On February 2, 1997, Lighthouse Baptist Mission moved to 10735 Theodore Greene Blvd, White Plains, Maryland. Rev. George Horton, Pastor, New Fellowship Baptist Church, performed the dedication of this building on March 16, 1997. The church immediately began work to complete all corporation items.
On April 2, 1997, Lighthouse Baptist Mission formally became Lighthouse Baptist Church of White Plains, Maryland. It was during this time that Calvin Johnson received a vision from God for a larger, permanent facility. This facility would have a sanctuary for worship, a fellowship hall and a nursery. The long-term goal is to have a child care center, gymnasium and a Christian School.
On October 12, 1997, Rev. Calvin Johnson was installed as the first Pastor of Lighthouse Baptist Church. Rev. Chester Mc Donald, Chancellor of Maple Springs Baptist College, officiated, assisted by Dr. Richard Logsdon, Director of Missions, Potomac Baptist Association.
We held our Ground Breaking Ceremony, August 17, 2002, in the area where the entrance is currently located. Those cutting the ribbon were: Frank Boone, Dale Contee, Kendal Elliott, Janee Johnson, Burnell Johnson, Calvin Johnson, Richard Logsdon and, L’Tanya Johnson. The church was really excited because this would be the beginning of the construction phase.
On October 21, 2003, construction of the Sanctuary began. This was one of the hardest winters experienced in Charles County. Although there were many delays, God continued to bless and keep us. The first Sunday in May 2004, we moved into our new Sanctuary.
On October 27, 1997, Lighthouse Baptist Church became part of the Potomac Baptist Association, as a sister church, Southern Baptist Convention.
The vision given to Pastor Johnson was unfolding. He began to look for land to purchase for the construction of a Sanctuary and an all purpose building. Dr. Richard Logsdon contacted Pastor Johnson and advised that First Baptist Church of Waldorf had five acre’s of land to sell next door to Westlake Senior High School on Middletown Road.
It was at this time that Dr. Logsdon suggested the church move into the neighborhood to get to know the people we were to serve. The decision was made to relocate to the Westlake Community. On July 1, 2000, we relocated to William B. Wade elementary School located on Smallwood Dr. West, Waldorf, Maryland.