Lighthouse Charlottesville was founded as the First United Pentecostal Church of Charlottesville and the inaugural meeting of the assembly was held on May 12, 1972 in the old Mayo Chapel building on Avon St. Extended. Rev. David L. Hale pastored the flock from 1972 until 1979, during which time the church moved from its original location to our current campus, north of the city, off Proffit Rd.
On November 20, 1997, Rev. & Mrs. William R. Love Sr. were elected to fill the role of Senior Pastor and our church began to experience exponential growth! It was under their leadership that our name was changed from Apostolic Lighthouse Church to Lighthouse Worship & Family Center, construction was initiated and completed on the William R. Love Sr. Family Center, and property was purchased to expand our campus to accommodate an ever-growing congregation.
In the Spring of 2013, Pastor Love publicized his intention to retire from full-time pastoral ministry and, in September of the same year, Rev. & Mrs. Chris Fitzwater were elected to fill the vacated position.