Pastoral Staff

REVEREND DOCTOR JONATHAN STEEPER  |  Senior Pastor  |  841-7022  ext. 711

Pastor JonathanPastor Jonathan’s passion is a love for God’s people.  He wants everyone in the local church from little children to seniors to grow in knowing Jesus Christ. He believes in the transforming power of prayer and values Christian community as a Biblical expression of the living power of the Holy Spirit.  He focuses on preaching, teaching, leadership development and congregational care.

Jonathan and his wife Tricia have three children (Matthew, Rebekah, and Ben) and one granddaughter (Ada). Their family has lived in a variety of cultures and have ministered in repeated multi-dimensional contexts in Canada, Europe, Central America and Africa. He has previously served as pastor to two different churches in eastern Canada and as a missionary with his family in Albania during a turbulent period.

Although born in Honolulu, he was raised in Canada, graduating with awards from West Hill Collegiate Institute in Toronto and the Baptist Leadership Training School in Calgary. He earned his BA in history from the University of Western Ontario in London, and his Masters of Divinity with awards from Acadia Divinity College in Nova Scotia. Now, God has intervened to call his family back to the church of his heritage at Kalihi Union. He has completed doctoral studies in cross-cultural research in the area of prayer and evangelism. Jonathan is more hands-on than academic and enjoys the outdoors, music, sports, gardening and a variety of hobbies.

REVEREND DOCTOR DAVID PANNABECKER  | Pastor of Worship  |  841-7022  ext. 710

David Pannabecker cropPastor David Pannabecker’s passion is to see people transformed through the experience of biblically informed worship. Since Christian worship celebrates God’s story, David believes that God’s people can be transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit as they continuously immerse themselves in God’s story through weekly worship. David’s desire is to equip and encourage God’s people to offer their gifts and talents as a sacrifice of praise, utilizing the full range of worship arts as we celebrate God’s story together!

David and his wife, Lois, both grew up in ministry families. David’s parents were church planters in northern Ontario, and Lois’ parents were missionaries in Hawaii. As a result, they both became church pianists at the age of 12 and have been involved in worship facilitation since that time. Their ministry has occurred in a wide variety of settings, creating a rich tapestry of experiences from which they draw for this new calling.

David has a doctorate in worship studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies, a master of arts in Broadcast Communications (Wheaton Graduate School, IL) and a bachelor of arts in biblical literature (Bethel College, IN).

David also expresses himself artistically as a world-renowned puppet designer, having studied at the University of Hawaii under the tutelage of Kermit Love, designer of Sesame Street’s “Big Bird.” David’s puppet characters have appeared in film and television in the United States, Canada, Japan and Europe. He takes this diverse gifting into the classroom as a collegiate adjunct professor in both worship studies and Christian puppetry/curriculum development in the United States and Russia.

The Pannabeckers find great joy and fulfillment in the relationships they enjoy with their three adult married, children, their two daughter-in-laws and son-in-law, and five grandchildren.

David and Lois also serve as international worship consultants with One Mission Society. The passage of scripture God uses to motivate David and Lois in the ministry of worship leadership and education in both the local and global church is Psalm 67:1–3.

“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!”

REVEREND YOSHITAKA FUJINAMI  |  Pastor of Japanese Fellowship  |  841-7022  ext. 708

Pastor YoshiPastor Yoshi was born and raised in Kishiwada, Osaka  Japan.  Through the ministry of Kishiwada Bible Church, he became a believer at the age of 21 and felt called to vocational Christian service while he was a student in Ames, Iowa.  Since 2003, Yoshi has been leading and shepherding KUC’s Japanese Fellowship which was established in 1947 due to the urgent need to evangelize Japanese immigrants in their mother tongue.  His desire is to equip Japanese-speaking believers at KUC with a solid biblical foundation in order for them to become a vital part of the life of the local church and be involved in outreach ministries for the residents of Hawaii as well as for the unreached in Japan. He is a great encouragement and support in developing our entire congregation to be a witness for Christ.

Yoshi received his B.A. in Pastoral Studies at the Moody Bible Institute prior to coming to Hawaii to serve at Makiki Christian Church as Director of Older Adults Ministry.  During the years he served at Makiki, he married their pianist, Yumi. When their oldest was one, they left for Dallas Theological Seminary where Yoshi earned a Master of Theology in Pastoral Leadership and New Testament Studies in 2003. He and Yumi have three sons, Joseph, Benjamin and Elliott.

PASTOR BRAD TOYAMA  | Pastor of Administration  |  841-7022  ext. 709

new Pastor Brad 11-13-12

As the Pastor of Administration, Pastor Brad’s role is to help the pastoral team to become fruitful and effective in the ministry of the Church and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  He does this through four main areas:

1)  Communications (bulletins, banners, brochures, inserts, flyers, posters, newsletters,  Annual Report, Church Photo Directory, electronic media, etc.).  2)  Calendars (building and updating the church’s yearly ministry calendar and coordinating the pastoral calendars.).  3)  Conferences (Works in partnership as the liaison for all conferences and special events held on our campus).  4)  Community Life (organizing and managing information of people including those that are baptized, new members, Connecting Point attendees, and Friendship Bridge visitors.

Brad placed his faith in Jesus Christ at a Youth for Christ (YFC) sponsored camp in 1988.  Following this life-changing decision, he decided to serve with YFC for over 10 years in the Kalihi area as a Student Leader, Staff Volunteer, Club Director, and Full-Time Staffer.  He also volunteered with the Susannah Wesley Community Center and served as the Program Director for the Kalihi YMCA prior to hearing God’s call to pastoral ministry.  Realizing how God was preparing him, he and his new wife Jane decided to go to Canada for seminary training, where they spent two wonderful years on the campus of Trinity Western University.  Brad received his Masters of Arts in Christian Studies degree in 2004 and returned to Hawaii where he eventually got the call to serve on the pastoral team at Kalihi Union Church.

Brad believes that growing up in Kalihi for over 25 years, graduating from Farrington High School, and doing Youth Ministry in Kalihi was no accident, and he thanks God for preparing him for where he’s at today.  He met his beautiful wife Jane while serving in ministry with YFC, and has two adorable children, Justin & Julia.  For fun, Brad enjoys playing basketball, a good chess game, and spending time with his family.

PASTOR KENDAL FONG  |  Pastor of Youth and Community  |  841-7022  ext. 705

Pastor Kendal FongPastor Kendal is called to serve our youth, grow our youth ministries, and give leadership in building bridges to our community through outreach events.  His greatest hope is to see everyone actively involved in personal evangelism, local outreach, and world missions. He seeks to empower the church to share the gospel of Jesus Christ via prayer, provision, and participation.

After hearing the call to ministry over twenty years ago, Kendal initially served as a campus life director with Youth for Christ and a youth director for another local church in Honolulu. He has served at Kalihi Union since 1999, first as a youth director, then to Pastor of Missions and Outreach, and now back to Youth and Community. Over the years, he has assisted with four short-term mission teams to the Philippines, initiated the Kalihi Cares ministry, and led many community outreach events, while investing in the lives of the youth and young adults. Locally, he ministers at Kalihi Waena Elementary as a mentor to one of the students and a member of their School Community Council. Globally, he was a recent member of short-term mission teams to Vietnam and Japan.

God is Kendal’s first love, but coming a close second is his wife JoAnna, his favorite partner in ministry. He cherishes their family, and is proud to be a fourth generation Chinese American, born and raised in Hawaii. In his free time, he enjoys photography, sci fi, and creative arts.


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