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Doug Fisher fulfilled his life’s ambition when he was commissioned a lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in 1976. Yet, his further ambitions of advancement in the military were changed forever when he trusted Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour in 1979 while serving at Parris Island, South Carolina.
He began attending an independent Baptist Church and enrolled in its Bible institute. Although a quiet and reserved young man, he soon felt that God was calling him to the mission field. The hardest decision of his life to that point, and one that baffled and even angered his unsaved extended family, was that of resigning his commission in the Corps. But into the midst of this personal storm, God gave peace and joy.
Only 11 months after he was saved, Doug Fisher joined another missionary on an epic adventure to the mission field. The pair had decided that a sailboat would be a valuable tool in their effort to reach the lost living in the islands of the South Pacific, so they sailed a 32 foot sailboat 7,000 miles from California to American Samoa. Mrs. Patti Fisher later joined her husband on the island, their “home” being the small sailboat shared with their missionary partner.
Through the poor health of Mrs. Fisher, God led Doug and Patti back to the States and then, in 1981, to the Lighthouse Baptist Church of San Diego, California. Brother Fisher soon founded the Military Ministry in that church which has since taken the Gospel to thousands of sailors and Marines.
The unexpected resignation of the pastor of the church led the shrinking congregation, on a vote of 62 to 0, to call Doug Fisher to be her pastor. To keep the church afloat financially, and its school ministry operating, the young pastor worked an outside job full-time for the first 2 years of his pastorate.
Over the past years, a myriad of ministries have been added within the church to provide both outreach to the lost and “in reach” to the saved. These include a Christian school and a Bible institute. Pastor Fisher now has Bible institute graduates pastoring in northern California, Washington, and New York, serving full time in prison work, and serving the Lord in Papua New Guinea and Africa.
In 2000 God provided the opportunity to purchase a beautiful 8-acre property with plenty of room to accommodate the many ministries of Lighthouse Baptist Church. For the first time in years every ministry of the church was able to meet on one property, at the same time. This year the church celebrates its 37th anniversary and Pastor Fisher’s 29th anniversary as pastor. Pastor Fisher’s staff includes 6 associate pastors, a Spanish pastor and associate pastor, and a growing office and school staff.
God has also blest Doug & Patti Fisher with 8 children, whose ages range from 16 to 35 years, two granddaughters, and three grandsons.