About Us

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Light Stone's Ministries
What We Believe
The Light Stone Team

Light Stone's Ministries

1. Orlando/Central Florida - Local

  • Teaching Conversational English to internationals through our UCF Community English Club
  • Evangelistic outreach and ministry
  • Conducting Bible studies among Asians
  • Mentoring Asian Scholars
  • Providing school supplies for needy children
  • Feeding and outreach ministry to the homeless

2. United States - National

  • Leading pastors and churches on vision/mission trips for outreach strategies in Asia
  • Leading mission trips to New York City for evangelistic outreach to Asians.
  • Training and equipping church leaders for ESL ministries among internationals
  • Developing and distributing resources and materials focused on evangelism and biblical discipleship of Asians and other internationals

3. Around the World –International

  • Training indigenous national church leaders in Asia
  • Partnering to take the gospel to unengaged unreached people groups in Asia
  • Organized prayer partner network focused on intercessory prayer for the nations
  • Teaching Conversational English to International students in East Asia
  • Providing funding, food, ministry, and medical supplies to orphans, widows, and the poor

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The Light Stone Team

Executive Director

Clade Blackwell

Our director has a heart that beats with a passion for reaching the lost world with the message of the gospel. Over the past 30 years, Clade has served as a minister of education in four Baptist Churches located in Oklahoma, Georgia, and Florida. He served 15 fruitful years at the First Baptist Church of Oviedo, Florida where he was uniquely equipped for this current mission. Clade's wife, Sue, is also a committed servant of the Lord. She directs Light Stone’s UCF Community English Club and conducts Light Stone’s ESL Teacher Training Seminars.

Clade and Sue Blackwell are both Masters level graduates of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas. Their marriage has been blessed with four children who are now successful young adults.

Over the past 12 years the Blackwells have participated in and spearheaded over 35 international mission trips. Out of that experience God has given them an incredible passion for impacting the lost with the saving ministry of Christ.


English Language Consultant

Sue Blackwell

Sue is passionate about working with international students through ESL Ministries to build spiritual foundations in order to help them come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ. In addition to directing the UCF Community English Club, she currently serves as an advisor for the Community English Club at Aloma Church in Winter Park. For over six years, she directed the Conversational English Classes at First Baptist Oviedo.

As an ESL ministry associate with the Florida Baptist Convention, Sue leads ESL Teacher Training Workshops at the Lake Yale Conference Center, at Baptist Associational Workshops, and at individual churches in the state of Florida. She has also led workshops for Urban Impact Ministries in New York City and for missionaries serving overseas. Sue has been instrumental in helping 10 churches start new ESL ministries in the Central Florida area.

In East Asia, Sue has coordinated English camps, led teams of guest teachers that taught in college classrooms and primary school classrooms, and has also taught educational workshops for national English teachers. In London, she has led teams that worked with refugees attending English camps at a local ministry and led teams that have taught English at an Islamic school for adults.


Board of Directors

Rafeek Khan - President
Founder - Durable Wood Products Enterprises, Guyana and DuraVilla Homes

Rafeek Khan is a bi-vocational leader with a passion for new international business development and Christian ministries. He holds a bachelor’s degree in management from Southeastern University with a concentration in international business.

Since 1998, Rafeek Khan has founded and and continues to operate several multi-national companies. During his professional career, Rafeek recognized an immense need for fulfilling the great commission in reaching the world for Christ. He is passionate about developing Christian leaders to effectively serve and meet the needs of the church, especially in poor and developing countries.

As a member of Light Stone Partners, Rafeek is responsible for fund raising and casting the vision of the organization. Rafeek and his wife Karen are Light Stone supporters, and he personally devotes part of his time in the field for the ministry efforts in India and China. The couple have two children and reside in Chuluota, Florida.

Jim VanNatta

Jim VanNatta has been in the construction publishing industry for over 40 years including owning his own publication.

Although not coming to Jesus Christ until his 30’s he was fortunate in being in a church that strongly believed in spreading the gospel, both at home and around the world and has continued to support missionaries throughout his life.

Jim and his wife Kathy reside in Oviedo, Florida. They have six children and eleven grandchildren.

Parks Wilson - Secretary/Treasurer
President, Wilson & Company, Inc.

Parks Wilson has been a successful licensed certified general contractor in the central Florida area since 1981, starting his own construction company, Wilson & Company, Inc., in 1984. He belongs to several local associations and has served in numerous leadership positions over the years.

Parks resides in Oviedo, Florida with his wife, Amelia. They have three children. He boldly confesses that he accepted Jesus as his Savior in June 1975.


Larry White

Kenneth “Larry” White has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1972. Over the years, Larry has used his financial education, along with his strong analytical and conceptual skills, to successfully lead several construction/development companies into multi-million dollar businesses.

Larry and his wife, Pat, currently reside in Tennessee. They have four children.



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What We Believe

At Light Stone, we believe:

  1. The Bible is the inspired, only infallible and authoritative Word of God. (2 Tim 3:15-4:1, 1 Thess 2:13, 2 Peter 1:21-2:1)

  2. That the one true God has eternal existence in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Deut 6:4, Isa 43:10-11, Matt 28:18-20, Luke 3:22)

  3. In the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, substitutionary death on the cross, bodily resurrection, ascension to the Father and His imminent personal return in power and glory. (Matt 1:23, Luke 1:31-32, Acts 10:37-38, Acts 2:22, Heb 7:26-27, 1 Cor 15:3-5, 2 Cor 5:21-6:1, Matt 28:6, Luke 24:39, 1 Co.r 15:4-6, Acts 1:9-11, Phil 2:9-11, Heb 1:3)

  4. Regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for the salvation of sinful man; a person must experience the spiritual rebirth by repentance and faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. Only through the power of the Holy Spirit is the Christian able to live a more godly life. (Rom 10:12-13, Eph 2:8-10, Titus 2:11, Titus 3:4-8, Rom 8:16, Eph 4:24, Titus 2:12)

  5. There is a bodily resurrection of the saved and the lost, the saved to eternal life in heaven, the lost to hell. (1 Thess 4:15-17, Rom 3:23-24, 1 Cor 15:51-52, Rev 20:11-15, Rev 21:6-8)

  6. Jesus Christ rose from the dead and is returning soon. (Zech 14:4-5, Matt 24:26, Matt 24:30, Rev 1:7, Rev 19:11-13)

  7. The Great Commission of the church is to go into the entire world and preach the Gospel to every person (making disciples of all nations.) (Mark 16:15, Luke 14:23, Matt 28:19-20, Acts 1:7-8, Mark 16:15 -16)

  8. In the spiritual unity of believers through the working of the Holy Spirit and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Eph 4:11-13, Ps 133:1, Phil 2:1-3)

  9. In holy Christian living, and we must have concern for the hurts and social needs of our fellowmen. (Col 3:12-14, Rom 15:1-2)

  10. We must dedicate ourselves anew to the service of our Lord and to His authority over our lives. (Col 2:9-11, Eph 6:7-8)

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