In April of 2014, after fourteen years of waiting on God's perfect timing, including three years of construction by volunteer mission teams, Lamp House Coffee opened its doors to provide the community a new business and job opportunities in the form of a world-class, gourmet coffee shop where the locals and visitors could meet, dine, and experience the love of God.
The shop's Coal Miners Blend coffee pays tribute to area's heritage and also features specialty coffees, frappes, lattes; baked goods, snack foods, sandwiches and homemade soups for lunch; and, cooked-to-order breakfast.
Lamp House Coffee is located in historic Lynch, Kentucky and sits (literally) atop Looney Creek, across from the Portal 31 exhibition mine tours.
God is using this quaint shop as a friendly meeting place; and affords our staff and volunteers opportunities to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with thousands of people each year. The shop is operated by the Meridzo Center Development Corporation (aka The Pond), which has created more than 80 jobs since opening.
Because God's plans are always bigger and better than our own, we should not have been surprised when ministry-minded coffee shop starts from all across the country began to reach out to us in this tiny building "on the way to nowhere"...
REACHING BEYOND OUR COMMUNITY - Recognizing what God has done here, Christian coffee shop start-ups have come to us from all over the country, both here in Kentucky, Tennessee, and the Carolinas, and from as far away as Las Vegas, Nevada, Detroit, Michigan, and even one Native American Reservation in South Dakota. In many cases we simply offer prayer and advice (mostly to wait on and depend on God), but to some we have actually hosted full barista training, coffee wholesale relationships, on-site visits, and business-ministry consultations.
SECOND CHANCES - We are also seeing lives restored through job opportunities God allows to our Celebrate Recovery program heroes. As they prove to themselves and others that God has truly changed their lives, they are able to demonstrate reliability and trustworthiness, while establishing a work history and earning a well-deserved job reference that will lead to even bigger and better things.
COMMUNITY-WIDE EVENTS - The coffee shop has also been pleased to sponsor a number of community events such as the annual 4th of July Parade, the Looney Creek Summer Concert Series (aka "Looney Tunes"), the Lynch 100th Anniversary Car & Motorcycle show; and, a Gingerbread House building competition fundraiser benefiting the city of Lynch.
Come see us Today!
Mike and Melissa Kapfhammer, Co-Directors
Lamp House Coffee Shop
1 Main Street, PO Box 668
Lynch, KY 40855