A Light in the Dark is the eighth studio album by heavy metal band Metal Church, released on June 16, 2006 in Germany, June 19 in the rest of Europe, and June 27 in the U.S. This was the third and last Metal Church album to feature the cruciform Gibson Explorer on a cover as well as the last to feature Jay Reynolds on guitar. It was also the first to feature Jeff Plate on drums.
Allmusic reviewer Greg Prato commented that the album is "unmistakably" Metal Church, in spite of the fact that only Kurdt Vanderhoof is the only remaining founding member of the band who performs on the record. Prato states that A Light in the Dark "could easily be mistaken for a thrash metal release of the '80s" because of songs like "A Light in the Dark" and "Beyond all Reason". Prato rated the album at 3.5 out of 5 stars.