Learn more about the four founders of Salt & Light, and how God used their passion to serve local families to build the largest emergency food program in Champaign County, dispensing clothes,
food and faith to families in need.
This Little Light of Ours
Since 2004, we've been connecting families in need with the resources of a community that's been richly blessed. Our mission is simple - to share the love of God
by helping those in need. Through our food pantry and clothing closet, we meet the immediate physical needs of families with limited financial resources. But our work doesn't end there. From
financial counseling and education that teaches important budgeting concepts to voluntary worship services that feed the needs of the soul, we offer the salt and light that gives our community help
Salt & Light started the way most things do, as a small conversation among four locals who shared a passion for Christian ministry. And at the heart of that conversation was a very
simple question. "How should we live out our faith?"
The four men were John Prince, Mike Roberts, Gregg Pennington and Nathan Montgomery. Together, they shared their stories, their insights and what it meant to live out the Christian faith.
They talked about the example Christ gave us in his earthly ministry by often meeting the physical needs of those he came in contact with first, then meeting their spiritual needs.
We felt if we were to truly model the examples Christ gave us, and fulfill the commandments given us in the New Testament, then we should seek to do the same. For that reason we sought to create a
ministry that did just that–minister to the physical, then the spiritual. And then they took their most important step — setting time aside to seek God's will before pressing
forward with their plans.
A few weeks later they met again, with peace in their direction and a renewed commitment to create a ministry just as focused on faith as it was on providing food and other resources to
families in need. In Matthew 5, they found their mission — to be the salt of the Earth and a light to the world. As the year drew to a close, Nathan accepted the group's invitation to serve as the
new mission's first executive director. And with that, Salt & Light was born, handing food out to local families for the first time in January of 2004.
Our mission is to share the love of God by helping and educating residents in Champaign County who are at or below the poverty line to meet their needs.
Statement of Faith
1. We believe the Bible to be the inspired and infallible authoritative word of God.
2. We believe there is one God, eternally manifested in three persons: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
3. We believe in the deity of our Lord, Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His
ascension to the right hand of the Father and His personal return in power and glory on earth.
4. We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, repentance towards God, faith in Jesus Christ and regeneration by the Holy Spirit are absolutely essential.
5. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling and empowering spiritual gifts, the Christian is enabled to live a life of godliness and effective
6. We believe in the resurrection of all mankind, that those who have put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ are resurrected to eternal life with God and that those who have
not put their faith and trust in
Jesus Christ are resurrected to eternal death, total separation from God.
7. We believe that it is the responsibility and duty of every Christian to help fulfill the Great Commission as stated in Matthew 28:18-20, through whatever means God makes
possible, thus making it possible for the Gospel to be preached to all people.
8. We believe that God has given every Christian gifts according to the grace given them as stated in Romans 12:6-8. The use of these gifts is intended to benefit our
fellow man and give glory and honor to God.
Scriptural Core Values
One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind
and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”
1 John 3:16-20
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but
has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how
we set our hearts at rest in his presence whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.
Then the King will say to those on his right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and
you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was
in prison and you came to visit me.” Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and
invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?” The King will reply, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of
these brothers of mine, you did for me.”