Hugh Halter

Founder, Lantern Network

Hugh Halter and Cheryl, as well as their children and truckload of grandchildren, all live in Alton, Illinois. They have been missionaries in North America for more than 30 years. They’ve planted two churches and, in 2016, founded Lantern Network in Alton, Illinois.

Lantern Network is a kingdom ecosystem committed to incubating good works and benevolent businesses to bless the city. Hugh speaks extensively across the globe, encouraging innovative forms of church and, when home, loves to help Cheryl run Rí Beag Refuge, an equine therapy farm.

Hugh is a leading missional voice, authoring such books as The Tangible Kingdom, AND: The Gathered and Scattered Church, Flesh, and, most recently, the Life as Mission Series, which seeks to equip Christians to live the missionary life of Jesus in their everyday context.

His mission is to encourage the church to be less churchy and instead work on creating social, personal, and spiritual ventures that serve our cities in ways that make God smile.

Hugh also co-founded Brave Cities, a consulting agency that catalyzes the building of kingdom ecosystems as a new form of church.

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July 25, 2023

LNP 42 | “What Do We Do With The Kids?!” 4 Rhythms that Will Begin to Answer the Question

Hugh Halter and his family have been involved in forming and leading microchurch networks for the last three decades. They’ve wrestled with every question you...

July 24, 2023

Righteous Brood: Making the Mission of God a Family Story

It was a Friday, and I was outside working on a building we were in the process of renovating in Alton, Illinois.  Our family had...

October 10, 2022

LNP13 | Rhythms of Healthy Microchurches

Guest: Hugh Halter Founder, Lantern Network A better framework for understanding microchurches has less to do with an event or a place; rather, seeing each...

December 2, 2016

Fleshy Evangelism | Hugh Halter | Exponential

Hugh Halter is a church planter, pastor, consultant, and self-described missionary to the United States. He is the U.S. Director of FORGE America, an apprenticing...