Make new friends and build community in one of Lighthouse Foundation’s life groups, which meet throughout the month.
Group Leader, 20/30 Life Group Leader
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.
Marcus Payne II
Associate Pastor, 20/30s Life Group Leader
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.
50+ Life Group Leader
Michael Stone is the Legal Director for the Center for Disabilty & Elder Law (CDEL). As Legal Director, Michael ensures the high quality of CDEL’s legal services, supervises the work of staff attorneys, interns and volunteer attorneys. He partners with the Executive Director on the development of legal strategies for CDEL. Michael also represents clients in certain matters.
Michael began his legal career at the law firm of Kirkland and Ellis as an associate attorney in the firm’s corporate department. He later served as General Counsel for the Cook County Assessor’s Office and Chief Deputy Assessor of the Cook County Assessor. He has also served as Chief of Staff to the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. Prior to joining CDEL, Michael was an attorney in private practice.
Michael has served as a Keystone Leader for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Preservation Compact, a MacArthur Foundation and Urban Land Institute led task force on preserving affordable housing. He was also a member of Mayor Richard M. Daley’s Task Force on Property Tax Reform.
Michael attended Harvard University as an undergraduate and earned a degree as a double major in Government and Economics with cum laude distinction. He earned his Juris Doctorate from The University of Chicago Law School.
50+ Life Group Leader
Darryl Robinson (he, him, his), has been attending Lighthouse Church of Chicago UCC for seven years. Earning a B.A. from Columbia College Chicago, Darryl is a retired substitute teacher from Chicago Public Schools. As a gay man with a disability, he has always been active in issues that improve the quality of life for people who are disabled. He has volunteered with Access Living and networks with colleagues who stay active and engaged concerning self-determination.
As a Southside Christian, he looks forward to tending to our flock who are 50+. He plans to continue to affirm the good news of the gospel and hopes to continue our positive outlook on aging. Darryl would like to stay on course with the hope of focusing on the community’s well-being, self-care, and attending artistic events in public and private spaces.