OUR MISSION is to grow in knowledge and love of Jesus Christ and to make Him known to all the people groups of the world.


OUR PURPOSE is to honor and glorify our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


Our Team

Thomas Vaughan
Thomas Vaughan
Thomas Vaughan accepted God's call to ministry in the summer of 1999. While attending Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Thomas was ordained as a Minister of the Gospel and served on staff at a Church plant in Cary, NC. Thomas and his wife Krista welcomed their first child, TJ, in 2001. After earning an M. Div. from SEBTS in 2002, Thomas served as senior pastor in two traditional Southern Baptist Churches. The Vaughans welcomed their second child, Hannah, in 2004. Shortly after Hannah was born, Thomas and Krista became convinced that God was leading them to plant a new work Church that had a contemporary worship style without compromising their commitment to intentional evangelism and in-depth biblical discipleship. At the same time, Thomas' best friend, Daniel Martin answered the call to vocational ministry. In 2005, the Vaughans moved to Columbia, SC, and along with Daniel, began to prayerfully plan The Beacon Church. Daniel and Thomas have had the privilege of serving The Beacon Church and the community of Irmo, SC for over 8 years. Today, Daniel and Thomas faithfully serve The Beacon Church as equal, bi-vocational pastors. In 2011, Thomas also began serving the greater Columbia area as a corporate chaplain.
Daniel Martin
Daniel Martin
Daniel Martin graduated from Erskine College in 1997 and spent the next 8 years working in banking and then in real estate. In early 2005, Daniel accepted a call into bi-vocational ministry as part of the Elder Board for The Beacon Church. Daniel and co-pastor Thomas Vaughan began the planning process and a few months later launched the Church as an in home bible study. Eight years later, both continue to serve the church.

Daniel has an amazing wife, Sarah and the best child in the world, Corin.


The Beacon Church was started with the idea that a church should have worship that is relevant for today and enjoyable for its members, fellowship that is genuine, and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with a lost world that desperately needs Him. A Church fellowship should also provide sound, biblical teaching and strong pastoral leadership. Founding co-pastors Daniel Martin and Thomas Vaughan are best friends who decided to start a church together based on these general principles.

The church began meeting in 2005 in an apartment as a bible study on Thursday nights, and moved 6 months later when Pastor Thomas and his wife bought a house in Irmo, SC and started having Sunday services in his home. In 2007, we began renting space in Friarsgate Centre in order to accommodate a larger crowd of people and make the church more visible and accessible to the neighborhood in which we minister. We are excited about the fact that we have been in the home or on the doorstep of every house in Friarsgate to either share the gospel, spend time with a visitor of the church, or just to invite people to a special service.

We continue to meet each week on Sundays at 4 pm. We hold weekly Small Groups for intense bible study, Kid's Night Out, Adopt-A-Highway groups, semi-monthly Gospel Visitation and weekly rehearsal for The Beacon's band at the church. We have an active Kid's Ministry and a growing Youth Ministry. We are especially fond of our Baptism Services when we pack up the whole church and go to one of our state parks to Baptize new believers in the lake! Our desire is to continue the work that we feel God has set before us: to provide Contemporary Worship, share our lives together in real Genuine Fellowship and study and share the Gospel truth of The Word of God. We welcome you to join us at any of our services or activities and come see what church CAN be!



What We Believe

In Essential Beliefs – We Have Unity.
(Ephesians 4:4-6)

In Non-essential Beliefs – We Have Liberty.
(Romans 14:1, 4, 12, 22)

In All our Beliefs – We Show Charity.
(1 Corinthians 13:2)

The Essentials We Believe:


We believe that there is only one true God. He has eternally existed in three persons: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. These three persons are co-equal and one God. The Triune God is the Creator, Ruler, and Sustainer of all creation as well as the source of all truth. He is worthy of our love, worship, confidence, and obedience.
(Genesis 1:26-28, 31; Deuteronomy 6:4-5; John 1:1-5, 14, 18; 10:25-30; Colossians 1:15-20)


We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. He was born of the virgin Mary. He became a man, without ceasing to be God, in order to reveal God and to redeem mankind from sin. We believe that Christ died for the sins of all people as a substitutionary sacrifice. He arose bodily from the dead for our justification. He is now exalted at the right hand of God the Father. Christ is the Head of the Church (All those who place faith in Him).
(Matthew 1:18-25; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15;
Titus 2:13; Philippians 2:5-9; Ephesians 5:23; Colossians 1:15)


We believe that the ministry of God the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of sin and regenerates the believing sinner, baptizing him/her into the Church. He indwells, guides, instructs, and empowers believers for godly living and service. We believe that God gives all believers at least one spiritual gift to be used within the Body of Christ.
(2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-15; 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; Titus 3:5; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; 6:19-20; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25;
Ephesians 5:18; Romans 8:9)


We believe the Bible is verbally inspired by God. It is without error in the original writings, and It is the Christian’s final authority in faith and conduct.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)


We believe that salvation is God’s free gift. Salvation is not earned in part or in full by any human virtue, work, ceremony, or effort. We receive God’s gift of salvation only through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. God has delivered Christians from all condemnation and provided every spiritual resource (Holy Spirit, Bible, fellow believers, etc.) needed to live a holy life. In Christ, believers are eternally secure.
(Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6; 1:12; John 10:28-30; Titus 3:5; 2 Corinthians 5:21)

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