About Lighthouse

Lighthouse sees things differently.
We exist for people.
We’re here to give. Not to get.
We are multifaceted, multi purpose, multi platform.

Lighthouse provides a number of community innovations including Lighthouse Youth Initiative, Lighthouse Community Kitchen, Lighthouse Community Conference and Lighthouse Church.

Our OBSESSION is to love our community. No strings attached.

Lighthouse is an Illawarra based organisation that’s passionate about going beyond our own generation.


We largely consist of volunteers ready and willing to do whatever it takes so that others can have the best life possible.











What we value

Compassion: At Lighthouse we see the needs of all people and we’re compelled to address it.
Respect: At Lighthouse we value and believe in all people and their entitlement to opportunities.
Passion: At Lighthouse we are determined to see the potential of all people realised and to see all people succeed.
Inclusion: At Lighthouse we believe that all people should feel part of their community and positively engage in it.
Partnerships: At Lighthouse we respect the various community providers, and values the resources and services they provide and we appreciate the differences they make in the lives of the people. We see our role as complementary to the good work already began and look towards being a partner in achieving mutually beneficial outcomes for the people of the Illawarra through the shared use of resources and efforts.
Integrity: At Lighthouse we are committed to relationships and operations that are transparent, accountable and create ‘value’ for all stakeholders and the community of the Illawarra.

About Lighthouse Church

Lighthouse Church exists to transform our community through innovation and the power of God.
This isn’t a church full of religion and there’s no stained glassed windows or wooden pews. This is a place where you can discover a personal, vibrant and real relationship with Jesus. It’s a place to experience God for yourself.
Everyone is welcome.
We don’t just have Sunday services. There is Lighthouse Youth on Friday nights and Life Groups all around the city during the week.


Lighthouse Church is currently held at two campuses, Southern and Central, every Sunday. In February 2014 we launched Lighthouse North. We have 1,500 members making us one of the largest churches in the Illawarra.

Lighthouse History

Lighthouse was first established in 1969 as Lighthouse Christian Centre. Pastor Bill and Joan Beard founded the church in a Port Kembla home.
Pastor Bill and Joan had a passion to:
See Spirit-filled believers raised up
Establish a church that emphasised and experienced the power of God through the Holy Spirit
Build a magnificent house for the Lord
After a series of different locations around Wollongong, Lighthouse Christian Centre was finally established in its current location next to Wollongong train station.
In the 1980’s Lighthouse Community Care was established. Lighthouse Community Care included youth housing and meal programs.
Throughout their 31 years as Senior Pastors, Bill and Joan literally led thousands to the Lord, not just in Wollongong, but also around the nation and the world.
In 2000 Pastor Bill and Joan passed the leadership of the church onto their daughter and son-in-law, Paul and Annette Bartlett.
Paul’s father, Ted Bartlett, founded Wollongong City Mission in Wollongong out of a desire to demonstrate the love of God through meeting the practical needs of the community. Between 1983 -1997 Wollongong City Mission grew into a large organisation that employed 300 staff and 200 volunteers across NSW. It provided a wide assortment of programs including: welfare services, financial counselling and training and employment assistance programs.
Paul and Annette’s vision for Lighthouse Christian Centre was to move beyond a traditional Sunday church format and create an organisation that cared for the community while inviting them to experience the power of God 24/7.
In early 2005, an opportunity to take on the leadership of Shellharbour City Church was presented to the Lighthouse Christian Centre.
Lighthouse Christian Centre became Lighthouse Church as way of establishing the one church in two locations (Wollongong and Shellharbour).
In 2012 Lighthouse was established as the organisation head over Lighthouse Church and Lighthouse Community Care.

Paul & Annette Bartlett

Paul and Annette took on the role of Senior Leaders of Lighthouse in 2000.


Paul is also a State Leader of Australian Christian Churches in NSW overseeing some 350 churches.


Paul’s other roles include being the President of Cedars Christian College – a school of over 600 students – as well as the Chaplain to our NBL basketball team, the Wollongong Hawks.


Paul and Annette are both personal development coaches to many leaders and professionals in the broader community specialising in the area of leadership and vision development, team building and organisational change.

Paul and Annette have been married for over 25 years and have three children.

You can follow Paul and Annette on Twitter and Instagram.


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