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Staff

Ron Arnold

Senior Pastor

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Danny Han

Associate Pastor, Dir. of Ministries

Jerry Hubbard

Associate Pastor, Administration

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Nofo Eletise

Associate Pastor, Men & Local Outreach

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Marie Eletise

Associate Pastor, Children & Women

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Mark Gallagher

Associate Pastor, KCS Principal

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Charly Pedersen

Associate Pastor

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Lysette Pedersen

Associate Pastor

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Cal Takara, Retired

Associate Pastor, 'Ohana Groups

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KCC Pastoral Staff
Front Row - Left to Right: Jerry Hubbard, Mark Gallagher, Ron Arnold, Cal Takara
2nd Row - Left to Right:  Charly Pedersen,  Lysette Pedersen, Nofo Eletise, Marie Eletise

KCC Elders
Front Row:   Mark Gallagher,  Ron Arnold,  Bob Spearing
Second Row: Scott McCormack, Bill Yamada
Back Row:  Danny Han, Norman Hong (Chair), Gene Smith, Kevin Quinn

KCC Support Staff
Front Row: Audree Simmons, Mabel Tom, Valerie Landers, Leanna Yamauchi, Linell Mathre
Second Row: Chance Kawasaki, Ernie Maxilom,  Heather Manning, Jody Morgan, Kaui Chu
Back Row: Randy Hennessey, John Perez, Tim Mathre

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Ron Arnold

Pastor Ron Arnold and his wife, Dee, have served Kaimuki Christian Church faithfully for more than 25 years, including as Senior Pastor since 1993. Pastor Ron’s passion is for the glory of God and to spread the name of Jesus to all nations. Pastor Ron and Dee have two adult sons and 4 grandchildren. You can read more about his heart and vision for Kaimuki Christian Church here

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Danny Han

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Jerry Hubbard

Pastor Jerry first came to Kaimuki Christian Church in 1976 as a new believer who needed a church. He met his wife, Dawn, here and has served both the church and school in varying roles prior to becoming our Administrator. Pastor Jerry's passion is to keep ministry at the forefront of administration, keep operations running smoothly, to facilitate our church and school ministries.  Pastor Jerry and Dawn have two adult children, and are new grandparents! 

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Nofo Eletise

Pastor Nofo grew up in Western Samoa, where he played professional rugby before he met Jesus Christ. He first encountered Kaimuki Christian Church through his involvement with South Seas Christian Ministries, helping to coordinate Samoa short-term missions. Pastor Nofo's passion flows from his love for Jesus, and he brings that passion to our local outreach and men's ministries. "Nothing is worth doing if it's not for Him!" Pastor Nofo and his wife, Marie, have an adult daughter and a teenage son who is a standout offensive lineman. 

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Marie Eletise

Pastor Marie first attended Kaimuki Christian Church as a teenager, and returned with her husband, Pastor Nofo, in 2010 to serve our keiki and women's ministries. Pastor Marie's passion is for the women of our church to shine for Jesus, and for our keiki to realize how much God loves them and wants them to know they're His kids. Pastors Marie and Nofo have an adult daughter and a teenage son who is a standout offensive lineman. 

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Mark Gallagher

Pastor Mark Gallagher first came to Kaimuki Christian Church when his parents, Pastor Harold and Jone Gallagher, were called to serve as Senior Pastor in 1961. Pastor Mark returned to Kaimuki Christian School in 1996 to serve as its Administrator and became the Principal in 1999. Pastor Mark’s passion is our school’s mission of bringing glory to God by nurturing each child enrolled in our program to attain his/her God-intended potential. He and his wife, Lora, have one teenage daughter who will be in the first high school graduating class at KCS. 

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Charly Pedersen

Charly Pedersen graduated from Nebraska Christian College in May of 2013, married his wife Lysette in September of 2013 and he and Lysette accepted worship positions at Kaimuki Christian Church in January of 2014; where they have been serving ever since.

Charly serves in multiple areas at the church including: worship, youth, graphics, video and young adults. His passion is teaching about and leading worship that connects people to the Holy Spirit and the joy and power He can bring to their lives. Charly and Lysette live in and love Kaimuki. 

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Lysette Pedersen

Lysette Pedersen is a 2013 graduate of Nebraska Christian College. She grew up in beautiful Montana where she and her husband Charly were married in 2013. She came to KCC as an intern in 2012 and now serves on staff in areas of Worship, Programming and Young Adults. Her heart is for worship and young women. She and her husband love living and serving in Kaimuki.

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Cal Takara, Retired

As of April 28, 2017, Pastor Cal Takara has retired from 27 years of full-time ministry at Kaimuki Christian Church.  He will continue to serve at KCC but in a volunteer role.

The sugar cane fields of Pearl City were my stomping grounds until middle school. I was transformed into a “townie” as I spent my high school years at Mid-Pacific Institute (home of the mighty fighting Owls!). Occidental College in Los Angeles was my launching pad into the college years and I landed a degree in English Literature at UH-Manoa. A friend introduced me to church at age 29. Church? Who needs church? God used many kind and caring Christians to overcome my skepticism and cynicism about Jesus and I finally succumbed to His grace at age 30. Life has been an adventure ever since Jesus got a hold of my life. I found Lydia, my life’s partner, at Kaimuki Christian Church and we were wed in 1984. We’re blessed with two terrific daughters, Allyson and Christyn.

After meandering through ten years in the visitor industry and ten years in insurance property-casualty claims, Lydia and I committed ourselves to God’s call to full time ministry in 1990. Kaimuki Christian Church is where we found Christ, got married, raised our daughters, and were called into service. Life doesn’t get any better than that.

2 Timothy 2:1,2 have been the verses that have impacted me as a new Christian and continue to provide my passion for teaching, discipleship, and men’s ministry.

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