Mrs. Valerie – “Tay” Henderson Executive Director

My name is Valerie Henderson. My nickname is “Tay”. I was born in the housing projects in New Albany, Indiana into a family of 16 children. My motto in life was to try everything at least once. By the time I was 18 I had pretty much done just that – legal, illegal, destructive and not – I had tried most everything put in front of me, but inside I was miserable. My brother and a close family friend led me to Christ, and on June 5, 1974, I cried out to God to forgive my sins and he gave me a new life. In the early 90’s, my husband, Dan and I started going to The Salvation Army with our ministry program. Just when we were making plans for the opening of The Nehemiah House, a residence for men in the life transition training program, Dan got sick. His wonderful and amazing life ended on January 4, 2004. My time as an Insurance Consultant was over and it was time to take over the ministry and keep it going. Dan would be proud to see the vision God gave him carried out. I currently am a member of Grace Christian Center in Georgetown, KY. We are working on the expansion of our ministry now to include a second building where we will provide support services for women, weekly prayer and support groups, and services not offered elsewhere such as haircuts for the poor and homeless. I am attending City Vision College where I will soon receive a certificate in Non-Profit Management, and plan to continue to attend until I receive a Bachelor’s Degree. I always say, “Do what God tells you, and don’t do anything else until God tells you”.

Adam Smith –  Men’s Director

DSC_4393Adam is a native of Lexington, KY, a member of Northeast Christian Church, and Sunday school teacher. He ran his own automotive business for 25 years, until it all came to screeching halt. During the summer of 2004, sitting in a jail cell, Adam realized he had been doing this his way and it wasn’t working for him anymore. He was able to find his way back through God’s love and mercy, and began spreading God’s love immediately. Being the men’s director is a role he feels he was born for; he draws on his own experiences and self study to craft lessons that teach responsibility and boundaries. Adam has great heart for his ministry and it shows. In the end, he knows that hitting rock bottom was the best thing that could have happened to him. “My pain became my passion,” says Adam. But now, thanks to the work of Lighthouse Ministries, Adam is able to share his lesson and God’s love. “We are all growing together,” he says.


stephanie-werneStephanie Sparks Werne – Dining with Dignity Director

Stephanie is originally from Stanton, Kentucky but has lived in the Central Kentucky area for over 30 years. She is married to the love of her life, Doug whom she met while he was volunteering at the Lighthouse. Stephanie was introduced to Lighthouse Ministries in 2004 and quickly became involved with the ministry and has been a Board Member since 2005. Through difficult life experiences, Stephanie developed a heart for hurting people and desires to see others experience the same healing and wholeness that she has been given by God through the Blood of Jesus.

She is a graduate of Asbury University and is a member of Southland Christian Church. She has also been the Event Coordinator for our Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinners for several years. Stephanie and Doug began developing a format for the Dining with Dignity program in fall of 2015 and opened doors for the program to begin in January 2016. The program began serving three nights a week and has grown to serving five nights per week with the goal of serving seven nights per week. The Dining with Dignity Program is always looking for small groups, life groups, families and individuals to volunteer with the program. If you are interested in volunteering and would like more information about the program, you can contact Stephanie at:


damonDamon Horton – Life Coach 

Damon Horton is a native of Lexington, KY, a family man and a licensed and ordained minister. He is a product of the Fayette County Public School system where he is a graduate of Bryan Station Sr. High School. He served seven years in the United States Military with an Honorable Discharge in 2002. Damon is a Life Coach here at the Nehemiah House, he works with the men of the Nehemiah House in one-on-one sessions and teaches a faith based life skills class called Jobs for Life and instructs Bible study. Damon helps the men make successful changes in their lives as they work through the program. He ensures consistent implementation of the Nehemiah House rules and regulations and also oversees the delivery of quality care to each participants and ensure that services are provided in a manner consistent with the Lighthouse Ministries philosophy, mission, policies, guidelines, and quality goals and objectives.


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