Urban Light Ministries

515 S. Yellow Springs Street

Springfield, Ohio 45506


(937) 328-0122


Service Area:  Clark, Greene, Montgomery, and Champaign Counties


 "While local funding is essential, it limits our ability to address the needs of fathers and families beyond the borders of our county. Ohio Commission on Fatherhood funding has enabled Urban Light to expand our reach to serve as the Regional Fatherhood Agency for Miami Valley. We are grateful for the trust and support. We will always endeavor to meet the needs as best we can with efficiency, and integrity."

                                                                                                                                                                    Urban Light Ministries Leadership Team


Program Information


Urban Light Ministries (ULM) was founded by Eli and Judy Williams in 1987 as Lifeline Ministries. ULM was incorporated in 1995. After decades of providing services to needy families and an after school program serving nearly 1000 children annually, ULM started a Fatherhood Program in 2006. The first Ohio Commission on Fatherhood grant was awarded to ULM in 2008. Since 2006, ULM’s various fatherhood services have annually impacted hundreds of fathers and their families in six counties.


In addition to our work with children, Urban Light Ministries offers services for fathers to help them develop male nurturing skills and attitudes, and healthy relationships. We support them with coaching, and connecting them with community resources. Currently, we are working collaboratively with both public and private community partners in Clark, Montgomery, Greene, Madison, and Champaign Counties to assist low to moderate income dads and families. We also, provide a program for adolescent males to help prevent premature fatherhood through good decision making.


Mission Statement: Increase the number of responsible fathers, nurtured children, and strong families in the communities in Miami Valley. 


Values: Our work is guided by these core values:

·         Accountability to our clients, communities, donors, funders and to God

·         Efficacy of Scripture as guide for contemporary living

·         Integrity in all we do

·         Respect for human dignity

·         Responsible fatherhood and healthy families for the benefit of children


Services: Urban Light Ministries offers a suite of programs for fathers, including Nurturing Fathers for Life classes, On My Shoulders relationship skills program, Wise Guys for teen boys, and a variety of father/family strengthening activities. Services are free of charge.




How can fathers participate?

To learn about ULM’s Fatherhood Programs, visit www.urbanlight.org. Contact Darryl Grayson at dgrayson@urbanlight.org for more information, or to register for classes.


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Upcoming Events

August 12, 2017: Columbus - African American Male Wellness Walk


September 21, 2017: Commissioner Meeting





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