In 1980, he was ordained an elder in the Church of God in Christ under the leadership of Bishop Jacob Cohen.  In 1989 he was appointed pastor of Saint Paul Church of God in Christ in Fort Lauderdale, Florida by Bishop Jacob Cohen.  He served at Saint Paul Church of God in Christ for three years until the Lord led him to establish his own ministry and gave him the name Lighthouse Worship Center Church of God in Christ.  Because of God’s favor, this spiritual leader moved from a store-front bay to the present location where the weekly attendance is over 500.

On November 9, 2014, Bishop Williams was consecrated as the Jurisdictional Prelate for the Florida Eastern Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ, overseeing 112 churches across the state of Florida.

Bishop Williams has earned the reputation of being a gifted, anointed teacher and preacher of the gospel and a great psalmist.  Not only is he a visionary, but also has a passion for the ministry.  Bishop Williams is dedicated to his church and is also active in service to the community with a deep passion for outreach ministries that extends beyond the boundaries of the church, such as the “Feeding South Florida” program.  Bishop Williams serves as the chaplain for Broward County Law Enforcement. Bishop Williams was also appointed Chairman of the South Florida chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in February of 2018.

Bishop Williams is the dedicated and devoted husband to Lady June Macklin Williams, and shares his life’s mission with their children, Jasmine (Cedric), Jimiris, Adrianna, Isaiah, Jizelle and grandson Ira McCall, IV.