Lighthouse Christian Center - High School Pastor

Vanderbloemen Search Group
Puyallup, Washington, United States

Date Posted: 05/15/2018
Categories: Young Adult Pastor - Youth Pastor
Denominations: Not Applicable
Church Size: Not Applicable
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


About the Organization:

Lighthouse Christian Center (LCC) attributes its humble beginnings to weekly meetings around a kitchen table that included praying, planning, and dreaming of birthing a church that would reach out to people of the community with God’s love in an understandable way. The heart behind this vision was for Lighthouse to be a church where people could be real, accept each other regardless of their past, yet urge one another to grow more like Jesus. What began with 10 families in 1991 has burst into a vibrant community of more than a thousand today.

LCC’s  passion for loving God and loving others is reflected in its purpose that states: We are a Christ-centered community, reaching out every day to make more and better disciples. It is a church on the move, reaching out to people from all walks of life with the love of God. Lighthouse values community transformation, grace-filled relationships, hands-on ministry, God’s plan for the family, faithfulness with resources, and the passionate discovery of God’s Truth. These values are exemplified through its Leadership Team and embodied by its ministry programming and outreach endeavors.

The ministry of Lighthouse Christian Center has been stewarded under the capable leadership of Lead Pastor Dr. Art Hunt, who is known to be a passionate shepherd, gifted communicator, and all-round fun and expressive. His leadership has been key in taking the church from a group of 30 with one staff member to a rapidly growing church of 1,400 with 27 staff members. An accomplished author with a love for communication of all forms, he has focused his leadership at LCC on developing the capacity of the pastoral leadership on staff, while giving them the freedom and encouragement to operate in their calling and gifting.

In January 2018, Dr. Art Hunt announced his retirement, and he and a representative of the Leadership Team detailed a pastoral transition plan, which led to recommending a candidate to succeed Art who is known and loved by the congregation, Pastor Brandon Sales.

Brandon will  step into the role of Lead Pastor of Lighthouse Christian Center on October 1, 2018. Senior Pastor Dr. Art Hunt will release his position as Senior Pastor on October 1, 2018, and will continue coaching and mentoring Pastor Brandon until the end of 2018, at which point he’ll assume the title, “Pastor Emeritus”.

Over the last three years, the Lighthouse congregation has watched Brandon grow and thrive in his pastoral calling as shepherd and leader to the church’s High School students. Brandon shines when he has an opportunity to teach the Word of God, lead others into ministry, and disciple others to encounter Jesus. Affirmed by the congregation, Brandon’s vision for the future of Lighthouse Christian Center is clear:  to see God’s glory magnified in the Puyallup Valley through transformed disciples of Jesus Christ who are learning more and more what it means to be a gospel presence in every sphere of their lives.

Lighthouse Christian Center is affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance (also known as The Alliance). They are part of two groups: The Pacific Northwest District of The Alliance and the Christian and Missionary Alliance General Council. Their Statement of Faith and Beliefs can be found on The Alliance website.


About the Position:

The High School Pastor at Lighthouse Christian Center is responsible for giving direction and leadership to the spiritual education and formational activities for grades nine through 12. The High School pastor aims to lead students at LCC into transformative encounters with the Gospel of Jesus Christ that build devoted followers of Jesus Christ. With an average of 50-70 High School students attending weekly student ministry events, the High School Pastor will play a key role in the development and nurturing of these relationships through the High School Ministry.

What We Are Searching For:

The following describes many of the characteristics of the ideal candidate for the High School Pastor:


A bachelor’s degree in biblical studies, ministry, or a similar discipline is expected. A seminary degree is preferable for this role.


The ideal candidate for this role will have experience leading and proven results in student and youth ministry.

Personal Characteristics

  • A desire to shepherd high school students closer to Jesus Christ
  • Strong leadership characteristics (Self-starting & Motivated)
  • An ability to connect with teenagers both relationally and spiritually (Energetic & Fun-loving)
  • The ability to recruit, lead, and train volunteers for the work of the ministry
  • An ability to teach and communicate the Gospel through the Scriptures with care and diligence to an audience of teenagers
  • An ability to collaborate with other leaders within the church to fulfill the mission and vision of our body
  • LCC expects all staff to demonstrate Christian character, grace, a humble and teachable spirit, and a love for Jesus and His Gospel. (While this position is not an elder, we do expect all pastors/directors to live in light of the qualifications of Elders and Deacons as mentioned in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1.)


About the Location:

Situated in the heart of the valley with Mount Rainier as its backdrop, Puyallup is a city of scenic beauty and rich history. Located in the Puget Sound region, 10 miles east of Tacoma and approximately 35 miles south of Seattle, its earliest days were associated with alluvial soil optimal for agriculture, the Western Washington State Fair, and the tribe of “the generous people”. Today, championed by a well-preserved and appreciated heritage, the city’s progress pays tribute to its unique past and vibrant future.

From local farms and various restaurants, to unique consignment shops and an array of antique dealers, Puyallup's businesses bring character and life to its community. Fueled by the helping hands and gracious hearts of local volunteers and staff, Puyallup's nonprofits serve the needs of the valley and beyond.

In its early years, Puyallup was an agricultural community. Farmers grew hops, berries and flowers and the city continues to pay homage to its agricultural roots. The spring is celebrated with the annual Daffodil Parade and, in the fall, the now Washington State Fair continues to be a favorite destination for visitors. Over the years, the city gained prominence as a regional commercial and service center for eastern Pierce County. Puyallup continues to serve its residents and neighbors with a strong, diversified economy.

Puyallup has a unique downtown antique district. There are also many shopping opportunities on Puyallup's South Hill. The city boasts cinemas, restaurants, a two-year community college, parks and recreation, good K-12 schools, nice residential districts and a lot more. With almost 60% of the city’s land area devoted to residential areas, Puyallup contains many distinct neighborhoods with various housing types and choices. The City of Puyallup is entirely contained within the Puyallup School District, which has an excellent reputation for its K-12 schools. It is also home to the Cascade Christian School District, Pierce College's Puyallup campus, and provides easy access to nearby four-year colleges UW-Tacoma, Pacific Lutheran University and University of Puget Sound.

Puyallup became the first city in the State of Washington to receive an AARP/World Health Organization “Age-Friendly City” designation (in 2016), as well as the second city in the State to receive an official "Bee City" designation from Bee City USA, a not-for-profit organization committed to developing and maintaining sustainable habitats for pollinators like native bees and honey bees. It has additionally been honored for its preservation of trees for three years in a row, and was once again recognized as a “Tree City USA” in 2017.



Apply Now

To apply for this job opening, please first post your resume.