Our Family

Here you will find different staff members of our congregation that work endlessly to help our Church spread the Word of God to our community.

Core Values

Core Values

Spirit empowered – being the people God called us to be
Family – emphasizing the value of relationships (1st time you’re a visitor, 2nd time you’re family)
Called to serve – every person has God-giving plan and purpose (Eph. 4:12)
Biblical truth – teaching biblical doctrines that transform people lives
Outreach – meeting the needs of people in our community
Inviting – helping new people connect with others in the church
Value all people – everyone matters to God and to us
Missions – supporting missions near and afar (Matt. 28:19)


Lead Pastor

Pastor Craig Burton

Pastor Craig Burton grew up in rural Wisconsin.  Upon graduating from High School in 1994 Craig attended his final Summer Bible Camp. It was here that he felt the strong call of God to become a Pastor.

Pastor Craig Burton grew up in rural Wisconsin.  Upon graduating from High School in 1994 Craig attended his final Summer Bible Camp.  It was here that he felt the strong call of God to become a Pastor.  He immediately enrolled in North Central Bible College.  While attending Bible College full time Craig served as the Youth Pastor at Calvary Assembly of God in Wilson, Wisconsin, not far from his hometown, where he served until 2004.

Craig graduated from North Central Bible College in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1998. He and his wife, Cristi Burton, have been married for 25 years. Together, they have five children. In 2004, he and his family moved to Desert Hot Springs, two years later, they moved to Yucca Valley in Morongo Basin.

In his free time, Craig loves spending time with his family and friends and watching football. Being a Wisconsin native, there is no doubt, he is a huge Green Bay Packers fan.

Pastor Craig Burton currently serves as the Lead Pastor at Lighthouse Christian Center.   In his day job, he is the president of Crown Contracting at Yucca Valley, CA.

Pastor Emeritus

Pastor Robert Porter

Pastor Robert Porter

My twin brother and I were born in Lexington, Nebraska, November 13,1949. We have four sisters and one more brother.

  • Called into ministry when I was fourteen years old
  • After graduating from Adams Central High School in Hastings, Nebraska in 1968, I went to Central Bible College in Springfield, Mo.
  • Upon graduation from Central Bible College in 1972 I returned with my family to Nebraska and became the Pastor of Calvary Assembly of God in Alliance. My wife and I pastored the church in Alliance for 11 years. We resigned in October of 1983 and moved our family to Grand Island Nebraska.
  • In January of 1985, we planted a new church in the city of Grand Island, Nebraska and spent 2 ½ years building the congregation there.
  • We resigned in August of 1987 and moved our family to California and in October I took the position of Outreach Pastor at Covina Assembly of God in Covina, CA and remained at Covina Assembly until August of 1994.
  • From 1995 to 2007 I was an Assistant Pastor at several small churches in San Dimas and Corona. In September 2007, my wife and I became the Senior Adult Pastors at New Hope Family Worship Center in Corona, CA.
  • February 10, 2013 we were installed as the Pastors at Joshua Tree Lighthouse Christian Center in Joshua Tree, CA.
  • We have been so blessed by the Lord during our years of ministry and we are so thankful that we have had the opportunity to be used of the Lord to guide people into a deep understanding of how God has called everyone to be a part of the family of God.

Worship Leader / Youth Pastor

Pastor Mark Burton

An electrician by day and pastor by night, Pastor Mark Burton was called into ministry when he was a young teenager.

While attending a Bible Camp in Northern Wisconsin, he saw a need for service. At the time, nobody was serving, so from that point on, he dedicated himself to introducing more youth to Jesus.

Mark graduated from the North Central University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with a major in Evangelism and a minor in Youth Ministry. Mark and his wife, Joy Burton, have been married for 14 years. Joy is a registered nurse and Mark is an electrician at Crown Contracting. They share 3 boys, ages four, eight, and eleven.

In 2006, Pastor Mark and his family moved to Yucca Valley, where they started attending the Lighthouse Christian Center. At the time, the church was very small, and only one pastor was performing every role in the church. Mark decided to step in and volunteered to lead worship. During his time at the center, he also started a youth group.

In his spare time, Mark loves playing board games. He is also very enthusiastic about technology, so many call him a techie. Mark is self-motivated; in 2008, he taught himself to play guitar because he believed it would help him lead worship.

Our Vision

Guiding people by light of Christ

Guiding people by light of Christ

“The people living in darkness have seen a great light…”

Matthew 4:16

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