The ‘ol man of the crew I have been bouncing back and forth between P.E.I. to Cape Breton since emigrating to Canada in 1982. For most of those years I have been a pastor, though presently I am teaching at Cape Breton’s one and only, and, super duper Christian School, Munro Academy.
I awakened to the reality of Jesus as a living life giving Spirit about twenty years ago although I have sought him most of my life.
I became part of Lighthouse over three years ago and my wife Marie and I have become increasingly involved. We love the mission, the people, and the staff and volunteers of this fabulous fellowship. Pastor Dave’s vision is magnificent and we will try to help it along as much as we can.
Being Irish we are 98% Capers by shared roots and we love the island and it’s Celtic culture.
While we live in Ross Ferry, Lighthouse is definitely our spiritual home. We only missed getting there because of weather maybe twice in the last three years, and we actually enjoy the hour commute.
I have been married to Marie for well over half of my life!
Natalie MacMaster is a sweet genius, who is our favorite Cape Breton fiddler. We have happily sat in bucketing rain to hear her.
Football is the “Beautiful Game” with nothing to do with the NFL, and actually uses the foot (unlike the NFL) to move the ball (a round one) forward. And there is no greater team that plays that stupendous global sport than Liverpool Football Club!
We have seven wonderful children and eight staggeringly beautiful grand-children, we are a clan.
We love worship music, and are presently really enjoying Bethel’s beautiful songs. But we love Chris Tomlin, Rend Collective, and Hillsong.
Influences: Andrew Murray; Brennan Manning, Paul Ellis, Bill Johnson, and John Wimber.
Favorite things to do: Be with family, read, listen to good music, be up early in the mornings, and speak the Freedom of Christ to open hearts.
David Sawler, Exec Director of Lighthouse and YFC Undercurrent
Along with my wife, Shirley, and three kids we moved back to Glace Bay in the summer of 2005. Shirley grew up in Glace Bay and I lived here much of my teenage years, as well as, in Sydney. Before living here we were in Oakville, ON where I was a youth and young adults minister and mentorship program director. Previously, we were working with youth in Windsor, NS.
Several years ago I started writing and speaking, and now spend several weeks a year talking to youth groups, parents, and churches around Canada and many other countries. However, my heart is here in Cape Breton.
We are dedicated to seeing many new churches started here in Cape Breton, along with several more centres for youth. We are dedicated to seeing community transformation, where this generation can grow up free of addiction, hoplessness, and despair.
Personal Website – www.davidsawler.com
Some Semi Interesting Facts
Hobbies: Guitar, Drums, Skateboarding, Snowboarding, Videographer
Movies: Gladiator, Lord of the Rings, Band of Brothers, Matrix
Favorite Things: Steaks from the Keg, Pizza Buffets, Good Live Music, Chocolate Glazed Krispy Kream Donuts
Mathew & Kristen Warnell
Matthew helps to lead our worship ministries at the Glace Bay and Sydney locations. He is part of the leadership team which has launched Thursday Night Light at our Sydney campus. As well, he and Kristen volunteer ther time to help with the Cape Breton Discipleship Adventure.
Along with helping to make many of our ministries run at Lighthouse, Kristen is also our bookkeeper.
Jodi Stacey – YFC Staff / Cape Breton Discipleship Adventure Director
My love for Glace Bay started in October 2017 on a missions trip, where I witnessed a church making a huge impact on the surrounding community. I never imagined myself moving to a small town on one of the furthest points of Eastern Canada but The Lighthouse Church and the Cape Breton Discipleship Adventure School changed that quickly.
I have known that I wanted to be in ministry for a couple years now and have been waiting for God to open a door in his timing. God has always been apart of my life but he really grabbed my attention when I was attending a leadership school in Los Angeles. For a couple years I was living with one foot in the church and one foot in the world but the leadership school brought me to a point in my walk with God that made me never want to turn back.
I want that same thing for everyone else. My deepest desire and prayer is for everyone to come to a point in their walk with God that makes them so sure of their decision they never want to turn back. I want to see children, youth and young adults be changed by the grace and love of Jesus just like I have been. This is why I am so excited to be apart of The Lighthouse Church and the Cape Breton Discipleship Adventure School.