Jeff & Gail Wall

Owners

My wife Gail and I are the founders of The Lighthouse Events.
We both were raised in California with families who love the Lord.

I met Gail after I finished commercial fishing in Alaska and she completed playing volleyball at the University of Washington. We met through our church singles group and married in 1994. After my years in Alaska I was offered a job in Christian radio. For 20 years I helped make radio networks grow with stops at Family Radio, Calvary Chapel, K-LOVE, Air1 Radio and many others. In 2007 we felt the Lord calling us to Maine to be a part of a local ministry, So in the summer of 2007 we loaded up our car and moved our family across country. We have three children, Jessica (16), Rachel (11) and Cody (9).

One year later our job plans had changed and we found ourselves wondering why God had brought us to Maine. It was August 2008 about 2am when we both decided we should start The Lighthouse Events. And so with a flick of a switch, The Lighthouse Events had begun. Our first show was in late September 2008 with artist Laura Story, and thus began our great adventure.

Since the start we have developed great friends all over the Northeast and Eastern Canada. We have had the opportunity to visit over 1,000 churches to share what we are doing. In a year and half we have facilitated more than 350 concerts. We have had the opportunity to bring such Christian Musicians as Matthew West, Bebo Norman, Natalie Grant, John Waller, MercyMe and many, many more in concert to Maine, New Brunswick, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. We are looking forward to seeing how God is going to use TLE. Our hopes are that people will be encouraged, people will use our events to reach out to family, friends, neighbors and co-workers, and people will be drawn to Christ.

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Courtney Grippo

Festival Intern

Courtney Grippo is excited to be an intern with The Lighthouse Events. She is from Burnt Hills, NY and is a student at Houghton College (a Christian College in Western, NY). Courtney is majoring in Music Business & Recording Arts and will graduate in 2018 with a B.S. degree. She has taken recent courses in Music Industry, Artist Management & Development, Sound & Recording, Digital Video, Digital Photography, Pro Tools, and Business Communications. She completed a mission’s trip with her varsity tennis team in the Dominican Republic with Score Intl., and she works at her college’s pool as a lifeguard and swim instructor.

Courtney has assisted artist road crews with load in/out and stage set up at Toby Mac, Natalie Grant, Tenth Avenue North, and Michael W Smith concerts, a Women of Worship Conference (featuring Laura Story), and she provides sound, tech, and media arts support for college campus events and worship services.

Last summer, Courtney completed an internship with Northway Church in Clifton Park, NY working with the worship director, the sound engineer, and the video production team. For 3 summers, she attended Camp Electric (A Worship and Rock & Roll Camp) as a vocal student in Cedarville, Ohio learning from Tauren Wells, Sheri Gould, Toby Mac, Bernard Harris, Byron (Mr. Talkbox) Chambers, B. Reith, and others. She also twice attended the Christian Musician Summit in Buffalo, NY.

Courtney often vacations in, and visits family in, Western and coastal Maine.

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Ben & Jada Kouba

Brand, Web & Ticketing

Ben and his wife, Jada, live in southern Maine with their three children. They are members at The Rock Church, along with Jeff and Gail Wall.

After graduating from Cedarville University in 2008, Ben and Jada moved from Ohio to Connecticut to Delaware, finally settling in Maine. They are committed to following Jesus in life, family, and business.

Ben is thrilled to be play a founding role in the River Rock Festival! He is responsible for managing the website and brand for the festival. Ben also has an ongoing role as the webmaster and designer for The Lighthouse Events.

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Rick & Mai Provost

Managers of Strategic Partnerships

Rick and Mai Provost have been married for two years in a Christ-centered Marriage and are active members of Christian Hill Community Church, West Warwick, R.I. They are focused on growing Gods Kingdom through the power of Music Ministry specifically by creating Ministry and Business partners in order to showcase these great partners at The Lighthouse Events Contemporary Christian Concerts. Rick also owns and operates Rock Productions with Mai’s support, in order to co-promote Christian Concerts in conjunction with The Lighthouse Events in Southern New England. Rick and Mai reside in Warwick, R.I. and Rick has two daughters; Cinzia 16 and Alessia 11 that Mai is lovingly assisting as step-parent.

Rick has almost 30 years business experience in brand building, marketing/promotions, event management / promotion and Sponsoring Partnership activation. From 2010-2015 Rick helped create the CES MMA brand and grow the CES Boxing brand as these companies reached the number 1 status of Combat Sports Promotion in New England! During his tenure with CES, Rick served as the Brand Building and Partnership activation director creating high six figures in overall sponsoring partnerships. From 1998 until 2010 Rick traveled the world on the PGA TOUR creating Sponsoring partnerships, producing and consulting on television shows, commercials and infomercials as well as coaching and representing the top golfers in the world. From 1987-2004 Rick created and built a chain of health clubs in Rhode Island; Suburban Fitness Center and started the FIRST Professional Personal Training company ever in Rhode Island!

Mai is the Executive Administrative assistant to The Director of The Gaming and Combat Sports Commission for the Mashantucket Pequot tribe at Foxwoods and oversees the Fighter medical clearances for World Championship Boxing and MMA at Foxwoods. Rick and Mai share their love for the Lord, Family and trips to Rhode Island Beaches as well as their female Boxer Dog aptly named-Adrian from their joint experience in the sport of Boxing.

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Michael & Laurie Poor

Production Managers

Michael and Laurie Poor were both brought up in the Foursquare Church Michael in Illinois, Laurie in Maine. The met at LIFE Bible College East in Christiansburg ,VA. They have been married for almost 25 years they have 3 adult children and one granddaughter. They have been working with The Lighthouse Events since 2009 working at concerts in Maine, Massachusetts and New Jersey. Michael is a graduate of Central Bible College with a BA in Pastoral Studies and is a Correctional Officer at the Maine State Prison. Laurie is an office assistant for the State of Maine Public Health Nursing.

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Steve Dyer

Head of Security

Steve and his wife Amy grew up in Rockland, Maine but have lived and worked up and down the East Coast from Maine to Florida. In 2006 they moved back to Maine with their two children, Ryan and Meaghan. They live in Auburn and are members of East Auburn Baptist Church.

Steve owns a personal protection company here in Maine and is a college professor of criminal justice. He was a police officer for many years before going into private investigations and security. He trains individuals and church security teams on situational awareness, empty hand defense, defensive firearms, executive protection, surveillance techniques, access point control, monetary movement protection, and many other skills.

Steve has led security teams in Florida for bands like DC Talk, Jars of Clay, Audio Adrenaline, Third Day, among many others. He has provided executive security for Promise Keepers, Road 2 Jerusalem, and a number of individual clients.

Steve began working with Jeff and Gail in the early years of Lighthouse Events.

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John and Michelle Kalogrides

Merchandise Coordinators

John and Michelle Kalogrides live in CT and have been married for 34 years, they have three adult children and five grandchildren. John and Michelle have been dedicated Christians all their married life.

They have served separately in church ministries; John has served as a Royal Ranger leader through the Assemblies of God and served on the sectional staff for the Rangers, youth ministry helper and a church board member. Michelle has served as a leader in the Missionettes club through the Assemblies of God, youth helper, VBS helper, and for the past two years had served on the Women’s Ministries board at the church they attend. They have also been active in their local town; John helped coach baseball, and was part of the marching band pit crew, town committee member. Michelle served two terms on the local Board of Education and five years on the Education Foundation, town committee member, town Arts Commission member, and for five years was the local chapter leader for the National Day of Prayer.

Being part of Lighthouse Events gives us the opportunity to serve together in ministry, and help bring Christian music to the New England area. This is our passion because we know the power of music; but Christian music brings encouragement and refreshes the soul.

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Joe McKenney

Photographer

Joe lives with his wife, Jill, and two children, Griffin & Emmie, in Biddeford, Maine. He operates a full service portrait studio there with his Sister in Law Amie. Joe’s passion for christian music began back in 2003 when he attended a festival and was introduced to Jeremy Camp and Audio A. Since then Joe has photographed countless concerts through the years, and is excited about the increased presence of Christian Music in Maine. “I am truly blessed to be able to combine two of my passions and have the opportunity to capture images of these inspirational musicians” Joe is very involved in his community and church. As a volunteer photographer for Harvest Magazine, he helps create their cover images for each issue. He serves as chairperson of his local Recreation Commission & The Biddeford Dog Park, board of directors for The Heart of Biddeford, and is the past Chair of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. even through his business, Joe tries to give back whenever he can, donating to many local auctions, and participating in Help Portrait day each Holiday season, providing free portraits to families in need. Living by the words from a Jeremy Camp Song ” I will Walk By faith Even When I Cannot See”, Joe truly believes in the power of generosity and love.

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Toddy Bear

Transportation Manager

Toddy Bear lives in Farmington, CT and has been involved with The Lighthouse Events from the very beginning. He attends Crossroads Community Cathedral in East Hartford, CT where he plays an active role in several Church ministries and volunteers monthly at a local nursing home. Toddy has been working in the Insurance industry for the past 27 years. His interests include all outdoor activities such as, hiking, biking, white water rafting, ziplining and kayaking. Toddy is super excited to be part of the River Rock Festival Team in a role he is very familiar with.

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Pete Maraday

Logistics Manager

Pete is originally from New Windsor, New York. He now lives in Montgomery, New York with his wife Barbara of 23 years. They have 3 children and have been members of Bread of Life Assembly of God Church in Bullville, New York for 15 years where they have participated in a variety of ministries during that time.

Pete retired from the U.S. Air Force in January of 2006 after 24 years of service where he worked as an Aircraft Data Systems Analyst, Database Manager and Logistics Manager. For the past 11 years he has been employed with the Point of Sale Software Company, Aptos, where he’s worked in Solutions Implementation and as a Technical Support Analyst.

Pete’s been involved with The Lighthouse Events since January 2015. He was immediately drawn to the ministry after becoming familiar with it and seeing the impact it’s having in the Northeast and beyond for Jesus Christ. After having the opportunity to experience Lighthouse concerts, assisting the ministry became a clear calling and an obvious next step. He and Barbara also volunteer with Faith House Ministries in New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley.  “Working with Lighthouse has been an incredible blessing and I look forward to seeing how God will continue to use this ministry in the future.”

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Michael Spokony

Volunteer Coordinator

Mike was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. He worked on Wall St, where he met Janet, and they have been married for over 40 years. Early in their marriage, they moved to Southern NJ, where they still reside. Together they have raised three children, two boys and one girl. Mike is a Financial Advisor for a large Wall St firm, and has been an Elder in a local Church since 2002.

“I am very happy to be involved with The Lighthouse Events. After attending a Newsboys concert near home, which was promoted by Lighthouse, I reached out to Jeff and Gail. They explained their ministry to me, and I soon became an investor. I have also been involved as a volunteer at several of their concerts, and look forward to many more. With so many churches in decline these days, I see contemporary Christian music as an awesome portal to bring the message to the masses, particularly to our young people. May God continue to bless, and help expand the reach of The Lighthouse Events!”

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