The Light's Home Team
James Noriega, Executive Director. James is the founder of The Light’s Home and the author of Word and Power Counseling. He has been a Biblical Counseling Pastor for seven years. He has served at Mars Hill Church and Doxa Church in Seattle, WA. Previously, James was a case manager and counselor at an in-patient recovery center in Seattle for four years. James has over 10 years of experience in counseling in the deepest, darkest forms of addiction and sin, including drugs and alcohol, porn, domestic violence, clinical depression, bipolar disease, schizophrenia, and spiritual warfare. James pioneered gospel-based, mixed-issue recovery groups at Mars Hill Church, which were the prototypes for what later became Redemption Groups. James takes a cross-centered approach towards heart transformation by looking at the God issues rather than the sin issues that are imbedded in the soul. As a result, a new life is revealed in the believer, just like what is spelled out in Romans 8.
Gabriella Smith serves as the Chief Administrator and Editor for The Light’s Home. As Chief Administrator, Gab organizes each week's tasks and maintains the flow by keeping all the members on track during meetings and throughout the week. In the role of Editor, Gab updates our organization's blog and most recently the curriculum. Gab recently moved from Florida to answer God's call for her life to learn and be trained up in biblical counseling. She is currently working towards receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Ministry Leadership with a concentration in Women's Ministry with Moody Bible Institute. She looks forward to applying all God has revealed through Word and Power counseling to her involvement with the ministry.
The Light's Home Board of Directors
Mark Stockwell is Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Light's Home ministry and will cast vision for The Light’s Home. He works to ensure the members of the Board’s actions are focused on the Holy Spirit inspired vision grounded in and on God’s Word, all for His Glory. Mark has been married to his wife, Katie, for 15 years and has five fabulous kids. Mark served as a Paramedic and Operations Officer for twelve years in Australia before spending some years as an Options Futures trader in the financial markets. He also renovates houses and has run his own mortgage finance company.
Gina Noriega is a founding member of the board and married to James Noriega. She currently works for Verathon Medical as a Senior Accountant. She previously worked for Starbucks and Hewlett Packard as a Senior Cost Analyst. Gina is a Deacon in the church and has served as a Redemption Group Leader and Biblical Counselor for the last six years.
Dan Mariner is a founding board member of The Light’s Home to which he brings over 20 years of ministry experience. He attended the University of LaVerne, Portland Bible College, and the Pittsburg Institute of Mortuary Science. Dan has lived in Tokyo, Japan where he worked for Christian Bridal Mission, a Para Church Organization preaching the gospel in Asia. He has also worked as a Pastor for the Assemblies of God denomination. Dan lives in Seattle, WA where he attends and serves at Mars Hill Church. Dan is a Deacon leading Redemption Groups, a community group leader, and serves as a biblical counselor.