Joe Castillo
LEAD PASTOR

Joe was born in the Philippines and grew up in Los Angeles and Chicago. Joe first joined Lighthouse in 2000, eventually becoming the Director of Student Ministries in 2002. In 2006, he began working at Orchard Valley Christian Church in Sunnyvale, CA for 7 years. He returned to Lighthouse in 2013 and currently oversees Sunday Worship and Families. Joe is a graduate of the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and Fuller Theological Seminary, and is currently completing his certificate in Spiritual Direction. He and his wife, Christine, have three children, Ayumi, Kazuki and Kiyoshi. Joe enjoys reading, photography, playing the guitar, watching sports, and finding good yogurt places.

joe@lighthousechristian.church

NANCY SUGIKAWA
PASTOR OF DISCIPLESHIP 

Pastor Nancy is a proud graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and Fuller Theological Seminary in Los Angeles. After working as a mechanical engineer in the aerospace industry, Nancy left engineering to help with a church plant in Sunnyvale, CA. She then moved to southern California to complete her M.Div. program and served as an Associate Pastor at NewSong Church in Irvine for 5 years. Nancy joined the Lighthouse staff in 2004 and is currently overseeing global missions and discipleship. Nancy is also an ordained minister with the Evangelical Covenant Church. In her spare time, Nancy enjoys skiing in the winter, biking in the summer, and watching HGTV all year round.

nancy@lighthousechristian.church

MIKE PARK
Executive Pastor

Mike has served in wide-ranging ministry contexts in the past 20+ years, including serving as a missionary in East Asia and also as a pastor leading a young church plant in San Marino, CA. He graduated from Wheaton College and received his M.Div. with focus on cross-cultural studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. In his free time Mike enjoys watching movies and listening to live music. He is married to Grace and they have three daughters, Annika, Kaelyn, and Chloe.

mike@lighthousechristian.church

PAUL HWANG
PASTOR OF STUDENT &
YOUNG ADULT MINISTRIES 

Paul joined the staff of Lighthouse, serving as the pastor of youth and college ministries in June of 2017. He has fulfilled one of his desires in moving out to the west coast, thankful that the Lord has placed him in the Pacific Northwest. Paul hails from the great state of New Jersey, living there for most of his life. He graduated from Rutgers University, with a major in History and a minor in Political Science. Paul went on to study at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts receiving an M.Div. Since 2010, Paul has been involved in youth ministry serving his local church in various areas and connecting with a network of youth and english ministry pastors in the northern New Jersey area. He loves to exercise, mainly to eat good food and enjoys playing sports of all kinds! He loves the Yankees and the New York football Giants, which may not bode well for him here.

paul@lighthousechristian.church

PATTI YONEMURA
DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN'S MINISTRY 

Patti was born and raised in the Seattle area. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Nursing. Her career of 30 + years as a registered nurse was mostly in the Critical Care Unit. Her passion to see children grow in the love and knowledge of Christ, led her to teach Sunday School from the time she was in High School. She was trained in BSF to be a childrens leader and became the Assistant to the Director of Childrens program after 5 years of leading childrens classes. The BSF preparation opened an opportunity to became the Director of the Childrens Ministry (CM) at Lighthouse in 2001. In 2007, her volunteer position became a half-time paid position as she work the other half time in Nursing. Recently, June of 2010, Patti became the full time director of the CM. Patti is married to Tom and they have two grown daughters who both are employed in the collegiate institutions. They both are very involved in ministry and love the Lord. Some of the things Patti likes to do, when there is time, is to knit, jewelry making, cooking, and reading.

patti@lighthousechristian.church

BEN HIGASHI
DIGITAL MEDIA SPECIALIST

Having lived in Seattle his entire life, and attended Lighthouse for most of that, Ben joined Lighthouse staff in 2020 during the COVID pandemic to help the church go virtual. With 5 years of art education at Seattle Pacific University, and 8 years of ministry experience through both Lighthouse and JEMS (Japanese Evangelical Missionary Society), he now works to create Lighthouse’s virtual worship services, as well as their other digital media. In his spare time, he enjoys playing video games with the youth group kids, cooking, drawing, and playing his guitar.

ben@lighthousechristian.church