WHO WE ARE
ABOUT OUR MINISTRY
ABOUT OUR MINISTRY
In 1980 Willoughby First Presbyterian Church (presently, Willo-Lake Church) donated a 1962 GMC school bus, the first Heaventrain. With a will to do more, we started a storehouse food distribution program in 1982. We bought another GMC and kept growing. Then in 1995 we incorperated Lighthouse, North Ohio District of the Nazerene Church purchases new replacement bus for Heaventrain. We soon started up mentorship programs and youth programs like basketball and tutoring. Now Lighthouse Ministry is on a mission to help the youth of Cleveland, one neighborhood at a time.
Our Vision is a holistically restored community with indigenous leadership fully engaged in the process of transformation.
To see Central as a neighborhood where we all want to raise our family.
Our mission is to equip and empower the children and youth in Central Cleveland with resources and opportunities to reach their potentials.
We believe teaching a child how to fish rather than continually providing him with fish will equip him with the knowledge and skills that will continue to sustain him and improve his future.
Harold Tyreman, member, Board of Directors of Lighthouse, Inc., has over 39 years of business experience in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom. He has held a number of senior leadership roles in sales, marketing and business management including the Vice President of ICI Paints USA, International Export and Licensing.
Son of Heaventrain founder, Rev. Phil Batten, is the Executive Director of Lighthouse, Inc. After attending Mount Vernon Nazarene University and Barclay College (BA, Theology), Andy began his ministry as a crisis youth counselor (Buckhorn Children’s Center), and an associate youth pastor at Church of the Nazarene and Victory Nazarene.
Judy Bean has more than 10 years ministry related experiences, both as a volunteer and in staff positions. These God given experiences have taught her the importance of solid relationships built on integrity and loving-kindness (a sincere hug goes a long way).
Judy graduated from Nazarene Bible College in 2012 with a Bachelor’s of Art’s in Ministry.
Ron Kent came aboard May of 2015. He and his wife Ariel moved to Cleveland, and are very enthusiastic about living and serving in Cleveland. Both come from homes rooted in mission and ministry. Ron has been doing youth and music ministry for many years and is excited to make disciples, who make disciples!
Ashley Kennedy, the Director of Operations joined the Lighthouse staff in 2014 as the Volunteer Coordinator. She is a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace University where she studied Communication Studies, Psychology and Leadership in Higher Education. Her background includes Church Ministry, College Campus Ministry, Youth Ministry.
Ariel Kent is the Volunteer Coordinator for Lighthouse, Inc. as of July 2015. She graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with her Bachelors of Science in International & Community Development and Intercultural Studies with a minor in World Languages. A few of her experiences include interning as a outreach coordinator in New York.