Staff

Laine Furukawa, Associate Director of Worship

laine.furukawa@kalihiunion.org

 

Laine served 9 years in the Worship + Arts ministry in Los Angeles, CA and was called back to Hawaii where he was born and raised.  He has been leading worship for 15+ years and is passionate to express and share the gospel through the arts.  Wife, Jessica; 3 boys, Keane, Kai and Kody.

Besides worship and music, Laine enjoys surfing, basketball, traveling and a good cup of coffee.

 


Karen Maluo, Incoming Preschool Director

Karen.maluo@kalihiunion.org  |  841-7022 ext 723

Mrs. Karen Maluo is born and raised on the island of Maui.  She has been an educator for over 20 years in both the public and private educational systems.  Karen has built several private Christian schools, the largest being located on the Leeward side of Oahu that services ages Preschool to Grade 8.  Her passion is children and their families and strives to create a place for children to come and learn about Jesus while developing their academic skills for a successful future.  Karen has her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and two Masters degrees in Elementary Education and Business Administration.  She has seen firsthand the transformational impact quality Christian education has on a community and has made it her mission to change communities through the education of young children.

Karen is married to Poncho Maluo from Hilo, Hawaii and is the mother of Elijah and Kaitlyn.

 


Chuck Kountz, Operations & Facility Manager

chuck.kountz@kalihiunion.org  |  841-7022 ext. 707

Chuck and Patti Kountz are coming from Campbell, Ohio. The Lord has blessed them with 5 children and 10 grandchildren that they absolutely love and adore.  They have been blessed and honored to be involved in a variety of ministries at their previous church in Ohio and are excited to see what God is doing at Kalihi and how He will use them to bless and love on the people of Hawaii on Oahu!  Chuck has held the position of Facilities Manager for the past 16 years at their previous church and is excited to join our Kalihi Union Church team in the position of Operations & Facility Manager!

Patti has a love and passion to serve children and is looking forward to being used in any capacity she can to bless the people, children and leadership of Kalihi!  She has been a mortgage processor/administrator for 17+ years and will be seeking employment in that field as they settle on Oahu for the next chapter of their lives.

The Kountz’ son & daughter in law, Zak & Jasmine, will be moving back to the island with their 10th grandbaby Uriah to buy their forever home!  Zak serves in the military as an Army Sgt MP and Jasmine just finished her degree in social work and will be securing a position helping children & victims of abuse.


Sarah Williams, Administrative Assistant

sarah.williams@kalihiunion.org  |  841-7022  ext. 712

Sarah Williams was born and raised on the Leeward side of Oahu and her alma mater is James Campbell High School in Ewa Beach, Hawaii. International missions and travel are her passion and she loves meeting new people from all over the world. Sarah’s role at Kalihi Union Church is Pastor Jonathan’s assistant. Thank you for welcoming Sarah into the KUC ohana. Please keep her in your prayers for God’s wisdom, grace and joy.

Megan JungeMegan Junge  |  Children’s Ministry Director

megan.junge@kalihiunion.org  |  841-7022  ext. 709

Megan Junge serves as the Children’s Ministry Director. She delights to see children encounter God, and grow in their relationship with Him. Her passion is to use her spiritual gifts to create a Spirit-filled environment which creatively equips leaders and children to serve and minister in power as wholehearted lovers and followers of Jesus Christ. She focuses on all aspects of the Children’s Program up through the 5th grade regarding their learning and care environments, community outreach, programs and facilities.
Trusting in Christ as a young child, Megan grew up in a missionary home of cross-cultural settings across the U.S., Europe and West Africa, and finds joy and fulfillment in global and local missions. These environments provided a rich culture of serving in a great variety of roles with youth, families and children.
Megan received her BA degree in Elementary Education, and her Masters in Educational Leadership at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC. Moving to Hawaii in 2012, she taught for three years at Hanalani Schools in Mililani. Following several years of teaching and adult training, Megan was called to minister with children and their families at Kalihi Union in February, 2017.
She finds joy spending time with her parents and three siblings. Being a kinesthetic learner, Megan also enjoys the fine arts, new experiences, water sports, hiking and travel.
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

Ephesians 3:20-21

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