Our Leadership


Pastor Jamie Frazier

Lead Pastor of Lighthouse Church of Chicago


Reverend Jamie Frazier, affectionately known as Pastor J, loves working at the intersection of race, sexuality, and religion.  He attended Vanderbilt University for his undergraduate studies on a full-tuition scholarship.  A celebrated orator, Jamie addressed the historic March on Springfield for Marriage Equality, as well as helped open the 2014 LGBTQ Youth Homelessness Summit with words of encouragement and hope. He’s appeared on CNN And several local Chicago news affiliates, been featured in Newsy, and his church work was referenced in The Washington Post. Pastor J has keynoted and presented workshops at various academic institutions ranging from The University of Chicago to DePaul to Loyola University.  His passion and hard work was recognized by Chicago Theological Seminary when he received the inaugural 2017 Bayard Rustin Award for Outstanding Service and Commitment to the Work of Social Justice. Lastly, in 2019 Rev. Frazier organized a movement for Black Queer liberation into an organization Lighthouse Foundation, which is a non-sectarian, nonprofit social justice organization that advances justice for Black LGBTQ+ people across Chicagoland through empowerment, education, and entertainment.

Michael Copple

Stewardship Group Leader, Pastor Advisory Committee (PAC) Member

Michael was born and raised in Sparta, Illinois. He loves being a part of Lighthouse because it allows him to be free. He can be the exact person God made him to be. If Michael could be a celebrity for a day, he would be Oprah for two reasons: She’s very influential, and he would love to be that rich for one day!

Sofia Garfias-Yi

Evangelism Coordinator

Sofia was born in Austin, Texas and spent much of her childhood between Taiwan, Mexico, and the United States. Her family eventually settled down in the Chicagoland area, where she’s lived ever since. She loves Lighthouse because of the passion the members have for God, each other, and their community. Sofia has many favorite TV shows, but recently she’s been hooked on The Great British Baking Show. 

Les Everett

Group Leader, 50+ Life Group

Les was born and raised in Asheboro, North Carolina. He loves the inclusiveness, diversity, and the spirit of joy and love he finds at the Lighthouse. If Les could travel anywhere, he would go to Africa. Les finds that travelling is a wonderful cultural experience, and he loves it! But more than that, this desire reflects his primary interest and hobby in tracing his ancestry and family history. 

Denice Chiles

Group Leader, Couples Life Group

Denice was born and raised on the south side of Chicago.  She loves Lighthouse because it’s the only church that she has ever attended where she is welcomed as her true self without conditions or silence. Denice’s favorite movie is The Godfather, and if she could travel anywhere, she would go to Thailand. An interesting fact about Denice is that her great aunt is Loraine Hansberry who wrote A Raisin in the Sun.