Jeff & Gail Wall
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.
Partner / Promotions
Rory Comtois is a Pastor, Worship leader, singer, songwriter , producer and concert promoter with a unique anointing for worship.
He grew up in Boston, Massachusetts where he began his music ministry at the age of 15. At 18, he accepted his first worship leader position.
At 19 years old Rory was offered the “chance of a lifetime “when he signed a six-year recording contract with Johnny Wright, manager of notable artists such as N-Sync, Britney Spears, Aaron Carter, the Backstreet Boys, Jonas brothers, Janet Jackson etc. But God was calling Rory to bring glory to His name, not his own. After a short period of time he broke the contract with the understanding that God had something better in mind for his life. Gain the Whole world but lose his Soul.
Rory has worked For Free Chapel, Jentezen Franklin ministries for 5 years as worship pastor. He worked for Pastor Clint brown for 2 years as Worship Pastor. He has helped start creative arts worship schools and mentored and trained several Worship leaders around the world. He has had the awesome opportunity to be on stage and minister with Planet Shakers, Eddie James, Jason Crabb, Mac Powell, Clint Brown, Trent and Keisha Cory, John and Joslyn Brockman, Higher ground. And others. Rory has also ministered with TF Tenny, Madonna Massey, Ed and Lisa Young, Vicki Yohe, Brazilian artist such as Ana Paula Valadao, Gilmar Britto, Leonardo Goncalves and several others. The past 3 years Rory has had the awesome opportunity to lead worship at the Feast of Tabernacles in Israel ICEJ.ORG. Rory currently works at Bethel harvest church in Lexington KY where he serves as Worship pastor and creative arts director.
Rory is married to Michelle Comtois and has three handsome boys Bryson 16, Cameron 12, & Zion 5 years old. They have been married for 17years.
Marcia Mitchum is a Kentucky girl, y’all, rural living with her husband, Gary, in small town USA
and a member of Grace Awakening Church in the capital city of Frankfort.
Born into a musically gifted family, The River Rock Festival fuels her desire to praise and worship in the most natural way, while serving others in the process.
With a heart for global missions, Marcia sits on the stateside board of Acts Mission International where she is currently involved in a church plant initiative in Jamaica.
When God answered a Jabez prayer to expand her territory, she joined the staff of Awake Ministries. Through their Open Door of Hope division – a gospel driven recovery facility – she serves as the Director of Women’s Ministries.
Kevin comes to River Rock as a veteran youth minister with a heart for domestic missions and to see the body of Christ come together as one. Receiving his Masters of Christian Leadership from Asbury Theological Seminary, Kevin is former ministry coordinator for the Ichthus Music Festival and founder of Co-laboring Community, (a partnering organization for disaster relief and local ministries). As a “non-methibapticostal,” coach, pastor, and father of three, Kevin has seen when we work together in Christ, “signs and wonders follow.”
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.
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.
Michael & Laurie Poor
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.
John and Michelle Kalogrides
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.