Church of Our Saviour Named Lighthouse Church for Disaster Relief

Samaritan's Purse truck and volunteers

Church of Our Saviour, Johns Island, has been designated a Lighthouse Church by Samaritan’s Purse, an international, non-profit, evangelical Christian humanitarian aid organization that helps people in physical need as a key part of its missionary work. Samaritan’s Purse was founded in 1970 by Franklin Graham and Robert Pierce. Its world headquarters are in Boone, North Carolina.

Church of Our Saviour earned the Lighthouse Church designation by meeting the criteria of necessary facilities and services required by Samaritan’s Purse. One of the major requirements met was the installation of a special high voltage electrical service box mounted outside the Church’s kitchen. This electrical power source would be used to operate one of Samaritan’s Purse disaster relief units – tractor trailers stocked with equipment and supplies – dispatched to hard hit areas where it sets up volunteer centers in partnership with local churches. The Samaritan’s Purse staff and volunteer teams then work to assist affected homeowners by cutting trees, tarping roofs, and performing mud-outs.

When Hurricane Harvey struck southwestern Texas in 2017, Samaritan’s Purse responded from five bases fielding nearly 10,500 volunteers and serving nearly 3,000 homeowners.

The Rev. Karl Burns and Church of Our Saviour“We are proud to be designated as a Lighthouse Church for the local sea islands”, states Rev. Karl Burns, Rector of Church of Our Saviour. “It is our hope and prayer that we may never be called on to be a disaster relief center, but the reality is we live in a historically high flood and hurricane prone area and feel truly blessed to have the facilities to do so if needed”, Father Karl continued.

Church of Our Savior is a member of the Diocese of South Carolina and the Anglican Church in North America, offering traditional and contemporary worship services at 9:00 and 10:30 AM on Sunday, as well as many other mid-week prayer, worship, and social activities. For more information, visit the Church website at or phone 843-768-2046.

This article written by James Bannister, Junior Warden, Church of Our Saviour, Mobile 614-506-2735

For more information about Samaritan’s Purse visit or phone 828-262-1980.