Farewell, Craig!

Dear Friend,

Nine years ago Craig Schweiger became the Executive Director of Light of Life ministries.  From the beginning Craig demonstrated his care for the growth of the organization, he increased our financial stability, and most importantly he wanted to honor Christ through his leadership in our community.

On June 30th, 2020, Craig will be stepping down from his current leadership position at the Mission. Although his position will change he will continue to assist us through counsel and support of key projects as the opportunities present themselves. We are all deeply indebted to Craig for his sacrifice and leadership of Light of Life through our most transformative years.  I am personally grateful for his investment in me as a leader and his support of me to become his successor. Below is a statement from Craig.

Please join me in celebrating Craig’s faithful years of service and pray for God’s continued blessings on his future endeavors. 

-Jerrel T. Gilliam

A Letter from Craig:


I smile when I think back to 2011 when I committed to being the Executive Director at Light of Life Ministries. What I thought was a three-year commitment to help the organization with its real estate relocation needs turned out to be a nine-year journey. That journey proved to be the most rewarding vocation and calling I could have ever imagined, truly a blessing to me and my family! My leadership role at Light of Life will be completed on June 30th of this year. The transition in leadership will be nearly two years in the works. The feat presented incredible challenges due to all the activity in our organization.

For those who are not aware, I left the Executive Director role in September 2018 to become the CEO of Light of Life in order to put my full focus on building relocation and fundraising. Our plan to make the transition positive and continue momentum has been executed well. Our board carried out the six-month process of finding my successor with great prayer and consideration.  As many of you know, our dear brother in Christ, Jerrel Gilliam who possesses a combined 10 years of leadership at Light of Life was awarded the role of new Executive Director. I’m pleased to share that Light of Life has experienced tremendous blessing in the years I have been involved.

I first thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I also thank our staff, our board of directors, and you, our many supporters who have shown endless compassion for the homeless, addicted and lost in our city. I will also remember the nine years I served at Light of Life as the fullest years in terms of my faith and walk with God. I served for a special purpose and that is now complete. I will continue to provide development and construction assistance as our projects continue toward their completion while I attend to some additional non-profit work and development projects through my Joshua House Foundation as well as other business interests.

Soli Deo Gloria!


Doug Smith

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