About us

Growing with God's Vision to the Next Level

Opportunity to grow is always before us.

"but GROW IN THE GRACE AND KNOWLEDGE of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen."
2 Peter 3:18

We are a multi-generational church discipling through community.

To balance being culturally relevant to reach our city with the gospel and remain faithful to the truth found in the Bible

Our mission

We gather together to glorify God, to grow in His likeness, to give from our abundance, and to go into the world, bringing His Kingdom on earth as in heaven.

Meet our beloved pastors

Gospel Light’s ministries could not operate without a group of dedicated followers of Christ who believe and practice servant leadership. Our pastors are made up of such people.

Eric Capaci

Lead Pastor

Eric Capaci became the founding pastor of  Gospel Light Baptist Church in June, 1992. As a young pastor, he led this brand new church plant with a vision to reach Hot Springs, Arkansas and world with the gospel. Today, many worshipers gather weekly as a faith family with the purpose of glorifying God and the mission of making disciples.

Jeremy Horton

Associate Pastor

Jeremy serves as the Associate Pastor at Gospel Light, having united with the pastoral staff in August 2019 after pastoring in Benton, Arkansas. He has served multiple congregations in and out of State as a lead pastor since 1998. At Gospel Light, his primary role is to assist the Senior Pastor with preaching, discipleship, counseling, visiting, and shepherding the Church membership. Additionally, he serves as the Executive Vice President of Champion Christian College, a ministry extension of Gospel Light. Jeremy married the love of his life, Jillian, in 2002. God has blessed their union with four children: Noah, Anna-Kate, Abigail, and Adaline.

Mo Capaci

administrative Pastor/ Student Pastor

Mo is in charge of the Student Ministry at Gospel Light, providing leadership and direction in the lives of our teenagers. After graduating from Champion Baptist College, Mo began teaching at Gospel Light Christian School and helping in the youth ministry, eventually becoming the Student Ministry Pastor in 2015.Mo and his wife, Susanna, have been married since 2014 and have two children, Alayna and M.J. Mo continues to teach in the Christian school and is also the head coach of the Gospel Light Lions basketball teams.

Jeff Manthe

Executive Pastor

The executive pastor oversees a church's business operations, administration, finances, and human resources to achieve its mission and vision.

Jo Capaci

Kid's Light children's pastor

Josiah leads the Children’s Ministry (Kids Light) at Gospel Light, nurturing and developing a heart for worship and love for Jesus Christ. After graduating from Champion Baptist College, Josiah began leading the worship for Gospel Light and did that for almost 4 years. He has since become the Children’s Pastor here in 2018.Jo (Josiah) and his wife, Tiffany, have been married since 2017 and have three children, KJ (Kenneth James, 6) , Bentley (4), and Juliet (newborn).

Ken Reid

Communications ministry director

Ken serves as multi-media designer and director at Gospel Light. He maintains the ministry websites, performs in-house graphic design, along with overseeing the video ministry. Ken joined the Gospel Light staff in 2008 after receiving his master’s degree from a bible college in Santa Clara, California. While in California, he also worked in the media and graphics department at a large Baptist church there. While at college in California, Ken met his future wife, Danyelle. Ken and Danyelle were married in July of 2009. The Reids currently have two daughters, named Nora and Sloane, whom they adore. Ken enjoys playing basketball and golf.

Scott Mercer

Missions Pastor

Scott serves as the Missions Pastor at Gospel Light, overseeing our 18 missionaries around the world. Scott and Kristi joined our staff in 2018 after serving as missionaries in Thailand for five years. They have been married 11 years and have four children; Khloe, Kelsey, Kara, and Max.

Tim Gillespie

GLCS School principal

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Jordan Elkins

Worship pastor

Jordan serves as the Worship Pastor at Gospel Light, planning and leading the music for Sunday worship services and assisting the other music ministries of the church. Jordan joined the Gospel Light staff in August of 2018 after graduating from Champion Christian College. He participated in multiple music ministries in college including leading worship for the college’s weekly chapel. Jordan and his wife McKenzie were married in November 2018. Jordan enjoys playing music, teaching music, writing songs, and drinking quality coffee.

Dagoberto Suarez

Spanish Pastor

Dagoberto serves as the Hispanic Pastor for Gospel Light, overseeing all aspects of ministry for the Spanish speaking members of the church. He is a graduate of a California based bible college and has been involved in Christian service for over twenty-six years. He has previously served as youth pastor, assistant pastor, as well as a senior pastor in two different churches in California before coming to serve at Gospel Light.Pastor Suarez has been married to his wife, Sara, since 1988. They have four children: Judith, Joel, Samuel and Ruth. They have also been blessed with one grandchild, Sara Marie. Bro. Suarez enjoys spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He takes pleasure in seeing people come to the Lord. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and creating things with his hands.

Statement of Faith

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Scripture

We believe that the Bible, composed of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament, is the verbally and plenary inspired word of God and is inerrant, infallible and God-breathed and, therefore, is the final authority for faith and life.  It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.

2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21
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Salvation

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God; but that in Adam’s sin the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God. Man is totally depraved and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition.We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins.We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever.

Romans 3:23-24, 5:12, 5:16, 6:23; Psalms 51:4-5; John 3:16, 14:6; Acts 4:12, 10:43; Ephesians 2:8-9; Colossians 1:13-14; 1 John 5:11-13
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Faith & Practice

Scripture is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. We recognize that the church cannot bind the conscience of individual members in areas where scripture is silent. Rather, each believer is to be led in these areas by the Lord, to whom he or she alone is ultimately responsible. By adhering to God’s Word and seeking Him, we can best observe His greatest commandments, which are to love Him and others.

Romans 12:2, 14; 1 Corinthians 8 & 9, 10:23-11:1; Proverbs 3:5-6; Mark 12:29-31; Romans 12:2; Deuteronomy 6:5
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God

We believe in one triune God, eternally existing in three persons-—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—each co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, coequal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections.

Matthew 28:19; John 14:16-17, 16:23-27; 2 Corinthians 13:14
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Church

We believe that the local church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is solely made up of born-again persons and that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control. We recognize water baptism and the Lord’s Supper as the Scriptural ordinances of obedience for the church in this age.

Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:38-41, 42-47, 38-41; Colossians 1:18; Hebrews 10:24-25, 13:17; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, 12:12-13

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