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Lighthouse Baptist Church
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Lighthouse Baptist Church Waldorf, MD 

A Brief History of Lighthouse Baptist Church

While serving as an Associate Minister at Christian Unity Baptist Church of Waldorf, Maryland, Rev. Calvin Johnson, assisted by his wife Burnell were lead to start a “New Work” for the Lord.  Rev. Calvin Johnson contacted Dea. Frank Boone and requested his assistance in starting this new work. Dea. Frank Boone came immediately and went to work, serving as the Senior Deacon.







Lighthouse Baptist Mission’s humble beginning started with Sunday School and Eleven o’clock worship, on the first Sunday, September 1, 1996.  The first worship service was held in the garage of the home of Calvin and Burnell Johnson in Waldorf, Maryland.  A total of eighteen people were present. 

After a number of services in the garage, it soon became apparent that a larger facility was required and a search for a building began immediately.  On November 3, 1996, our prayers were answered.  We began holding worship services at Eva Turner Elementary School, Waldorf.  It was the desire of Rev. Calvin Johnson to make Lighthouse Baptist Mission a full service church with multi-program capability, including Bible Study, Sunday School, Choir Rehearsal, Out-Reach Missions and many other church activities.  Eva Turner School was only available for services between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Therefore, a second search began for a facility more suitable to our needs.













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 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.


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