Pastor Ricardo W. Payne is the founding pastor of Lighthouse Baptist Church in Southeast Washington D.C. Pastor Payne has led the church over 13 years. He continues to remain steadfast in the ministry focusing on reaching the world for Christ.
Raised in Washington, NC, he believes in preaching and teaching, and most importantly, living the Word of God.
Pastor Payne has been married to Mrs. Mary L. Smallwood Payne for 41 years and believes God ordained their union from the moment he met her under the infamous pecan tree. He is the father of 7 children, 16 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.
Pastor Payne has served with the President of the United States and his senior White House Staff, and the White House Communications Agency.
He has received numerous awards for his years of service in the military, government and private industries.
He is the honored recipient of the 2018 Praise 104.1 Annual Pastoral Community Impact Award for the Washington D.C region, Presidential Service Badge, Office of the Secretary of Defense Service Badge, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, and Good Conduct Medal.
While many accomplishments outline the life of Pastor Payne, the one that matters most is his service for the Lord. His favorite words to share are: “I want to have lived a committed life”