Friday, March 10, 2017
LIGHTHOUSE MINISTRIES NEW CHURCH FACILITIES
LIBERTY-- Church growth is the biblical understanding that Jesus said, "I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it."
The Liberty based Lighthouse Ministries Church, pastor-ed by the Rev. Dr. Rich and Rev. Kathie Ienuso has had to overcome many obstacles placed in it's path but their strong faith over the years has brought forth to this ministry a new home with the announced purchase of the former Albert's Steakhouse Restaurant located at 23 Triangle Road opposite the Triangle Plaza mall.
The Bible-Based Christ Centered Pentecostal church has been housed for the past five years next door in the Triangle Plaza where they have seen steady growth for the 50 plus members and newcomers and are welcoming a new church sanctuary that will seat almost 100, a room for youth ministry and studies, a soup kitchen, the food pantry (Joseph's Storehouse, outreaches to the Jewish, Gentile and Youth communities and additional church ministries that are on the planning board.
The new church building is undergoing minor renovations including painting and will have installed shortly a Baptistry for baptism services. Office and church headquarters will also be housed in the new church facility.
Pastor Rev. Dr. Rich Ienuso has been a pastor in upstate New York and Sullivan County since 1979. He received his B.A. Degree from St. John's University (N.Y.) and received his B.S. degree in Bible, minor in Ministerial Studies at Valley Forge Christian College in Pennsylvania and his Master's in Sacred Literature (M.S.L.) from Trinity Theological Seminary in Indiana. Pastor Rich received his Honorary Doctorate degree from St. Luke Evangelical School of Biblical Studies.
Pastor Rich penned his first book several years ago titled "The Unveiling of Jesus Christ and has in the works two new books about Prayer and Servant-hood.
In addition to his ministries Pastor Dr. Rich has taught in various Christian Schools and a Bible Institute, started a Christian Day School as well as teaching and serving as Principal of the former Glory To God Christian High School.
Pastor Kathie was ordained into the ministry in October of 2011. The Ienuso's and Lighthouse Ministries are affiliated with the Elim Fellowship of Lima, NY. Elim is a Christ-centered worldwide fellowship serving pastors, churches, missionaries and other Christian ministries.
The Cross-Walk through Liberty's Main Street at Easter time is a another ministry started by and presented to the community by Lighthouse Ministries.
Pastor Kathie, also a very talented musician, received her A.A.S. degree from SUNY Farmingdale, her B.S.N. degree from SUNY Brockport. Professionally she has worked as a Registered Professional Nurse and served as co-pastor at the former Woodbourne Full Gospel Church.
Her ministry experience includes nursing home and hospital visitation, concerts, Sunday School teacher, youth leader, nursery worker, jail and prison ministry, church secretary, church choir and orchestra director, soloist, worship leader, piano player, founder and coordinator of Joseph's Storehouse Food and Clothing Pantry, Civil Air Patrol Chaplain, volunteer training for chaplaincy at Woodbourne and Fishkill Correctional facilities, co-host on TBN television, hospital de-tox ministry, senior chaplain at Community General Hospital, Inter-Faith Council and Coalition Member , teacher at Sullivan County Christian Academy and Glory To God Christian High School.
Both pastors served the Full Gospel Church Assembly of God in Woodbourne and left after serving that ministry for 25-years in 2007. Since that time they have housed the Lighthouse Ministries Church activities at the Community Center at Foxcroft Village, at the Woodbourne Dutch Reformed Church and at their Neversink home before locating their church in the 5 Triangle Road Liberty Triangle Plaza Mall in 2012.
The pastors had high praise for Albert Bitjeman the former owner of the building housing Albert's Steakhouse for his "outstanding supportive efforts in what we wanted to do and worked with us through the closing."
The Ienuso family also includes daughter Grace Ienuso.
This rapidly growing church will hold their Grand Praise Opening Celebration for their church and headquarters on Saturday, April 1 at 3 p.m. for a time of food and fellowship and a preaching and worship service at 6 p.m.
Special speakers include Pastor Joe Chamberlin from Horseheads on Saturday and on Sunday Pastor Don Smith at the 10:30 and 6 p.m. worship services and again on Monday at 6 p.m.
The church has asked those attending to bring a bag of non-perishable food items for the food pantry.
The church phone number is 845-985-7026
Rev. Kathie and Rev. Dr. Rich Ienuso, pastors of the Liberty based Lighthouse Ministries Church.
The Liberty based Lighthouse Ministries new church facilities includes a sanctuary that will sit almost 100 people.
The former Albert's Steakhouse Restaurant at 23 Triangle Road in Liberty is the new home of the Lighthouse Ministries Church. They will hold a Grand Praise Opening Celebration on April 1.