Larry and Deborah Mininger began their ministry in 1975 as Assistant Pastors in Santa Cruz, California. On graduation from Bethany Bible College in 1977 they took their first senior pastorate in Folsom, California. From 1977 to 1990 they served as senior pastor to four charismatic churches.
It was 1985 when missions was first born in their heart while on one of many 6 week trips to Brazil and Finland. Lamp Lighters International Ministries became a reality in the late 1980's.
In the beginning of 1990 the Lord spoke that they should get serious about a missions ministry. They obeyed and resigned from their church and made preparations for the field. They sold their home and proceeded to set their feet on the foreign soil of the USSR in January of 1991. It was a key time for preaching on the streets, in homes, schools, prisons and in churches that were coming above ground. Soon they were influencing new church plants from Estonia in the West to Siberia in the East and Ukraine in the South.
They lived and based their ministry from Tallinn, Estonia. They just completed their 27th year in Eastern Europe.