Who We Are

    LIGHT THE WAY Ministry, {fka: Light The Lake} is Missouri’s Largest Free Christian Music Festival.  Our name has changed, but our hearts and mission remain the same, to “Take Church Outside the Walls" Spreading the Light of Jesus Christ.” LIGHT THE WAY Ministry continues to provide the highest caliber of Christian entertainment and value for the benefit of empowering hope for the lost. We exist to glorify God by making disciples who bring the Gospel restoration to our City and World! With our staff and festival volunteers working year-round to bring communities, churches, people, and businesses together for a great cause. Light the Way is an organization operating as a nonprofit under our 501c3. 

   We Started in 2017 with the festival being only a FREE 1-Day event in Stockton, Mo under our old name Light the Lake. Little did we know we would have over 9000 people in attendance. For our second year 2018 we decided to expand the festival for multi-day and then the festival brought in a little over 20,000 people. With this amazing growth, amazing stories of lives that have been changed. Since we started we have seen 1,101 salvations, and looking forward to what God is going to do in 2019!  We are so grateful to the Stockton Chamber of Commerce, City Park and all the generous
people of Stockton who helped us become such a fantastic Free Family Festival in the Ozarks.

    Now to more exciting news… LIGHT THE WAY has moved the Festival to The Greater Springfield Area for 2019! Our new location is Rogersville, Mo inside the Jamestown Area just off of 60 HWY. July 12-13 will be our new days in 2019, and once again this will be a FREE Festival. This year we are requiring our festival goes to register for their FREE tickets. Also we have allowed for an option to purchase VIP tickets for more access of the festival. This year due to the growth comes more cost, and this year we have decided to designate areas for paid parking, which is closer to the main gates although we are still allowing for FREE parking too. Watch for more updates on our Rogersville, MO 2-day Festival on our Facebook page

    Another part of 2019's new and exciting ministry is we are also branching out and expanding our Ministry to multiple locations for special one-day festivals! So far this year we have a 1-Day FREE festival on Saturday, August 10th in Harrisburg, IL called IMPACT 2019, and a 1-Day FREE Festival in Garden City, Mo on Saturday September 7th called Rock the Lake.  Watch our website and Facebook page and stay tuned for more locations, updates and future announcements.

   We are so excited and humbled at what the Lord has done with this Ministry. We can not wait to see you at one of our festivals this year and see what God does with LIGHT THE WAY Ministry for 2019! To God be the Glory.


John Wilson
Festival Director & Your LIGHT THE WAY MINISTRY TEAM