Humble Servant

Transforming lives one at a time

Beth (Grabinger) Wolf ’84 (speech language hearing sciences) and ’85 (speech language pathology and audiology) is not only an entrepreneur with her husband, Pastor Dale Wolf ’85 (history), co-founders of Lighthouse Church, she is also an entrepreneur in her own right – as a self-employed speech therapist for the past 16 years.

Her soft-spoken words and humble heart hesitantly talk about her own success, but the limited availability of taking on new clients is a strong indicator of her professional success.

Beth’s extensive experience includes working at various school districts and speech pathology agencies, owning/directing/teaching at a preschool, and teaching and doing clinical supervision of aspiring speech therapists at the college level, including adjunct instructor and clinical supervisor at MSUM from 2005 to 2012.

While her profession brings her great joy and satisfaction in helping people overcome their challenges, if she could work full time at Lighthouse Church, she would.

I would have never dreamt this is where we would be on our life’s plan, but our life’s plan isn't necessarily God’s plan,” she said. “He didn’t send me a postcard and say I should help Dale start Lighthouse Church. He had us go through a rocky path to get to that point.”

“If I could keep doing all the things I’m doing at the church and not have to worry about an income, I would love that,” she said. “Maybe someday I’ll be able to focus solely on the church.”

Her passion has always been with the church. Growing up she was actively involved with youth league, Sunday school, church choir, Bible school, liturgical dance. Her family and youth director encouraged her spiritual growth.

When she found her soul male in Dale, she knew she would follow his calling and find a way to grow her own profession wherever they landed. She says most churches didn’t expect to get a two-for-one when they hired Dale, but adds, “They were gracious to allow me to be involved.”

They inspire and support each other and have created a beautiful, and sometimes messy, life together.

If Dale’s first alcohol treatment had worked, he’d likely be back at his former church growing that ministry. However, the relapses and the break from the former church are what led to Lighthouse Church. And to Beth finding her passion directing music ministry.

“There was definitely a reason for all of this,” Beth says. “God wasn’t done working with Dale, and I think through Dale He’s shining the light in a lot of people’s darkness. I was there to support him.”

Well, she did more than support him. She is integral to the Lighthouse’s growth.

She teaches the children’s sermon. She directs Sunday school and helps with Bible school. She serves on the board. She is on the Celebrate Recovery Ministry Team and the Life Transition Team. And she leads the worship team.

“When I’m up front singing and see the whole congregation singing with us, and I know where some of those lives have come from and how life is changing for them, it’s amazing,” Beth said. “Lighthouse is a place for people to learn and grow in their faith and to experience an accepting church family.

“As a student I learned how to be flexible and to manage many things at the same time. Those things have helped me personally, but learning to deal with a spouse with alcoholism wasn’t one of my courses!”

While the journey has been unexpected, she says the experience of addiction has transformed both of them.

“I would have never dreamt this is where we would be on our life’s plan, but our life’s plan isn't necessarily God’s plan,” she said. “He didn’t send me a postcard and say I should help Dale start Lighthouse Church. He had us go through a rocky path to get to that point.”

“Our job is to love people where they’re at. It’s God’s job to do what He wants to do in their lives.” 

Comments (5)
Rachel Lovin on September 03, 2017
Thank you Beth for all the work you do at the church. You and Dale have touched mine and my family's lives in more ways than I can count. Love Lighthouse and love you both. Thank you for not letting Dale's addiction bring you down, but use it as a platform to spring forward and help others through theirs. Mine included.
Curt Tilleraas on September 04, 2017
Beth is an inspired and inspiring leader. Her children's sermons are Spirit filled, Bible based and very kid friendly. I can't imagine a better ministry team than than that of Beth and Pastor Dale. As to the astonishing growth of the body of those who gather together in worship at Lighthouse Church -- it can honestly be said, as the Word declared, that "Those who lived in darkness have seen a great Light."
Vicki Riedinger on September 05, 2017
Beth, you are a beautiful person; inside and out. You are caring and loving and smart and funny. You are hardworking and humble and conscientious. I'm so impressed with the way you and Dale have allowed God to work in your lives. You've both done a lot of hard work to overcome (and learn from) the past and start Lighthouse. I'm proud to call you my friend.
Anita "Blattenbauer" LaVoy on September 14, 2017
Beth, I am so glad I opened the Fall edition of Dragon news to read the story featuring your ministry! What a gift you and Dale are to the people of your congregation! I wish you both continued Blessings!
Linda Davis on November 10, 2017
Dear Beth and Dale,

I celebrate your gifts of teaching, music, and spiritual support that you both are sharing with others after facing your own challenging life experiences. Through your pain and grief you have provided a safe place, Lighthouse, for others to learn of God's love that is in each of us. This is what the church is supposed to look like! (Dale's quote) Amen. Peace be with you and your family. Linda Davis
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