Local Church Ministry Coordinator



The Lightbourne family have served in the islands of Bermuda with Word of Life since 1998. Edward "Ed" is of Bermuda and Caribbean origins and his lovely wife Socorro is of Hispanic American descent. How did this union in Christ come about?

It started in 1987 when they met at Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga Tennessee. They were on different academic paths for the Lord's service, but each caught the eye of the other.

After much courting & persuasion by Ed, they got married in 1989 and settled in the Chattanooga area. In 1990 God blessed them with their a son, Stephen. Their stay in Chattanooga was short lived and in June of 1991 they relocated in Edward's home country of Bermuda. In December of that same year, God blessed them with a daughter, Samantha.

The Lightbournes choose to serve with Word of Life because Ed is a graduate of the Word of Life Bible Institute and The School of Youth Ministries. It was in this ministry that he grew to love the Lord, and develope a passion for reaching youth with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Lord impressed on his heart the need of reaching future generations for Christ through Evangelism and Discipleship.

God has blessed us as a family in seeing many young people come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ these past 16 years. He has stretched us beyond our comfort zone and caused us to mature in Him.

We thank God for the numerous prayers and friends who keep us on the mission field. The best is still yet ahead! We invite you to seek us out and become a partner with us in the ministry.





More biblical teaching - 36.8%
More affordable rates - 21.1%
Something else - 7.9%
More parental involvement - 13.2%

General Statement

The purpose of Word of Life Fellowship International is the evangelization and discipleship of youth through various means consistent with the Holy Scriptures to strengthen and build up the church of Jesus Christ.


Our goal is not only to provide a quality discipleship program, but also leadership training. Word of Life missionaries work closely with local church pastor, youth pastor, and lay leaders to provide leadership training throughout the year. This is done through orientation classes, planning sessions, training seminars, and period club visits.


Our goal is to reach the youth of your area through the local church.