Pastor Jamie Frazier
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.
Marcus Payne II
Marcus Payne II (he, him, his) was born in Lynwood, IL, and went to North Park University Chicago for his undergraduate degree. In 2018, he graduated with a bachelor's in both Biblical and Theological Studies and Youth Ministry from North Park. He currently holds professional roles as the Assistant Director of Diversity and Intercultural Life at North Park University and is the Director of Discipleship for Covenant Youth Collision. He has been an Assistant Director for two years at North Park and has worked for Covenant Youth Collision in different capacities since my sophomore year in college. When he graduated college, he was hired as a Resident Director at North Park and served in that role for a year and a half.
Marcus has a passion to see young adults and youth learn more about the ways God has created them uniquely. Marcus enjoys building community with the folks around him and has a heart for seeing Black people thrive. He has had opportunities to present at conferences and summer camps to discuss various topics including discipleship, diversity, equity inclusion, and theological discussions on systematic injustices facing marginalized communities.
Marcus met his spouse at North Park University and her name is Miranda Lonzo (she, her, hers)! They have been married for four years and have been attending Lighthouse Church of Chicago since January 2020. They look forward to continuing to serve and help the church any way they can.
Lighthouse Foundation Liaison to Lighthouse Church
Originally from Birmingham, AL, James Thomas earned his Bachelors of Science in Biology from the University of Alabama and his Masters of Science in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University.
Throughout his career in higher education and student affairs, James has always worked to empower those whom society has disenfranchised while dismantling oppressive systems.
James has a passion for helping those society tells not to be heard to find their voice.
Alongside fighting isms through reflection, deconstruction, and empowerment, James enjoys diving into the world of music, discussing the art of the reality show confessional hand choreography, and continuing his search for authentic Southern food and vibes in Chicago.
Director of Voice of Light
Raymond Wise began his performance career at the young age, appearing in his first professional production at age 9. Ever since, he has been able to captivate audiences with his charisma, uniqueness, and high energy across the world.
Performing in Europe, South America and completing a 3 year residency in Japan, he combines his experiences of traveling with the joys of living, learning, laughing and loving. Having a degree in Theatre and experience as a musician, vocal arranger, composer and producer he has orchestrated shows that woo audiences with perfect blends of old and new music, and the contagious feeling of joy all while giving you top of the line entertainment with style, grace and passion.
Group Leader, 20/30 Somethings Life Group
Jade is an Austin, Texas native and moved to Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood in 2019. Her passion for cultivating inclusive, uplifting, and approachable spaces—without skipping on the vibes—led her to begin leading the 20/30s Life Group in 2020. She loves Lighthouse because of its dedication to building our community and remaining faithfully visible in a world that looks to silence us. In Jade’s playlist, you’ll find artists like Masego, H.E.R., and Syd.