Joel and Shenae have served Lighthouse Church as Lead Pastor since August of 2022. Before this, they served as Assistant Pastor and in various other ministries for over 14 years. Joel has a Masters degree from Regent University in Church Leadership. Shenae has a degree from Florida State University in Sociology. Joel and Shenae are blessed with two beautiful children – Ella Royale and Arden Royce.
Bishop Royce Andrus of Lake Charles, Louisiana, and founding pastor of Lighthouse Church, received his call into the ministry at the early age of 18-years-old at the Louisiana Camp meeting in 1967. After attending Texas Bible College, in 1969, he married his childhood sweetheart, Glenda Brock of DeRidder, Louisiana. Soon, a burden for the Northeast was born in their hearts. With only a mounted deer head, a guitar, a large accordion, and a few suitcases in the back of their car, this young couple traveled over 1,500 miles away from their families and all that they had ever known to the East Coast. Under the leadership of Bishop Royce and Glenda Andrus, God has brought Lighthouse Church from a small Kiwanis center in 1971 to a building which presently seats 1,200+ expandable to 1,500 in the future! Many have declared this to be a modern-day miracle.