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Pastor Elwin is the Senior Pastor of New Hope Metro. In 1995, while sitting as a Judge for the State of Hawaii, Pastor Elwin experienced a radical transformation in his heart and accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. It was a decision that emerged as the defining moment in his life. On January 1, 2000, Pastor Elwin resigned from his promising judicial career to respond to God's higher call and stepped into full-time ministry.

Having personally experienced the saving grace of Jesus Christ, Pastor Elwin has a passion to teach, inspire, and equip others to develop a deeper relationship with God and a compassionate love for one another. In addition to his other responsibilities, Pastor Elwin, as a life-long student of God's Word, is also pursuing a Master's Degree in Global Leadership through Fuller Theological Seminary. He also has a passion to surf and can't live a week without riding the swells of the South Shore of Oahu. He and his wife, Joy, have two children, Brandon, a young adult pastor, and Jared, who loves baseball and football.

 

Jerry Appleby has been the Lead Pastor of Windward Church of the Nazarene, located in Kaneohe, since 2010. However, his 50+ years of ministry have taken him around the globe. Jerry served the Worldwide Church of the Nazarene as Coordinator of Urban and Ethnic Church Planting for the Church Growth Division. In this position he was responsible for church planting among diverse cultural groups. He also had oversight for the Nazarene Indian Bible College. Several innovative programs developed including "Mission to the Migrants" and the creation of a dictionary of Biblical and Theological terms for those who speak English as a second language. Jerry also served as President and founder of the Samoa Nazarene Bible College in the country of Western Samoa.

In 2007, Jerry moved to Orlando from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to assume the position of Coordinator of Capacity Development for Nazarene Compassionate Ministry, Inc., and executive director of Reaching Our City, Inc., a 29,500 sq. ft. community center. Previously, the Applebys moved to Oklahoma City from Orlando, Florida, in 1999, where they had founded a not-for-profit compassionate ministry named Restore Orlando. This Community Development organization assisted in designing change and recovery for the Holden Heights neighborhood near downtown Orlando.

Jerry has brought his passion for compassionate ministries to Kaneohe as he seeks to help the church see the community as a part of the body of Christ. He and his wife, Polly, have four children and 13 grandchildren.

Ron Arnold has served as the Senior Pastor of Kaimuki Christian Church for the past 18 years, since returning to the Islands in 1993. During this time, God has blessed the church with growth in many ways as they've pursued a vision to share Jesus' love, acceptance and forgiveness with Hawaii, the Pacific and the world. The Lord has enabled the church to 'house the vision' of a ministry base through an expanded Worship Center, the addition of a Middle School with plans to launch in High School in 2012, the acquisition of 6 adjacent properties on the block and a commitment to build a Master Plan for the Master's Purpose. Kaimuki Christian has, by God's grace, made a world impact through missions over the past years.

Raised in Nebraska, Ron has served Christ in Utah prior to coming to Hawaii in 1979 and left to pastor a church in Oregon from 1989-93. He holds Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from International College & Graduate School. He's married to Dee (41 years) and they have two married sons and 3 grandchildren.

Dave Barr is the Senior Pastor of New Hope Windward Christian Fellowship, in Kaneohe, Hawaii.  New Hope Windward began in January, 2000 and has become a multi-site church with weekly services in the largest women's prison on the islands and a 10 theater cinema complex.

Dave Barr is a motivational speaker for businesses and civic organizations, Dave's most popular talks include subjects on leadership, building relationships, and navigating teams successfully through difficult changes.  Before Dave began full-time ministry, he led a multi-million dollar international company in Hawaii.

Pastor Allen was raised in the beautiful community of Nanakuli. Graduated from Nanakuli High School and worked in the construction industry for over 15 years. In 2002, he came on staff at Hope Chapel Waianae Coast and later took over the church when Pastor Mel Isara left to start another church in the Waianae community. This year, 2011, Hope Chapel Nanakuli celebrates its 8th anniversary.

Pastor Allen is president of Transformation Hawaii, the president & chief operating officer of the Power of Aloha organization, serves on Nanakuli Elementary's School Community Council and member of Transformation Nanakuli Task Force.Pastor Allen and his wife, Mari, have 4 children and a beautiful granddaughter.

Pastor Fernando was born and raised in Colombia (South America). After finishing Architecture school in his country of origin, pastor Fernando followed the call for full time ministry and attended Life Pacific College in Los Angeles.

He came to Hawaii in 2002 to become the youth pastor at New Hope Christian Fellowship. Pastor Fernando has been married to Karen since 1999. They both were born and raised in Bogot, Colombia. They have two boys, Daniel and David. Pastor Fernando loves to play squash, ride motorcycles, and coach his son's soccer team.

Major John Chamness is the Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army in the Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Division which includes Hawaii, Guam, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands. He serves as both the ecclesiastical and administrative leader for all the ministries of The Salvation Army in the region.

John has been serving as an officer in The Salvation Army for 23 years. Originally from Seattle, Washington, he is the son and grandson of Presbyterian pastors and the great grandson of a Quaker pastor. John was first introduced to The Salvation Army while working in property management for a large electrical contractor in Seattle, and was immediately drawn to the Army's practical ministry.

John was ordained in 1989 as a Salvation Army officer and received his first calling to ministry in Hawaii, where he and his wife Lani were married. He served as senior pastor in a variety of ministries in Hawaii including four years in the Marshall Islands.

Following his 13 years in Hawaii, John and his family were transferred to the mainland where they served for ten years. For eight years, he led the development of a Kroc Center in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. This multifaceted $70 million recreational, educational and arts facility has become the standard by which all other Kroc Centers in the nation are measured. In its first year of operation alone, membership grew to 22,000. John also led the planting of a new church in this facility which has grown to 400 in its first three years.

John and Lani have been married for 22 years and they have three children -- Lindsey, Mitchell and Camille.

Pastor Cal Chinen grew up in Kaneohe, Hawaii.  He obtained his undergraduate degree in Social Science at Wheaton College in 1976.  He then went on to Western Conservative Baptist Seminary and received his Masters in Divinity in 1980.

In August, 1980, Cal joined the MGMC staff as an Associate Pastor.  Then, in August, 1986, he began serving as Senior Pastor.

Cal and his wife, Joy have been married since 1977.  God graced them with three children, Micah, Charis, and Daniel.

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Dan Chun has been the Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu since 1994. Dan received his M.Div. and D.Min. degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary, M.A. from Univ. of Southern California in Cinema Production from the School of Performing Arts, and a B.S. in Communications from Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon. He is an award winning filmmaker and former TV news reporter for the CBS affiliate in Honolulu.

Dan is the co-founder and chairman of the board of Hawaiian Islands Ministries (HIM) that has been in existence since 1983. HIM has trained more than 40,000 church/nonprofit leaders in Hawaii and in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has been privileged to speak at international and national Christian conferences, including four years of Promise Keepers stadium events. Dan is on the Board of Trustees of Fuller Theological Seminary, a contributing editor for Leadership Magazine and the President/Chairman of the Board of Ko‘olau Ballrooms and Conference Center. 

Pastor Dan previously was an Associate Pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church (SF Bay Area) from 1985 to 1994 and prior to that, was an Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu from 1980 to 1985.

He and his wife, Pam, have three children: Noelle, Dylan and Quinn.

A native of Farmington, Missouri, Chaplain Michael W. Dugal serves as the Command Chaplain for the United States Army, Pacific, stationed at Fort Shafter, Hawaii.

His military career spans over 37 years. He entered the Army in 1975 as an enlisted soldier serving in the 410th Military Police Company at Fort Hood, Texas. After a three year tour of duty and then an eight year break he returned to active duty in 1987 as a chaplain.

Chaplain Dugal is ordained with the Assemblies of God. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theology from Southern Bible College in Houston, Texas, a Masters of Sacred Ministry from Multnomah School of the Bible in Portland, Oregon, a Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia, a Masters of Science in Strategic Studies from The Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, a Masters of Divinity from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, Missouri, and a PhD in Biblical Counseling from Trinity Theological Seminary in Newberg, Indiana (Endorsed by the University of Liverpool). Chaplain Dugal is a Fellow with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and holds state licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Texas. He also serves as a certified Faith Strengths Performance Coach with Gallup University.

Chaplain Dugal and his wife Lynette have been married 33 years and are the proud parents of Denise (29) and David (24).

**Chaplain Dugal's participation in the Hawaii Pastors Roundtable (HPR) is not to be considered as any type of endorsement for or against the positions affirmed to or held by the HPR by the US Government, the United States Army, US Army Pacific Command, or the Army Chaplaincy. He sits in a volunteered military liaison position for the betterment of the Hawaiian communities in ministering to Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen while assigned in Hawaii.

Matt Higa is the Senior Pastor of New Hope Kauai in Kapaa on the beautiful Garden Isle. Matt has been on Kauai for nine years and also serves as the Kauai Foursquare District Superintendent. His heart is to bridge the gap between the unsaved and Jesus by redeeming the arts, our culture and personal talents without compromising God's truth. The love of the Father, the Power of the Cross and the unmerited favor, grace and mercy of Jesus Christ ignited a passion to serve God and others.

New Hope Kauai has birthed a church in Shoreline Seattle and partnered in starting multiple churches in Fiji, Hawaii, the Philippines and Okinawa, Japan.

Matt also has the honor of serving a diverse group of pastors on Kauai. He is a member of Kauai Island Ministries (KIM) and served on the Board of Directors for about 3yrs. They meet once a month in their Mayor's office doing devotions, worshipping and praying with their Mayor. It has been a tangible "move of God".

Matt also serves on the BOD for Transformation Hawaii (Hawaii He'e Nalu) and a member of E Pule Kakou with Pastor Cal Chinen.

As a former member of the Kauai County Board of Ethics Committee, Matt also has a passion to witness Christian governmental leaders arise throughout our state. He grew up in Kalihi-Palama on Oahu and worked in the airline industry for eighteen years before entering ministry fulltime. Matt attended Chaminade University and Pacific Rim Bible College and is married to his best friend Alison. They have one son Daniel.

Don Horner is chairman and chief executive officer of First Hawaiian Bank, the largest and oldest bank in Hawaii and 60th largest U.S. deposit bank with over $15.0 billion in assets. First Hawaiian Bank is rated one of the top performing banks in the U.S. He joined the Bank as a credit analyst in 1978.

His education includes an undergraduate degree in business from the University of North Carolina, an MBA from the University of Southern California, and he is also an honors graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington.

Horner is also a licensed minister of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel and serves in a teaching ministry at New Hope Diamond Head Church.

Mike Kai is a regular guy with sky-high aspirations. You’d never guess he is Sr. Pastor of a thriving, young church: Inspire Church. He’s the guy playing a pick-up game of hoops & the dad on the sidelines yelling for his kids. He also leads Prayer Teams & spearheads Leadership Conferences. Mike is an everyday guy aspiring to God’s greatest goals. And his enthusiasm will sweep you up!

In August 2001, Mike “re-planted” an existing church, to reach the 110,000 people who live within a three-mile radius of Inspire. Previously, Mike served as Youth Pastor at Hope Chapel Kaneohe Bay (1996-2001) under the mentoring of Pastor Ralph Moore.  Mike speaks frequently on the West Coast (U.S.) to youth and young adults alike and has been instrumental in church planting in Australia as well as equipping and inspiring leaders in Thailand, Japan and the Philippines; acting on his passion to make disciples for the end-time harvest. Mike was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Mike & his wife, Lisa, have three beautiful daughters, Courtney, Rebekah & Charis

There are few gentle giants in the world, and Senior Pastor Guy Kapeliela is on of them. Humble, humorous and real, he captivates people when he speaks. His love for God and compassion for the lost puts people at ease instantly. Married and the father of three children, many are amazed at what the Lord has done in his life.

Born and raised in Kailua, Pastor Guy found himself looking for meaning in his life. He turned to drugs, alcohol and violence which nearly destroyed him. In 1986, Pastor Guy accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Through God's grace, the bondage of substance abuse was broken and Pastor Guy's life was restored.

Chaplin - Reverend Kordell C.L. Kekoa (KS '80)

Kahu Kekoa is the overall spiritual director of the Religious Services program for Kamehameha Schools - Kapalama and Pastor of Bishop Memorial Church.

Kahu Curtis Pa‘alua Kwai Fong Kekuna is a keiki o ka hale pule ‘o Kawaiaha‘o, who was mentored by Dr. Reverend Abraham Akaka. He has been in ministry for over 40 years, serving in Washington, California, Alaska, Hawai‘i, Mexico, Canada and Russia, speaking at youth camps and training leaders throughout the world.

His wife of 39 years, Rebecca, and he have three daughters, two of whom are married. Kalei and Kyle reside in Santa Monica, California, Pomai and Jeff live in Ventura, California and Aulani recently transferred here from Spokane, Washington. Kahu Kekuna’s passion is loving Jesus Christ, His family and serving wherever God leads. He also has 2 granddaughters.

Pastor Klayton Ko became senior pastor of First Assembly of God in August of 1994, replacing his mentor, Pastor Roy G. Sapp. Before taking on the role as senior pastor, he had previously served as church administrator, school superintendent and pastor of the young adults ministry.

Pastor Ko has a passion for community, discipleship and world missions, and desires to see all of Hawaii reached through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Danny Lehmann lives in Kailua-Kona Hawaii, with his wife Linda. They have 2 married sons, Daniel and David and 6 grandchildren. Danny presently serves as the International Dean of the College of Christian Ministries at the University of the Nations, Youth With A Mission?s Training Arm. He also serves on the Campus Leadership Team at UofN-Kona. Danny travels extensively teaching on evangelism and missions.

While a surfer in California, Danny was confronted with the Gospel of Jesus Christ on the beach, and shortly thereafter was converted to Christ. After a few months of rehabilitation and growing on the faith at Shekinah House (an outreach of Calvary Chapel Costa-Mesa), he began to share his faith on the beaches and streets. He assisted in planting a church and founded "The Land" a Christian community emphasizing evangelism and discipleship.

In 1980, he and Linda joined Youth With A Mission and continued to lead outreach teams to the South Paci?c and Asia. He was appointed Director of YWAM Honolulu in January of 1983, and Director of the YWAM-Hawaii in 1988. Danny has written 3 books on evangelism: For the Gospels Sake, Bringin Em Back Alive, and Beautiful Feet. He has also written: Before You Hit the Wall, a book on spiritual discipline, Stoked: Firing Up Your Passion for God; and his latest publication: The Next Big Thing. He has also written various gospel tracts.

Following seven years of climbing the ladder of success in the corporate sector, Mike traded his career of success for a career of significance. In January 2000, Mike began his call in full-time ministry at New Hope Christian Fellowship O'ahu as a member of Pastor Wayne Cordeiro's Senior Management Team.

With his passion for strategic planning, vision casting, building teams and synergistic results, Mike now successfully leads New Hope Leeward, one of New Hope's satellite campuses that has an average weekend attendance over 3,000.

Dr James Marocco has served as Senior Pastor of King's Cathedral & Chapels since 1980. He holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree from Vanguard University, a Master of Arts from the University of Southern California in Ancient History, a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, specializing in pastoral counseling and church growth.

He is a board member of Church Growth International and has authored several books on Spiritual Warfare, Church Growth and Hawaiian History.

Dr. Marocco is married to his beautiful wife, Pastor Colleen and they have three children and three grandchildren.

I grew up in Kailua, on the Windward side of Oahu and graduated from Kalaheo High School. I met my wife Kanani in 1989 while we were both part of the youth group at Hope Chapel Kaneohe Bay. We later went to California and earned our bachelor's degrees from LIFE Bible College. After graduating, we became Youth Pastors at Hope Chapel Huntington Beach.

In 2002, the Lord led us back to Hawaii to lead the youth ministry at Hope Chapel Kaneohe Bay. In 2012, I become the Lead Pastor of Hope Chapel Kaneohe Bay, taking over from my father, Pastor Ralph Moore.

Kanani and I have three children: Kylie, Isaac and Samantha. . We also have a fun little dog named Richter. We love to go to the beach and I love being in the ocean.

Pastor Ralph Moore has a reputation for making the Bible easy to understand. He communicates deep spiritual truths in clear and often humorous language. He is easy to listen to, but you go away chewing on what he said.

He is the founding pastor of Hope Chapel Kaneohe Bay. He and his wife, Ruby also planted Hope Chapel Hermosa Beach in California. Under his leadership, the Hope Chapels have multiplied to more than 700 churches located on six continents.

Ralph also travels extensively teaching pastors and leaders around the world how to effectively make disciples that multiply new churches.  He has two children, Carl and Kelly, and three grandchildren that light up his life.

Dr. George Nagato is the Senior Pastor of Paradise Chapel in Waianae, Hawaii where he has pastored for more than 20 years. He is also District Superintended of the Hawaii Assemblies of God. He graduated cum laude with the B.S from Bethan Bible College, the M.A. from the University of Santa Clara, and the M.A. and D.Min. degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary.
His international ministry includes training pastors and church leaders in Japan and Kenya. He is married to Rose and has two grown daughters Georgine and Deyon and two grandsons.

Norman Nakanishi is the Senior Pastor of Grace Bible Church, a growing multi-generational church committed to reaching people and equipping them to fulfill their destiny. He has a special heart for youth, which has resulted in a constant flow of young people and their families over the years.

Pastor Norman also is a member of the United States National Leadership Team for the Every Nation family of churches, an international movement with ministries worldwide.  Pastor Norman has a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Hawaii and a Masters of Biblical Counseling from Christian International College.
 
Pastor Norman is chaplain for the University of Hawaii Warrior football team and also speaks in corporate and community settings on inspiration, leadership, and relationships.  Norman along with his wife, Faye, and their family currently reside in Pearl City, HI.

Francis S. Oda was born and raised in Hawaii.  He has been Senior Pastor of New Life Church Honolulu for over seven years. As a minister in the marketplace, he is also Chairman/CEO of Group 70 International, a major architecture/planning firm in Hawaii and is Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the University of Hawaii,  Manoa. Pastor Oda received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University and a Doctor of Architecture degree from the University of Hawaii.  He was ordained by Dr. Sam Sassar, previous Pastor of First Assembly of God, Honolulu.

Francis has won numerous national awards for his designs including the Lodge at Keole, the Manele Bay Hotel, the City of Kapolei and the Master Plan of Mauna Kea.  He was designated a Manoa Forum Scholar by the University of Hawaii in 1996, received the 2001 Gordon Bradley Humanitarian Award by the American Institute of Architects Honolulu Chapter, and was inducted into the Hawaii Business Hall of Fame in 2001.

He founded and chairs the Board of the Hawaii Family Forum, which is associated with Focus on the Family.

He is married to Caroline Ward Oda, former Head of School at St. Andrew's Priory and they have two children:Reid and Nalani.

Joe Onosai's fascinating athletic career took him from the housing projects of Kuhio Park Terrace to the Dallas Cowboys training camp, to the doorstep of becoming the World's Strongest Man (he made it as high as third in the competition). In between, he starred as a fullback for Pac-Five, being named the The Advertiser's ILH Offensive Player of the Year in 1982 and helping the Wolfpack win their first Prep Bowl championship that season. He earned a scholarship to UH, where he moved to the offensive line and garnered All-Western Athletic Conference honors in 1985 and 1986. Onosai was drafted by the Cowboys in the sixth round of the 1987 NFL Draft, but during training camp, he suffered a serious neck injury and doctors advised him to quit football. According to an April 25, 2006 feature article in the Honolulu Advertiser, "My whole life was (geared toward) making the NFL, but that dream was cut short," said Onosai, "but what I learned is that who you become as a person is more important than whatever achievements or honors you get. The lessons you learn in athletics will take you farther than any trophy or award. So that's what I try to pass on to my kids - when you face adversity, keep fighting."

Joe has been the athletic director of Word of Life Academy and associate pastor at Word of Life Christian Center. He is now the senior pastor of Destiny Christian Church. He is married to Ann and has three daughters: Talia, Shayna, and Careena.

Jerry Rauckhorst has been a leader in the area of social services for over 30 years. Most of his professional career has been in service to Catholic Charities agencies; first in Cleveland then Pittsburg and finally, Hawai'i. Appointed the Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Charities Hawaii in 1995, Jerry continues to lead the agency in its mission to offer help to people of all faiths and cultures, especially those with the greatest need. He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences with a Master of Social Administration degree. He is a licensed social worker in the state of Hawai'i and holds a certificate from the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW), National Association of Social Workers, since 1978. He has served on several nonprofit and community boards and is currently active with the Hawaii Alliance of Non Profit Organizations (HANO), Damien Memorial School Board, Hawaii Catholic Conference, Chaminade University's Hogan Entrepreneurs Advisory Board, Armed Services YMCA, and Hawai'i Employers Council, among others. In 2010, the Governor appointed him a Trustee of the Hawaii Employees Retirement System.

Jerry and his wife, Cheri, have two children: Aaron and Will. Jerry is a member of the Pastoral Council at the Newman Center/Holy Spirit Parish on the Campus of the University of Hawaii at Manoa where he and Cheri have been active parishioners since they moved to Hawaii.

Father Gary Secor was born on April 16th 1951 in Berkeley California to Don and Alice Secor. At about 4 months old, he came to Hawaii with his parents and was raised on the Windward side of Oahu. He attended St. Anthony's Grade School and Maryknoll High School. He attended St. Stephen's Seminary and Chaminade College and graduated in 1973 (Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy). He attended St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park California (Master of Divinity Degree in Theology) and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Honolulu on August 13th 1977. He has three sisters, all younger than he, who live in the Vancouver Washington area and his parents reside in Lanikai on Oahu.

His priestly assignments have included the following: Associate Pastor of St. Anthony's in Kailua, Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Honolulu, Pastor St. John's Mililani, Rector of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace, and Vicar For Clergy in the Diocese of Honolulu. He is currently Vicar General of the Diocese of Honolulu and Pastor at Holy Trinity Church in Honolulu.

Father Gary enjoys being a pastor, working with youth and young adults, and all the blessing of being a priest. His interests include hiking, running, learning to surf and bodyboard and reading.

More than 50 years after he left his native state of Hawaii, Father Clarence (Larry) Silva returned home to take up a miter and crosier as Bishop of Honolulu.

News of his appointment came through the Vatican Information Service on May 17, when Father Silva was already in Hawaii to meet with the media and local Catholics. He has served as vicar general of the Oakland Diocese since 2003, has held the post of vocations director from 1979 to 1983, and worked in numerous parishes as pastor and associate pastor.

In a written statement, Father Silva said the people of the Oakland Diocese have helped him “grow in faith, in love and in the joy that comes with serving.” He also noted his love for Hawaii, where his great-grandparents settled after leaving the Azores 125 years ago. He was born in Honolulu in 1949.

James “Tex” and Shelley are the founders and lead pastors of Solid Rock Ministries. Moving to Kona in 1990, they started SRM on July 17th of that year. God has definitely shown what He can do as the church has grown and continues to impact the community with the Good News of God’s grace through Jesus. Their dream, seeing people changed and turned on for the Cause of Christ!

Tex and Shelley have four sons and nine grandchildren. They enjoy spending time with the grandkids and are having fun spoiling them then sending them home. They love riding motorcycles, Shelley on back of course, and reside in Kailua Kona.

Raised in Hawaii, David "Waxer" Tipton, a "local haole boy" grew up waxing surfboards for his Dad and other surfers on the beaches of O'ahu (earning him the nickname "Waxer" at an early age). In addition to his love for surfing, Waxer's Dad also had a passion for the Lord and was the Pastor of First Baptist of Honolulu for many years.

Waxer was raised on the town side of O'ahu near Papakolea, Waxer was immersed in Hawaiian culture and tradition. Because of this, his father's love of surfing, and his parent's commitment to the Lord, Waxer was given a wealth of opportunities through which he gained his great love for the Lord and the local Hawaiian culture.

James (Jimmy) Yamada is an electrical contractor and CEO and Chairman of A-1 A-Lectrician, Inc. He grew up in upper Chinatown near Borthwick Mortuary and then moved to Pauoa Valley, graduating from Roosevelt and the University of Hawaii.

He was an atheist until 1993, when a friend (Kevin Asano) gave him Josh McDowell's book, Evidence that Demands a Verdict. That book changed his life as he realized God was real and loved him. He walked in to First Assembly of God on June 6th, 1993, and although he heard only 5 minutes of the message, he responded to the altar call (got saved). When his wife Diana looked up, she told her daughter (Lisa), "look Dad's up there" (at the altar).

He thought he was born to be an electrical contractor, but now recognizes that God called him to be a pastor, and is now Senior pastor of Cedar Assembly of God, which is located just west of upper Chinatown. God has brought Pastor Jimmy home.

Danny Yamashiro is the radio host of Hawaii's #1 most listened to Christian talk show, The Good Life Hawaii on 99.5 KGU FM. He also hosts inspirational "life story" vignettes called A Slice of The Good Life.

At 18, he miraculously survived a deadly 400 foot fall from the famed ridge of the Nuuanu Pali in Honolulu, Hawaii. Attempting to rescue his stranded girlfriend from a 20 foot mountain climbing fall, he slipped and fell head first 300 feet and later another 100 feet. He suffered traumatic brain injuries (TBI), skull fractures, multiple tears in his scalp, a shattered ankle, damaged organs, extensive lacerations, and being comatose.

Danny graduated from Iolani School in Honolulu, Biola University and Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California. In 1993, he founded Jesus Christ Is Calling You Evangelistic Ministry, Inc. and launched a series of large scale "Billy Graham" style tent meetings throughout his home state. Since 1998, his organization expanded worldwide with medical and dental clinics, sports clinics and numerous forms of humanitarian aide by supporting the work of Christian churches in rural locations. Danny has traveled and ministered extensively throughout Asia, Africa, South America, North America, Europe, the Middle East and Pacific Islands.

He's authored several books including Paradise Calls (his autobiography), Winner's Edge, Successful Evangelism 100% of the Time, and Discover the Champion in You. He's planted churches and served as senior pastor for 10 years. Danny is married to Jamie. They have three children: Allie, Hugh and Luke.

 


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