Welcome to Urban Light Ministries

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Our mission is: "Turning the hearts of fathers to their children and children's hearts to the Father.

Father Love

Resource Every Child Needs

"Turning the hearts of fathers to their children."
(Malachi 4:6).

Urban Light Ministries

Child Love

Children's hearts to the Father

"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it - Prov. 22:6".

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About our mission

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Our Vision

To leverage our long heritage of providing support and education to local fathers and elementary students and seek to expand this learning through new channels of distribution to increase the impact far beyond the local Springfield Ohio area.

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Our Mission at Work

Our Mission remains consistent with the organization's history and strengths and we will continue to build programs and resources focused on turning the hearts of fathers to their children and children's hearts to the Father.  Click here for our 2017 Annual Report.

When you give to Urban Light Ministries, you know your donation is making a difference. Whether you are supporting one of our Fatherhood Programs or our childrens Sonshine Clubs, our professional staff, Board of Trustees, and dedicated volunteers work hard every day to ensure every dollar has impact towards our mission.

Years of Experience

Urban Light Ministries is a pioneer in addressing the growing systemic problem in America: the need for a father in a child's life. Organized over 25 years ago we continue to serve fathers and children in the Springfield and greater Clark County area. Research shows when a child is raised in a father-absent home he or she is affected in the following ways:

  • 4 times greater risk of poverty
  • 7 times more likely to become pregnant as a teen
  • More likely to abuse drugs and alcohol
  • 2 times more likely to drop out of school

We Need Your Help

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Taste of the Holidays

Taste delicious samplings from the Valley's finest food purveyors. Net proceeds will benefit Urban Light Ministries' free programs for children, fathers, and families. 

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The Sonshine Clubs Need Your Help

The Sonshine Clubs are currently provided in over 12 schools with over 500 participants.  Providing this free service to children in these very important years take volunteers and funds.

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Help Us Reach Today's Kids

Consider a donation to support the Sonshine Clubs Technology Fund where we are now developing video- based curriculums and phone apps to reach more children.  

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Meet Our Staff

Eli Williams

Eli Williams

Founder and CEO
Judy Williams

Judy Williams

Director of Finance
Phillip Sanders

Phillip Sanders

Sonshine Club Director
Bruce Stapleton

Bruce Stapleton

Board Chairman
Daryl Grayson

Daryl Grayson

Chief Operating Officer

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