“I am a tall skinny white boy from Michigan who fell in love with hip-hop and now I make it.”
Beacon Light tours with a ministry called Stand For Truth that travels the country speaking at public schools. “Our mission is to reach unchurched school students with the Gospel.”
Beacon Light speaks and raps at school assemblies about bullying and other issues facing the middle and high schoolers of today. One song he performs is his 2017 single “Haters.”
“We use that content to talk about loving your haters or people who are against you.” One of the most difficult things he faces in these presentations is convincing non-Christian students about the importance of loving and forgiving others. Beacon Light enjoys speaking about the positives that come out of forgiveness.
“When you’re bitter, you’re actually just killing yourself from the inside out and when you forgive somebody, when you let something go, that’s when you actually find freedom.”
He notes that there are many varying stresses and difficulties that today’s youth face. Though technology and especially social media can amplify those issues, “what I feel like this generation is struggling with specifically, honestly, is no different than what has happened in the history of the world.”
When life is hard, he says, people “have always historically run to something that wasn’t necessarily God.”
Having been a victim of sexual abuse in his youth, “my goal in a lot of those assemblies is to be a voice for people who are going through trauma or abuse and maybe they don’t talk about it.” Beacon Light never told anyone about being abused until he was nineteen.
“You have to figure out a way to talk about those things because that’s the only way to really begin the process of healing.”
After the assembly is over, he invites students to come back to their school in the evening for a free concert. At the concert, he is able to share the Gospel with students and connect them to local churches they can attend and get involved in.
“We have all gone through something that has made us feel less than important… I think that my assembly sets up the Gospel that much more because they’re like ‘Man, I need to find an answer.’”
Beacon Light and his team bring in a sound system, lights, and the works to put on a great show. “We make sure that those kids, when they come, aren’t like ‘this wack concert.’ That junk is jumping.”
As the concert continues, Beacon Light begins to speak more about his faith. “It’s not like this weird, ‘Oh, this man switched up on me.” He says to students, “what changed my life that I talked about in the assembly, that was God. Just because I’m a Christian doesn’t mean I can’t turn up.”
“You show them that Christians are real people, [that] they know how to have fun, that love God, that love people, and we all mess up too. I try to communicate that in one day as much as I can.”
In October and November, Beacon Light and Stand For Truth ministries is putting on over twenty-five assemblies and concerts. “Our days are like sixteen hours long but it’s worth is because we’re in front of thousands of kids.”
Watch our full video interview with Beacon Light below!
Learn more about Beacon Assemblies here.