About Us

Lighthouse Community Church exists to invite people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and others by loving God, living in community, and serving the world.


Jesus Christ and the Gospels

Jesus never saw church as a place to go, but as a people who love him and who are learning to love others. We want to experience the life-changing Truth that God has, is, and will continue to pursue relationship with His creation – no matter what our spiritual background or past has been. We celebrate the news that Jesus offered himself as the only real hope for the freedom, healing and restoration of our relationships with God, ourselves, each other, and creation.


We are becoming an open, honest, authentic community of imperfect people who are committed to growing connected and loving one another. Building healthy relationships of accountability, belonging and care – through friendships, marriages, and families – are of the utmost importance at Lighthouse.


We take great joy in partnering with God to make a difference in the world. We recognize that everything we have is a gift from God. We want to daily pursue lives that overflow with hope, gratitude and love in response to what we’ve been given. God invites everyone into this way of life. We believe this is the best way to live.


Lighthouse is a mission-focused community. This is why the church exists – to bring light to the world. We desire to convey the gospel, the “good news” of Jesus Christ to both the local and global community, both in what we say and in what we do. Jesus calls his church to be a compelling force for good in the world, and we believe that the church is at its best when it serves, sacrifices, and loves – caring about the things God cares about. We were created to live for something larger than ourselves. Because people matter to God, they MUST matter to the Church.


We are committed to remaining open to all that God has for us and to seeking His best. We recognize the need to be anticipatory, leaning forward, being part of the exciting “new things” that God is doing — things that we are privileged to be part of.


Lighthouse is a part of the Evangelical Covenant Church of Canada. The ECCC is a family of Canadian churches seeking to live fully, intentionally, and missionally into our kingdom priorities.

To find out more about what the ECCC believes, visit their website.

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Started in 2000 by a small group of friends, Lighthouse Community Church uniquely emphasized the importance of relationship in a person’s journey of faith – not only relationship with God, but relationship with others. This is still evident today in the number of small groups that make up the community. These small groups “do life” together.

As Lighthouse continues to grow, we strive toward our vision of inviting people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and others.


Rick Penner
Lead Pastor

Before coming to Lighthouse, Rick has gained pastoral experience within the ECCC as both a Student Ministries Pastor and as an Associate Pastor. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Providence Theological Seminary (Otterburne, MB), is married to his wife Charis, and together they have two daughters. He has a passion in being an apprentice (i.e., disciple) of Jesus, practicing the way of Jesus, and inviting and encouraging others to join. In his spare time, Rick enjoys being active outdoors, playing board games, cooking, and watching football. You can contact Rick via email at rick@sarnialighthouse.com.

Glenn Ronson
Interim Pastor

Glenn has been in pastoral ministry for over 30 years. He has been happily married to Liz for the past 20 years. Together they have a 16 year old son, Owen. Glenn came to know Jesus at an early age. He loves to make God's Word easy to understand and applicable in everyday life. He loves to travel and has been to over 35 countries. Glenn loves sports and can often be found cheering on the Raptors.

Melissa DaSilva
Office Administrator

Melissa loves a good party. She's often found gathering people in her home, at church events, and online. She loves connecting people with Jesus. Melissa has three kiddos that keep her busy and bring so much joy to her and her husband, John. If you're ever wondering about the exciting events that are in store for the Lighthouse community, reach out to Melissa!

Dayna Austin
Director of Children's Ministry

With her love for Jesus, paired with her creative imagination, Dayna aspires to lead our children to Jesus and find how God is present in our everyday lives. Living in Sarnia with her husband and 3 kids, for the past 5 years, Dayna loves to visit the beach and enjoy all the beauty that Sarnia-Lambton has to offer. When not outside, Dayna enjoys sewing, reading, and her 2 cats.