Pastor Bruce Burkett
Bruce was born and raised in Martinsville, Indiana. He recieved his early education in several different settings including public school, home school, and Christian school. On October 15, 1999, at nine years of age he trusted Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour. God began to work in his heart as a young man about serving the Lord in fulltime service as a preacher. In July of 2007, he surrendered to God’s calling on his life to become a preacher of the Gospel.
Following God’s calling on his life, he enrolled in Bible College to begin training for the ministry. During his sophomore year of college, he transfered to West Coast Baptist College where he completed his college education and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Evangelism.
On June 2, 2012, he married his college sweetheart, Emily, and they began their early ministry together in Smyrna, Tennessee where Pastor Bruce served as a Youth Pastor. On March 6, 2014, God blessed the Burkett family with a baby girl, who they named, Hattie Jane.
In the Spring of 2014, God began to work in his heart about becoming a senior pastor. In June of that same year, he recieved an invitation to come preach at the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Cortez, Colorado. After fulfilling that engagement, and being able to fellowship with the Lighthouse Baptist Church family, God united his heart with that church, and confirmed that he was leading the Burkett family to transition their ministry to Cortez, Colorado. On August 17, 2014, the membership of Lighthouse Baptist Church voted to recieve Pastor Burkett as our new Pastor and has been faithfully serving in this ministry since then.
At 15 years of age, Caleb attended a revival and trusted Jesus Christ as his Lord and personal Saviour. Later that same year, Caleb attended Hoosier Hills Baptist Youth Camp in Dillsboro, Indiana and there surrendered to God’s calling on his life to become a preacher of the Gospel.
He enrolled in Bible college at Grace Baptist College in Gaylord, Michigan to begin training for the ministry. He attended from August 2009 to May 17, 2013, when he completed his college education and graduated with a Bachelor of Biblical Studies Degree in Pastoral Theology.
On September 7, 2013, he married his college sweetheart, Amber, and they began to search for God’s will for their life. They moved to Washington, Iowa to lead the youth at Suburban Heights Baptist Church. On November 15, 2016, God blessed them with a baby boy, who they named, Grayson Andrew Adkins.
In the summer of 2017, he answered the call to work with Lighthouse Baptist Church in Cortez, Colorado as the Youth Director.
Ken and Heather Tarr and their family began attending Lighthouse Baptist Church in the fall of 2007 and became a part of our membership in 2010. Heather joined our church staff in the winter of 2012, serving primarily as secretary to our Lead Pastor. She also serves as the Human Resources Director and Financial Administrator.
Stan and Sheila Sparks began attending Lighthouse Baptist Church in 2015. They have four children (2 of which are married) and three grandsons. Sheila began serving in the Academy in 2016 as a paraprofessional and moved into Church Secretary in 2019.
Jenny came onto the staff of our church in August of 2016. She serves alongside her husband, Bill, and her three children – Taylor, Erin, and Ian. She is a wonderful addition to our church staff, gifted in both secretarial and administrative helps.