Meet The Team
Proudly reared in Jonesboro, Georgia, Bro. Jonathan came to know Christ as his Saviour as a fourteen year old boy through the ministry of the Liberty Baptist Tabernacle under Dr. Glenn W. Anderson. That same year, he was called to the ministry. While attending Bible college, he met and later married Shannon B. Willett who was reared in Livingston County, Kentucky. Together they have been favored with four children who now range from age fourteen to seven.
In 2000, Pastor Wilkins was ordained to the ministry by his home church and has served in the ministry for sixteen years. His training includes an undergraduate degree in biblical studies from Crown College and graduate degrees from both Liberty University and Louisiana Baptist University and Seminary. In 2013 he and Mrs. Shannon were commissioned Kentucky Colonels by the Governor.
Pastor Wilkins believes and preaches the absolute authority of the Bible. His life verse is Psalm 37:23, "The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way."
Bro. Derek Peters is an ordained deacon who oversees the church’s music program which includes both congregational and special music as well as the direction of the church choir.
As a nine year old boy, he accepted Christ as the result of a youth evangelism conference. He is married to Tiffany, a music therapist and one of our church pianists. They currently reside in Fisherville with their beautiful daughter Kylah and precocious dog Daisy.
Professionally, Bro. Derek is an accomplished musician having performed abroad and locally in various bands and ensembles. He holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Music Education from Morehead State University and currently serves as the director of bands at Barret Traditional Middle School. Previously his peers recognized his talents and elected him as president of Kentucky Music Educators Association District 12 from 2015-2016.
Raised in the rural landscape of southwestern Virginia, Bro. Derek has been endowed with both a rich Christian and musical heritage. His great-grandfather was a Baptist pastor, and his father a minister of music; whose influences have uniquely contributed to his compassionate yet capable style of leadership.
Rogie Hale comes from Rockcastle County in the foothills of Eastern Kentucky. In 1989 he met and married Miss Lue Goodlett, and they have two sons named Austin and Charlie. At the age of 20 he received Christ as his personal Saviour and has served the Lord faithfully as a Sunday school teacher, and children church director. As a communicator he excels in preaching and teaching the Bible. Currently he serves as the chairmen of deacons and the director of our student ministries.
As director of the student ministries he oversees all instruction and activities related to the children and teens. This includes our annual Vacation Bible School, Nursery, Patch the Pirate and Teen program.
Saved in 2008 as a result of the ministry of the Lighthouse Baptist Church, Bro. Anderson has continually striven to serve the Lord from a grateful heart. He credits his conversion to his parent’s teachings and exposure to Bible preaching. He characterizes his youth as being wasted with frivolous hobbies and misplaced priorities, but remains grateful for God’s forgiveness and the new opportunity to “redeem the time” that God has given him. Proudly serving as a weapons specialist in the Seabees, he participated in both Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990-1991. He returned to his native Louisville, established a home and eventually married Mrs. Kim Woodall. An avid reader and aficionado of history, he spends much of his free time assisting friends and neighbors.
As a deacon, Bro. Anderson, overseers our buildings and grounds. He also directs the usher’s ministry and maintains missionary updates and correspondence for the church. He remains the embodiment of faithfulness and deeply values the ministry of the Lighthouse Baptist Church.
Bill Hunter serves as our chief of security overseeing surveillance and training that provides a safe, secure environment for those visiting our facility. His unique calling (Psalm 18:34) combined with years of experience combine to produce a highly competent leader and consultant in the increasingly important field of self-defense.
Bro. Hunter, a Marine during the Viet Nam conflict in 1967-1968, earned a Combat Action Ribbon, Marine Expert Rifle Badge, and Good Conduct Metal. He returned to the states, earned a degree in Forensic Studies from Indiana University; and worked twenty-three years as a Louisville police officer. The last eight years he served as the department’s firearms instructor. In 2000 he took a position with the University of Louisville Police Department eventually becoming the Chief instructor of firearms and defensive tactics.