LJM started as a house group which grew to a small congregation in the 1980s, registered in 1990 first as Love & Joy Ministries Trust and later in 1995 as Love & Joy Ministries Limited as its transformational projects began to expand. Over this period, the congregation moved three times from St Margaret’s Church on Princes Road, Toxteth Liverpool, to a small refurbished centre in Durning Road, Wavertree Liverpool then to a former Presbyterian church on Oakfield Road, Anfield. Recognising the expanding ministry, the Anfield congregation took on the name ‘Temple of Praise’.
In 1998 LJM purchased and refurbished a former cinema building to reopen as a Community Arts centre, then set up and registered a separate charity, Liverpool Lighthouse Ltd to manage and develop it.
In 2013, one of the Liverpool Lighthouse’s successful project providing alternative education to challenging young people was transitioned to a Government funded registered Free School called Harmonize Academy based in Kensington and Fairfield area of Liverpool.
God’s surprises were not ended yet! In 2010, we were invited to discussion with the Liverpool City Council about taking over the responsibility for managing a failing charity, Knotty Ash Special School Trust (KASST). In 2014, we finally took over the charity and changed its name to Bright Park (Trust). The Trust came with assets which included a 5-acre land and beautiful lodge house.