A little about how it all began…
Benji Horning grew up in San Diego, CA, playing music and surfing. He pursued becoming a pastor/missionary at LIFE Pacific College. Jen was a military kid who lived all over the globe and went to the same college to pursue reaching people with the Gospel through music. They fell in love and went on lots of adventures. In East LA (El Monte) they served at a church (Valley Community Church) from 2001-2008 and loved it! It shaped them in so many ways as they learned to lay their lives down for others. They invested in the lives of youth, young adults, oversaw hospitality, worship, wedding coordination, and administration. Jen served as a lamaze coach for pregnant teens at Rowland Heights Continuation School. They reached outside the walls of the church by doing music at many venues and weddings throughout Los Angeles.
They moved down to join The Father's House in North County San Diego. Their time there from 2008-2016 included ministry to children, youth, young adults, directing a school of ministry, leading worship and many outreaches, while continuing to do music in a variety of public venues with their band, “Serenade & Strum." It was there that they went from a family of two to six and had all of their babies (Zoe, Jubilee, Vienna & Augustine).
They have spent the past year at Faith Community Church in San Diego leading worship and preparing for this next adventure.
And now, they are planting a church! Light Church! They love doing all that they do together. They are loving the beginnings of this beautiful journey. They've had many highs, lows, tragedies, joys, steps of faith in their lives so far. They call this “Hotel Earth, Home Heaven” and are urgent about loving and living for Jesus during this short breath of life and standing for Jesus in the presence of sin and darkness. One thing they have always known is their lives are not their own, and they want their lives to be a source of strength for others, constantly pointing to the Light of the world. Our Hope. Our Strength. Our Song. That is why they exist. If one person finds hope and realizes that there is a Maker and Rescuer who created them for a purpose, then they believe THAT is a life worth living. They know that God is relentlessly pursuing the people of this region with His powerful love! They believe the Lord wants to bring redemption and revival in San Diego. They believe that collaboration, not competition, is the breeding ground for what Jesus wants to do in San Diego as a whole.
We are Kingdom First
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
We are Eternally Minded
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man's heart
We are Gospel Centered
2 Corinthians 5:19-21
that is, in Christ God was reconciling[c] the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
We are Compassionately Driven
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
We are Creative Storytellers
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
We are Rescued and Redeemed
But[c] God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved
Kids matter at Light Church! From this community's beginning we have been committed to providing world class care, uncompromised safety and intentional training and development in the way of Jesus. It is our promise to you to care for your children in such way that allows you to feel safe and secure as a parent and for you children to thrive in a fun and engaging environment.
For any questions you may have please contact us. We would love to talk with you!