Jeff & Gail Wall
My wife Gail and I are the founders of The Lighthouse Events.
We both were raised in California with families who love the Lord.
I met Gail after I finished commercial fishing in Alaska and she completed playing volleyball at the University of Washington. We met through our church singles group and married in 1994. After my years in Alaska I was offered a job in Christian radio. For 20 years I helped make radio networks grow with stops at Family Radio, Calvary Chapel, K-LOVE, Air1 Radio and many others. In 2007 we felt the Lord calling us to Maine to be a part of a local ministry, So in the summer of 2007 we loaded up our car and moved our family across country. We have three children, Jessica (16), Rachel (11) and Cody (9).
One year later our job plans had changed and we found ourselves wondering why God had brought us to Maine. It was August 2008 about 2am when we both decided we should start The Lighthouse Events. And so with a flick of a switch, The Lighthouse Events had begun. Our first show was in late September 2008 with artist Laura Story, and thus began our great adventure.
Since the start we have developed great friends all over the Northeast and Eastern Canada. We have had the opportunity to visit over 1,000 churches to share what we are doing. In a year and half we have facilitated more than 350 concerts. We have had the opportunity to bring such Christian Musicians as Matthew West, Bebo Norman, Natalie Grant, John Waller, MercyMe and many, many more in concert to Maine, New Brunswick, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. We are looking forward to seeing how God is going to use TLE. Our hopes are that people will be encouraged, people will use our events to reach out to family, friends, neighbors and co-workers, and people will be drawn to Christ.
Jason & Jen Headlee
My wife Jen and I serve with Word of Life in Pottersville, New York. We were both raised in Christian families who love the Lord. I completed Word of Life Bible Institute and then finished my degree in Business Management at Cedarville University. After some time in Philadelphia working in retail and marketing I moved back to Word of Life to work in the student life department where Jen and I eventually met and got married in 2007. We have two boys, Lucas and Connor, who keep things very exciting for Jen who currently is a full time mom.
I have served with Word of Life since 2004 in a variety of capacities including the Bible Institute, Camps, Local Church Ministries and currently as Marketing Director. Through all of our different opportunities to serve we love the opportunity to be involved in helping bring about life change through creating experiences where the Gospel is shared and discipleship happens. I am blessed to have a great team of people working alongside me and love the variety of ministries we get to be involved in.
Courtney Grippo is excited to be an intern with The Lighthouse Events. She is from Burnt Hills, NY and is a student at Houghton College (a Christian College in Western, NY). Courtney is majoring in Music Business & Recording Arts and will graduate in 2018 with a B.S. degree. She has taken recent courses in Music Industry, Artist Management & Development, Sound & Recording, Digital Video, Digital Photography, Pro Tools, and Business Communications. She completed a mission’s trip with her varsity tennis team in the Dominican Republic with Score Intl., and she works at her college’s pool as a lifeguard and swim instructor.
Courtney has assisted artist road crews with load in/out and stage set up at Toby Mac, Natalie Grant, Tenth Avenue North, and Michael W Smith concerts, a Women of Worship Conference (featuring Laura Story), and she provides sound, tech, and media arts support for college campus events and worship services.
Last summer, Courtney completed an internship with Northway Church in Clifton Park, NY working with the worship director, the sound engineer, and the video production team. For 3 summers, she attended Camp Electric (A Worship and Rock & Roll Camp) as a vocal student in Cedarville, Ohio learning from Tauren Wells, Sheri Gould, Toby Mac, Bernard Harris, Byron (Mr. Talkbox) Chambers, B. Reith, and others. She also twice attended the Christian Musician Summit in Buffalo, NY.
Courtney often vacations in, and visits family in, Western and coastal Maine.
Ben & Jada Kouba
Brand, Web & Ticketing
Ben and Jada, live in southern Maine with their three children. They are members at The Rock Church, along with Jeff and Gail Wall.
After graduating from Cedarville University in 2008, Ben and Jada moved from Ohio to Connecticut to Delaware, finally settling in Maine. They are committed to following Jesus in life, family, and business.
Ben is thrilled to be play a founding role in the River Rock Festivals including Worship in the Adirondacks! He is responsible for managing the website and brand for the festival, as well as ticket fulfillment. Ben also has an ongoing role as the webmaster and designer for The Lighthouse Events.
Rick & Mai Provost
Managers of Strategic Partnerships
Rick and Mai Provost have been married for two years in a Christ-centered Marriage and are active members of Christian Hill Community Church, West Warwick, R.I. They are focused on growing Gods Kingdom through the power of Music Ministry specifically by creating Ministry and Business partners in order to showcase these great partners at The Lighthouse Events Contemporary Christian Concerts. Rick also owns and operates Rock Productions with Mai’s support, in order to co-promote Christian Concerts in conjunction with The Lighthouse Events in Southern New England. Rick and Mai reside in Warwick, R.I. and Rick has two daughters; Cinzia 16 and Alessia 11 that Mai is lovingly assisting as step-parent.
Rick has almost 30 years business experience in brand building, marketing/promotions, event management / promotion and Sponsoring Partnership activation. From 2010-2015 Rick helped create the CES MMA brand and grow the CES Boxing brand as these companies reached the number 1 status of Combat Sports Promotion in New England! During his tenure with CES, Rick served as the Brand Building and Partnership activation director creating high six figures in overall sponsoring partnerships. From 1998 until 2010 Rick traveled the world on the PGA TOUR creating Sponsoring partnerships, producing and consulting on television shows, commercials and infomercials as well as coaching and representing the top golfers in the world. From 1987-2004 Rick created and built a chain of health clubs in Rhode Island; Suburban Fitness Center and started the FIRST Professional Personal Training company ever in Rhode Island!
Mai is the Executive Administrative assistant to The Director of The Gaming and Combat Sports Commission for the Mashantucket Pequot tribe at Foxwoods and oversees the Fighter medical clearances for World Championship Boxing and MMA at Foxwoods. Rick and Mai share their love for the Lord, Family and trips to Rhode Island Beaches as well as their female Boxer Dog aptly named-Adrian from their joint experience in the sport of Boxing.
Michael & Laurie Poor
Michael and Laurie Poor were both brought up in the Foursquare Church Michael in Illinois, Laurie in Maine. The met at LIFE Bible College East in Christiansburg ,VA. They have been married for almost 25 years they have 3 adult children and one granddaughter. They have been working with The Lighthouse Events since 2009 working at concerts in Maine, Massachusetts and New Jersey. Michael is a graduate of Central Bible College with a BA in Pastoral Studies and is a Correctional Officer at the Maine State Prison. Laurie is an office assistant for the State of Maine Public Health Nursing.
Pete is originally from New Windsor, New York. He now lives in Montgomery, New York with his wife Barbara of 23 years. They have 3 children and have been members of Bread of Life Assembly of God Church in Bullville, New York for 15 years where they have participated in a variety of ministries during that time.
Pete retired from the U.S. Air Force in January of 2006 after 24 years of service where he worked as an Aircraft Data Systems Analyst, Database Manager and Logistics Manager. For the past 11 years he has been employed with the Point of Sale Software Company, Aptos, where he’s worked in Solutions Implementation and as a Technical Support Analyst.
Pete’s been involved with The Lighthouse Events since January 2015. He was immediately drawn to the ministry after becoming familiar with it and seeing the impact it’s having in the Northeast and beyond for Jesus Christ. After having the opportunity to experience Lighthouse concerts, assisting the ministry became a clear calling and an obvious next step. He and Barbara also volunteer with Faith House Ministries in New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley. “Working with Lighthouse has been an incredible blessing and I look forward to seeing how God will continue to use this ministry in the future.”