Our Staff

  • artPassionate, gifted communicator, God-centered, fun, and expressive. As normal as your next door neighbor (but only if that's a good thing).

    Art will be the first to admit that Lighthouse is, and always has been, a team effort. His leadership has been key, however, in taking the church from a group of 30 with 1 staff member to a growing church of 1400 with 27 staff members. These days, he focuses on the areas in which he excels; giving LCC's fine pastoral leaders the freedom and encouragement to do what they do best without micromanaging.

    Art has written three books, all published by Multnomah Press: Praying With the One You Love; Weekend With the One You Love, and Quiet Times With the One You Love. Notice any themes here? Art has also contributed to a number of magazines, his most recent article appearing in PRAY magazine.

    Art received his Bachelors (B.A.) from University of Washington, his Masters (M.A.) from Western Evangelical Seminary in Portland, and his Doctorate from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois.

    Art and Naomi love to play bridge - the card game, not some weird form of bungee jumping. They have been taking ballroom dancing lessons since 2006. They also both love to read.

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  • paulEnergetic, passionate, loves the Lord, family man, compassionate, organized, and enthusiastic.

    Paul oversees a variety of ministries and is one of our teaching pastors. He assists Pastor Art in the overall ministry organization, coordination, and leadership development of the staff. His ministries include Ethos, Marriage Ministry, and Missions.

    Paul is married to his wife, April (1985), and has two daughters; Lauren (1989) and Catherine (1994). He and April enjoy doing premarital counseling and marriage mentoring together.

    Paul graduated from Geneva College in Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management and organizational Design. He also completed studies in music from the Dana School of Music. Paul has served in Bible Study Fellowship for 10 years as the Teaching Leader. He has spent 25 years in management and ownership in the restaurant industry.

    Paul completed his Masters of Theology and Biblical Studies at Western Theological Seminary in 2016.

    Paul has a heart for people and relationships, serving in various capacities over the years. He has passion and skills in teaching God's Word and helping others experience the transforming power of God's truths as they apply them in their lives.

    Paul is a seventh-generation pastor. He speaks Spanish and loves to cook.

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  • john carlsenAs the Pastor of Worship Ministry at Lighthouse, John’s deepest desire is to see God’s people worship Him with total abandon. He is passionate about teaching the Word and encouraging life-changing encounters with God through music and corporate worship. He is driven by God’s heart for the lost, hurting and needy, and loves to see Jesus transform lives.

    John is native to Puyallup, and after graduating from High School, attended Pacific Lutheran University where he met his lovely wife, Gabri, and graduated with a degree in Music Education. John is currently a graduate student at Western Seminary, where he is working toward the completion of a master's degree in Counseling Psychology.

    John has been working at Lighthouse since 2011 and has been the Pastor of Worship Ministry since 2016. He has been involved in worship ministry since he was in middle school, and has been involved in leading worship at Lighthouse for over a decade.
  • rogerCompassionate, passionate, hardworking, faithful, heart of a shepherd.

    Roger ministers part-time in the area of Congregational Care here at Lighthouse. His ministry focus includes Celebrate Recovery and Divorce Care. Roger spends much of his time helping people with physical, spiritual, financial or emotional needs.

    Roger met and married his wife, Connie, in 1972 while stationed at Pearl Harbor during the Viet Nam conflict. (Yes, Roger is a Navy man.) They have two grown children, Wendi and Tim. Tim lives in Seattle and works as a Regional Sales Manager for a Fitness organization. Wendi is married to Scott and they are Associate Pastors in Bremerton, WA, along with their four sons.

    After the military, during his 17 years of living in Hawaii, Roger went to University of Hawaii in Business Management. At the same time, he managed commercial and condominium properties for 12 new developments in Mililani, Hawaii. Eventually, he moved into industrial sales management. The church he was involved in at the time grew in membership from 200 to 3000 over 15 years. That's where his beginning lessons in ministry took place. He served in all kinds of ways, from youth ministry to home group leader to leadership on the church board. In 1986, Roger and his family moved to the mainland where he spent several years working in industrial sales.

    After moving to Puyallup in 1989, Roger and his family joined Pastor Art and the founding team to pioneer Lighthouse. When the building was finished in 2002 and more help was needed in the ministry of Lighthouse, Roger was asked by the Leadership Committee to begin to live out his childhood calling of being a pastor.

    He likes to landscape and garden for relaxation! He enjoys hiking and talking with his best friend, his son, Tim. He and Connie love being with "their boys" (grandsons) and their parents. They take pleasure in working on home projects as time allows and reading. Roger and Connie feel most contented when they are "partnering in ministry".

    Cowboy boots are Roger's choice of footwear! Having been born and raised in New Mexico, Roger's cowboy boots have taken him on many adventures. He will tell you though, that his most fulfilling adventure has been being on staff at Lighthouse Christian Center.

    Everyone who has the pleasure of working with Roger knows one thing: Roger has a servant's heart!

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  • pauldawsonstaffCompassionate, humorous, thoughtful, outgoing...

    Paul is our Pastor of Congregational Care Ministries, including support ministries (GriefShare, Divorce Care, DC4K, Love & Truth), benevolence, pastoral counseling, and discipleship. Along with Pastor Roger, Paul works with our recovery ministries, Celebrate Recovery and Pure Desire.

    Paul and his lovely wife, Paula, married in August of 1985. Paula is the principal at Midland Elementary in the Franklin Pierce School District. Paul and Paula have three amazing children - Seth, Drew (and his wife Sarah), and Chloe. Keeping them company at home is Gracie Lou (mini dachshund, mini pinscher mix).

    Paul earned his Bachelor of Science in Pastoral Ministry from Northwest Christian University in Eugene, Oregon, followed by a Master of Divinity from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. Paul later returned to Brite and earned a Doctor of Ministry in Preaching and Biblical Interpretation.

    Lighthouse benefits from Paul's varied pastoral experiences, including serving as a youth pastor in Oregon and Texas, pastor of college students in Oregon, senior pastor of two congregations in Oklahoma and Oregon, Pastor of Member Care and Counseling for a Tacoma congregation, and interim pastor for a congregation in Oregon before coming to Lighthouse. Paul also taught and served as the Academic Dean at Tacoma Bible College for a number of years.

    When asked to describe his ministry passion, Paul says "What moves me in ministry, what gets me up in the morning and (sometimes) keeps me up at night - is the opportunity to share the good news of Jesus with other people so that they see and experience the power for living that comes through a relationship with Him."

    Paul enjoys reading books and watching movies with mystery and science fiction themes. He loves good story telling, regardless of the genre, including many of the old MGM musicals. His secret talent is JUGGLING! He might even give you a lesson if you ask him....he has taught most of his family how to juggle.

    Spending time with his family is his ultimate "love language"...and, for Paul, there is no better place to spend time together than on the Oregon coast.

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  • kaygundersonbioObservant, organized, adventurous. Kay has been described by others as a good listener, counselor, and “the best teacher EVER!”

    Kay sees her role as Director of Children’s Ministries as an opportunity to guide the next generation of Lighthouse members
    as they grow in their knowledge of and relationship with God. She leads with a passion for the ministry and a vision for what God can do in the lives of our kids and families.

    While attending Pacific Lutheran University and Central Washington University, Kay earned bachelor’s degrees in both Spanish and Elementary Education. She spent several years teaching in a Christian school before joining our staff here at Lighthouse.

    Kay’s first introduction to Jesus was through the children’s ministries at Saddleback Church in California. Through continued involvement of children’s ministers in her life, she was able to grow in her faith from an early age. As a result, Kay feels a definite call to lead kids to discover who God is and then choose to live for Him.

    On January 12, 2013, Kay married her high school sweetheart, Austin. They love to read, hike (reached the top of Half Dome in Yosemite in the summer of 2013), play board games, and watch movies together. Kay also enjoys music (plays guitar, flute, violin, and others), camping, and learning new things!

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  • cherylPassionate about God, friendly, easily distracted, energetic, faithful. 

    Cheryl is the Women’s Ministries Director. She oversees a myriad of ministries for women, including women's Bible studies, MOPS, mentoring, special events and fellowships. She loves getting to know new ladies and serving alongside them in ministry. More than anything, she will tell you, “I am passionate about following God with my whole heart.”
    Scot and Cheryl were married in 1974 and continue to enjoy a close marital partnership. They have three grown children and several grandchildren.

    Cheryl grew up in Moses Lake on a farm, spending most of her time with animals and active in 4-H. After graduating from college, she was hired by Sumner School District where she worked 4 years. Beginning in 1989, she began working at the Puyallup Fair as a teacher at their Fair School. Aside from work, Cheryl has always been involved with people, loving and serving them with a compassionate heart. 
    Cheryl's hobbies include reading, gardening, tennis, her grandchildren, Bridge, Sudoku, painting, and walking with her girlfriends.
    Cheryl and Scot, were among the couples who helped start Lighthouse. In 1990, they began the adventure, working with three other couples, including Pastor Art and Naomi, to bring into being what we now know as Lighthouse. She and Scot have invested a great deal in God’s people and consider the community here at Lighthouse to be family.

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  • leerFaithful, patient, compassionate, steady, walks with God. 

    Lee oversees our Deaf Ministries, Prayer Ministries and serves as the "on call" pastor when all the others are unavailable. Kind of like a baseball utility player. He also provides pastoral counsel as needed.

    Lee is a widower who was married for fifty years. He has three grown believing children, seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Lee and his family are surrounded by many friends. Whenever they get together, there is always food, fellowship, conversation and noise! 

    Life before Lighthouse - is this all possible? Army, warehousing, sheet metal, machinist, drafting, design and build restaurant and bakery equipment, advertising, ship system design and engineering, sales, promotions, Bible school vice president and teacher, business owner, pastor, husband, father and friend. Lee pastored churches in this area and in Germany for about 35 years. He retired to care for his wife who one year later passed on. Lee prayed about how to spend the rest of his life. The Lord showed him a vision of many doors and all of them were open. He concluded that he was to walk through the open door when he came upon it. Shortly after that incident, Pastor Art asked Lee "How are you spending your days? And then said "I've been thinking..." You can guess what happened next. Pastor Art asked Lee to help out part time here at Lighthouse and the rest is history. 

    Life Scripture (at this time of his life): Psalms 71:14-19

    Lee's great passion is to see all people realize God's great love and to find true freedom and fulfillment through that relationship.

    His Heart
    While all the shepherds feed their sheep,
    it gives me joy the lambs to keep.
    The feeble and the lame shall find
    a resting place and treatment kind.

    The aged ones shall also share
    most tender, gentle patient care.
                                      RC Buckner

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  • anneGood listener, logical-random, supportive, music lover, speedy driver!

    Anne does a little bit of everything here at Lighthouse! Anne has had the privilege of assisting Pastor Art since 1994. Over the years, her role has expanded as the church has grown. Her major responsibilities include: administrative and financial oversight, liaison to the staff and the community-at-large and (of course!) provider of chocolate to those in need.

    What’s On Her Kindle/Nightstand - The Millennials (Rainier); Enemies of the Heart (Stanley); Sustainable Youth Ministry (DeVries); Simple Church (Rainer); With (Jethani); Forgotten God (Chan); The Leap of Faith (Frost/Hirsh); Hurt 2.0 (Clark); Visioneering (Stanley); The Meaning of Marriage (Keller); You Lost Me (Kinnaman)

    Anne grew up in a large farm family that exuded loving hospitality. The number of places at the dinner table or people in line for the bathroom was ever-changing. That practice is how Anne actually met her husband, Dennis. As a visitor to church one Sunday morning, he was invited to dinner and as they say “the rest is history.” Anne and Dennis have two adult children, Alyssa and Aaron, who both graduated from Seattle Pacific University.

    Anne and husband Dennis hang out with high school students. Their home is one of the LCC Wednesday night home group locations. Hanging out with kids has allowed opportunities to laugh, cry, pray like crazy, drive for hours in 15-passenger vans, whitewater rafting, sleep in unique places, get eaten by mosquitoes and see Jesus become real to kids.

    No matter the season, you can find a space heater running in Anne’s office. Her favorite vacation destination to date is the Caribbean. She loves to meet new people and hear their stories. Her first paying job: “catching” chickens for market!

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  • BrandonEnergetic, playful, approachable, quick-witted, with a BIG passion for the Gospel.

    As the Pastor of Senior High Ministries, Brandon’s deepest desire to see the loving heart of Jesus Christ communicated and revealed to teenagers across the church. Brandon’s passion is to walk alongside teenagers and their families, and by the grace of God, see lives transformed by the Gospel.  

    After growing up in the Snoqualmie Valley, Brandon earned his Bachelor's degree at Pacific Lutheran University, where he also met his wife, Jennifer. Brandon is currently a graduate student at Western Seminary, working towards the completion of his Masters degree in Biblical Theology.

    Brandon comes to the Lighthouse family with a background in full-time ministry since 2009. Over those years Brandon spent the majority of his time directing young adult ministries in the South Sound with the goal of seeing a generation of young men and women living to glorify God.

    Brandon and Jennifer have been married since April of 2011, and have been finding some of their deepest joys fulfilled since becoming the parents of their beautiful daughter, Tirzah, in 2013, and their son, Asher, in 2016. When not with family, you’ll find the Sales' enjoying a scenic hike, on the search for a charming farmer’s market, or daydreaming about vacations to Disneyland.

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  • scottIntegrity, creative, funny, passionate and a little mischievous...well, maybe a lot.

    Scott invests into the lives of Jr. High students and their families. Some might say he gets to play as part of his ministry...and Scott won't disagree with that, much!

    He has been married to his wife since the fall of 1995. They have two children, Makayla (Kayla) and Luke.

    After graduating from Sumner High School, Scott earned a B.A. in Christian Education from Seattle Pacific University.

    Scott has worked for various ministries and churches since the fall of 1990. He's been a coach, teacher, even a school principal (long story with that), but most of his time has been spent as a youth pastor. Before coming on staff at LCC he was serving as Youth Pastor at Dallas Alliance Church in Dallas, OR...don't worry he still bled purple and gold!

    Scott loves to read, run, cook (dinners) and hang out with his family. His wife loves to take pictures and, when he can steal the camera away from her, he will find ways to take creative pictures of interesting things.

    Scott's heart is to see students and families come to understand their full and utter dependence on the redemption and grace of Jesus Christ.

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