Some History…

Some History of the Lighthouse Church of God.

Niagara Falls Church of God Pentecostal Tabernacle

The Lighthouse Church of God started in Niagara Falls in January of 1975 under the leadership of Rev Edmund Boettcher. The church began on Morrison Ave in the building on the right.

Outside of the Foodland grocery store

In 1995, the church purchased the 12,000 sq. ft. grocery store located in Chippawa at the corner of Sodom and Main Street.

Meetings began in the store until renovations could be started and continued through the renovation until they were completed.

The first service in the new location

Walls went up and we were left with a sanctuary, classrooms, a gym, a foyer, and offices.

Dedication Service address by Pastor Ron Spadzinski

At the dedication service in June of 1997, the sanctuary had taken on a whole new look. Our attendance continued to grow through the following years seeing many people changed by the love of God.

 

 

In the fall of 2002, a leaky roof forced us to reevaluate the structure of the building. So it was decided that we would do second phase of  renovations to fix the problem and to make some extra room inside the church.

Seven feet of wall …

Almost all of the work done during the renovation was done by volunteers from the church. We first added 7′ of wall to the top of the building,

a new roof …

and added a pitched roof on top of that to replace the old flat roof. The new roof and 7′ of wall were done while standing on the old roof. With the help of the MWOA (Men and Women Of Action) we finished our new roof in an amazing two short weeks and all the work was done by volunteers.

 

Start of the new balcony and stage

With a new pitched roof on and an extra 7′ of height inside the building we added a balcony in the sanctuary going right back over top of the foyer giving us more seating as well as adding another classroom and office.

The stage was also redone expanding it and adding a baptismal tank in the front of the stage.

During this time the services had to be moved into the gym so that construction could be done in the sanctuary.

 

 

Radiant floor heating near the stage

New Balcony and Air Conditioning

As part of the renovation new heating and air conditioning units were looked at and we eventually settled on in-floor heating throughout the building and new air conditioning units and air ducts also going through the whole building.

 

New look for the church front …

We also added a new front entrance adding a cross with the windows. A sidewalk and gardens with lamps were also added to the outside of the building. A sloped roof was also added on the classrooms wing and over the canopy.

Church sanctuary from the balcony

Inside, the additions of the balcony added 130 chairs raising our capacity by about 50%. A new projector and screen were also added to our media department as part of the renovation.  the whole sanctuary was carpeted and services were brought back out of the gym.

Recreation …

This allowed the final touches to be put on the gym as well. When the old roof was taken out the three beams that had stood running down the middle of the gym were taken out allowing for a game to take place across the whole of it. Tile was laid down giving lines for full court volleyball, hockey, basketball, and tennis. Holes for the volleyball and tennis net posts were put in so as to be able to move them in and out freely and basketball nets with adjustable heights were also added at each end.

The Second Phase of renovation finished up with a redo of the bathrooms, classrooms, and offices.