Lighthouse Ministries, Inc.

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Lighthouse Ministries began in 1977 to aid the poor, homeless, and at-risk in Polk County. Since then, we have helped men, women, and children get off the streets, find the Lord, and rejoin society.

Lighthouse Ministries is set apart by the Spirit of God to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ to meet the physical, emotional, and other needs of the poor and at-risk population. Our services include residential programs, feeding and sheltering the homeless, and outreach centers within our thrift stores to assist low-income and at-risk families in West Central Florida. It is our pleasure to serve the community by providing needed products and clothing at reasonable prices at Lighthouse Ministries in West Central Florida. Locations include Lakeland, Winter Haven, Auburndale, Plant City, and Brandon.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Lighthouse Ministries, Inc.
PO Box 3112
Lakeland, FL 33802


Phone: 863-687-4076


Organization details

EIN: 591722768

CEO/President: Steve Turbeville

Chairman: Ashley Troutman

Board size: 11

Founder: Jim Welch and Carl Warnock

Year founded: 1978

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2006


Our vision is for the individuals we serve to achieve an overall outcome of God's peace, life purpose, and fulfillment of potential.

Mission statement

Lighthouse Ministries is set apart by the Spirit of God to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ to meet the physical, emotional, and other needs of the poor and at-risk population.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating262 of 81761 of 150
Fund acquisition rating328 of 81763 of 150
Resource allocation rating326 of 81767 of 150
Asset utilization rating330 of 81772 of 150

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$867,256$677,946$712,143$654,344$640,882
Short-term investments$12,349$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,186,186$954,862$926,802$894,778$795,118
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$5,596,284$5,768,319$5,991,866$6,224,954$6,575,846
Other long-term assets$39,161$96,158$176,421$253,267$483,085
Total long-term assets$5,635,445$5,864,477$6,168,287$6,478,221$7,058,931
Total assets$6,821,631$6,819,339$7,095,089$7,372,999$7,854,049
Payables and accrued expenses$288,332$285,957$512,685$401,025$259,684
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$288,332$285,957$512,685$401,025$259,684
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$4,519,782$4,198,109$4,462,597$4,568,267$4,902,995
Total liabilities$4,808,114$4,484,066$4,975,282$4,969,292$5,162,679
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$0$325,604$405,732$340,804$424,484
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$2,013,517$2,335,273$2,119,807$2,403,707$2,691,370
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$3,965,600$3,892,307$3,334,377$3,655,925$3,849,662
Program service revenue$121,357$29,185$38,044$127,479$125,458
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income($36,803)$0$12$6,087$10,613
Other revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$84,554$29,185$38,056$133,566$136,071
Total revenue$4,050,154$3,921,492$3,372,433$3,789,491$3,985,733
Program services$3,513,828$3,062,142$3,093,373$3,406,403$3,690,530
Management and general$523,686$360,348$347,796$361,334$371,628
Total expenses$4,371,077$3,706,026$3,656,333$3,993,474$4,336,066
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)($320,923)$215,466($283,900)($203,983)($350,333)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($320,923)$215,466($283,900)($203,983)($350,333)


Steve TurbevillePresident/Ce$90,042

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 1/11/2021. To update the information below, please email:


Ministries such as Lighthouse Ministries are not created overnight. They start with an available spirit, an idea, a vision, a plan, and a step of action. This is the story of how Lighthouse Ministries began, and a story of how Carl Warnock and Jim Welch's choice to be available to God not only impacted their lives, but also impacted the lives of others.

In the mid 1970s, Carl Warnock, a businessman in Lakeland, was asked to counsel a young man who was interested in starting a homeless shelter. Carl had visited a shelter in the Tampa area and knew that location was a key step in the process. Carl agreed to help the young man. They discovered many locations, but they weren't the right ones. The locations were too far from the city and the transient population. "You need to be down around where the transients hang out," Carl told him.

The young man needed to bring a shelter to the people. He needed a location near the train stations and bus terminals. Soon, a former liquor store and bar located on the corner of Kentucky Avenue and Bay Street - the heart of Lakeland's transient community - was chosen.

Carl had allowed himself to be used by God in helping the young man fulfill his vision for a shelter. Carl spoke with the property owner about purchasing the building, and he agreed. However, he had one condition: Carl had to take responsibility for the building in case the young man was unable to open the shelter. Carl agreed.

Putting his trust in God, Carl informed the young man that he was successful in purchasing the property, but the young man had bad news: He was not going to be able to open the shelter. His church and other supporters had decided not to back him up in his efforts at the time. In a matter of moments, Carl found himself standing outside of a rundown liquor store that he was now the sole owner of.

Standing there at the corner of Kentucky and Bay, Carl immediately called his friend Jim Welch, a judge and practicing lawyer. He asked him to come down and see the building. When Jim got there, Carl explained what happened. Jim looked at Carl and responded, "God's using you. He knows you're available."

"It's not about ability or inability. It's about availability." It didn't matter if Carl and Jim had the ability or inability to run a shelter. God only asks that people make themselves available to be used as tools to accomplish His will. Carl and Jim were available.

That day, both Carl and Jim stood on the street corner and prayed. They prayed thanking God for the journey they were about to take. They prayed for guidance in the days to come. They prayed to be used by God in a way that would help others.

In 1977, the former liquor store opened as the new Lakeland Lighthouse Rescue Mission. Dedicated to reaching the least, the last, and the lost for Jesus Christ, the ministry grew and later became Lighthouse Ministries, Inc.

Today, Lighthouse Ministries, Inc. continues its fight against homelessness by providing food, clothing, shelter, and various programs to the homeless communities of Central Florida.

Program accomplishments


When you give of your time and resources, your impact reaches far beyond what the eye can see...

Your support provides shelter, clothing, job training, counseling, case management, recovery programs, childcare which includes community preschool and a kid care after school program, spiritual training and nutritious meals...

It provides transportation, domestic violence safe haven, adult education, dorm life for college and vocational training...

It provides work-internship in one of our five Family Stores, employment, career advancement, personal financial management, leadership training and life skills...

It provides decision-making and problem solving, parenting, anger management, grief management and more!