A 501(C )(3) non-profit organization founded in 1994 by Dr. Mark Hamby (B.S., M.S., M.Div., Th.M.)
Mark Hamby (M.S., M.Div., Th.M., D. Min. cand.) is founder and president of Lamplighter Ministries, which consists of Lamplighter Publishing, Lamplighter Theatre, Lamplighter Guild, Lamplighter Life-Transforming Seminars, Lamplighter Moments Daily Radio Broadcast, and the newly produced broadcast, Fastened Like Nails. Married to his wife Debbie for 38 years, they have devoted themselves to making ready a people prepared for the Lord (Luke 1:17).
If you have ever heard Mark speak at conferences or on the radio, you know that he loves to tell stories that make the truths of the Word of God come alive! Interviewed on numerous national radio programs, Mark shares how Lamplighter was birthed and how Lamplighter books and dramatic audios are having a redemptive influence around the world.
The foundational truths that Mark holds as his true north compass are Proverbs 1:1-10:1; 22:29; Romans 4, 5, and 8; Hebrew 4:2, 5:11-14; and 2 Peter 1:3-10.
I am the mother of three and wife of Mark Hamby. We’ve been married for thirty-eight years and have three incredible adult children who, with their spouses, bring a wonderful, complete sense of family.
I graduated from college with a master’s degree in Art Education and have taught art in various capacities, including public schools, Christian schools, homeschools, the Lamplighter Guild, and private tutoring. The age range of my students is from six to ninety years old. It brings me great joy to see my hesitant, self-conscious students flourish and, through attentiveness and purposeful practice, become confident, skillful, creative artists! Their everyday world is enriched as they learn to “see” the beauty that surrounds them in an entirely new way. Presently I teach students of all ages in my home studio.
Oil painting fulfills my personal creative endeavors. I’ve studied under the late John Peisley and contemporary artists David Leffel and Casey Baugh, and have enjoyed taking painting trips to places such as Rockport, New Mexico, and Italy.
Much of my time is spent editing for Lamplighter. I have edited most of the Lamplighter books as well as letters of correspondence, emails, ads, catalogs, etc. I also write the Trusty books for young children, which are part of our Illustrated Collection. To date we have seven Trusty titles.
My other area of interest is health and wellness, which has evolved over time as I learn and grow. Most of my personal reading time includes topics pertaining to the human body—what hinders optimal health, what makes us thrive, and why!
I graduated from Floyd County High School in 1985. In 1990 I graduated from Liberty University with a BS in mathematics.
I Married Lauri Ann Dunlap in 1991. Since then God has blessed our lives with 9 children and 1 extremely cute grandson.
Professionally, from 1990-1995 I was a Christmas tree farmer and residential and commercial landscaper. I started Timberland Mulch and Farms, Inc. in 1995. Timberland is a mulch manufacturing company that focuses on producing high quality landscape and playground mulches. We ship trailer loads of mulch all over Virginia and into neighboring states as well.
In 2014 we started Hidden Hand Angus Farms. We are a seed stock producer focusing on selective breeding through artificial insemination and embryo transplant. Our mission is to breed functional, fertile, high marbling beef cattle that will stand the test of time.
The following is an outline of ministry opportunities in which I have participated:
Pine Grove Baptist Church:
Youth leader (1992-2001)
College/career Sunday school teacher (2001-2003)
Marriage and family teacher (2003-2014)
Sunday school teacher for 7-12 year-old boys (2015-present)
Executive director of SLDM (Silent Lights Discipleship Ministry) (2010-present)
Our focus is the discipleship of youth through Bible study, evangelism, and godly fellowship.
Board member (2015-present)
Other duties at Lamplighter: chief counselor to the CEO, internal advisor, conference table worker, devotional leader, audio drama script editor, podcast contributor (or co-host), and consumer of all books, audio dramas, seminars, and Irish marble coasters.
Since graduation from college, I have been involved working in a food service industry. I worked for about 12 years with the company Saga, and another company, Pioneer College Caterers. I contacted Pioneer through an organization called Inter Cristo, which specialized in job placement with Christian organizations. It was when working with Pioneer that Mark and I met at Baptist Bible College & Seminary (now Clarks Summit University). We became friends and lived on the same farm together with our families before Lamplighter launched out in the late 1980s.
I have always been active in the churches I attend. My family moved many times because of work promotions, etc. I seem to always end up on a church board. My first board member involvement was at a church where I was also on the board for their Christian school.
I currently am semi-retired and out of the food service business of which I was manager for over 35 years.
I believe in the Lamplighter ministry and currently am on the book-of-the-month club. I love to read books with good moral foundations and that bring in biblical principles.
I also love to hear the audio stories that the Lamplighter Theatre portrays. It reminds me not just of Focus on the Family audios, but also of the old PGM stories.
Michael J. Etchison
Born 3-21-1947 in Anderson, Indiana
High School Muncie Central 1963-1965 Graduation
Indiana University 1965-1969 Graduate with BS Business Management
Fraternity Officer Rush Chairman 1967
President of IU Student Foundation 1968
Employed Twoson Tool Company 1965-1990 served as Toolmaker Apprentice, Management Trainee 1963-1971, Vice President 1971-1976 and Chairman, President and CEO 1976-1990, Total Employment 243, with 3 plants
1990-Present Chairman and President Etchison Enterprises, Inc.; Real Estate Development and Sales Chairman of Board of Muncie Indiana Chamber of Commerce 1976-1977, Director 1974-1979
United Way Board of Directors 1977-1980
Chairman of Salvation Army Board of Directors Muncie Indiana Chapter
Indiana National Guard Army Reserve 6 years (5 years as a 2nd Lieutenant and Aide De Camp for Brigadier General Army Separated Command)
Christian Conversion January 1975
August 1979 Deacon and then Elder Church Plant at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana now called Revolution Church, 6 pastors and 15 Generations of Leaders and 300 students
1988 Director of Great Commission Ministries Now Reliant, 1990-2005 Board Chairman, 55 Campus Churches US, 45 Worldwide
April 1994-2000 Elder of house church plant of Cypress Church, now named The Crossings
2004-2012 Leader of church plant of Discovery Church Southwest Campus
2012 to Present leader and elder of Harvest Bible Chapel, now Lifebridge Church, Windermere, Florida
2007-2017 Board Member and Chairman of Board of Lamplighter Ministries 2012 to present
Real Estate Developer since 1979- Present in Muncie Indiana, Windermere, Ocoee and Oakland, Florida
2010 to Present, Principle of Millenia-Partners and Development Manager and Sales Associate Commercial Real Estate
Private pilot, instrument and multi-engine rated 1967-present 4800 hours total time, 1100 hours single engine, 3700 multi-engine
Hobbies: golf, tennis, snow skiing, boating, flying, hunting, scuba diving, reading, mentoring young men in Christ 40 years
Dr. Peter Chamberlain
Experienced President with a demonstrated history of working in the philanthropy industry. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Coaching, Entrepreneurship, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Conflict Resolution. Strong business development professional graduated from Florida Baptist College.
BRC Management LLC
Chief Executive Officer, BRC management LLC
BRC MANAGEMENT LLC
Jan 2016 – Present
Windermere, Florida, United States
Chairman of the Board of Directors
B.R. Chamberlain Foundation
Mar 1994 – Present
“Someone is going to make a difference, it might as well be us.” –Dr. Pete Chamberlain 2013
Professor of Business
The Baptist College of Florida
May 2008 – Jan 2016
The most recent class I taught at The Baptist College of Florida was Personal Finance. I enjoy the opportunity to pour my experience and knowledge into these capable and teachable young people.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
Palm Beach Atlantic College
Jan 2004 – Jun 2009
Valencia Community College
Jan 1996 – Jan 1997
Advisory Board Members:
Dr. James Maxwell
Pastor Frank Passetti
David Haldeman Attorney at Law & CPA
Lamplighter Moments Daily Radio Broadcast
Founder & President: Dr. Mark Hamby
Vice President and Chief Editor: Deborah Hamby
Office Administrator: Sarah Prenevost
Shipping: Madison Coulter
Finance Manager: Nakiya Chambers
Production Manager: Peter Fecteau
Marketing Director: Kevin McMillan
Bindery Operation Manager: Peter Fecteau
Bindery Employee: Hannah Worthington
Graphic Arts: Lorraine Larsen
Illustrators: Jennifer Brandon, Lorraine Larsen
Author of Illustrated Books: Deborah Hamby
Editor: Darlene Catlett
Guild Director Assistant: Sarah Prenevost
Lamplighter Theatre Drama Team: John Fornof (Impact Creative Media – Producer, Director, Writer), Allen Hurley (Sound Engineering & Design), John Campbell (Music Composition & Design), Philip Glassborrow (Writer, Producer, Director, Actor), Todd Busteed (Gap Digital – Sound Design), Kathy Buchanan (Writer and Director), Marshall Younger (Writer and Director)
Customer Service Representatives: Mary VanDort
Partner Relations: Lori Jacobs
Curriculum Development: Dr. Beth Ashburn
Support/Development: Cathy Ruchte