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 (Hot springs campus)

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

Lead Pastor (lake hamilton campus)

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.

Dagoberto Suarez

lead Spanish Pastor (hot springs campus)

Dagoberto serves as the Hispanic Pastor for Gospel Light, overseeing all aspects of ministry for the Spanish speaking members of the church. Graduate of Ontario Baptist College, Ontario California and has been involved in Christian service for over thirty-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.

Mo Capaci

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

Jeff oversees the church's business operations, administration, finances, and human resources to help achieve its mission and vision. He has been a member of Gospel Light since 2009 and joined the staff in January of 2020. Jeff and his wife Courtney have been married since 2012 and have adopted three boys, August, Phineas, and Duncan. Jeff enjoys game nights with family and friends, spending time focusing on his health, and most of all being around his family.

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 four children.

Kevin Connor

Discipleship pastor

Kevin began serving as the Discipleship Pastor at Gospel Light in January of 2023. He and his wife, Paula, have been married for 37years and have four married sons who have given them nine grandchildren. Kevin served as an assistant pastor in Texas for 17½ years before moving his family to China where they served as missionaries for almost 15 years. After being forced to return to the USA in 2020, Kevin moved to Hot Springs to teach Bible, Missions, and Discipleship classes at Champion Christian College as well as serve as the registrar. Kevin has a Master’s Degree in Intercultural Studies and is currently pursuing a DM in Advanced Discipleship at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Kevin and Paula love to spend time with their children and grandchildren as well as fellowship with other believers around the Bible and in prayer.

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.

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.

Statement of Faith

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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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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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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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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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Worship is part of the DNA of who we are as a church. When we gather every Sunday, one of the high points of our gathering is the time of worship we share as a community. There have been many times where God has moved greatly in our church as we are all singing praise to Him together. Because of this importance of worship to our church, it is absolutely vital for us to have a foundation of why we worship the way we worship. This worship philosophy is an expression of the worship ministry of Gospel Light for the leadership, volunteers, and church members.