Leadership & Staff

Pastors,  Elders  &  Staff

Meet the Elder Board

Joe Ong

Senior Pastor & Elder
Joe has been the Pastor and Elder for Leeward Community Church since 2011. He and his wife, Debbie, arrived in Hawaii with their three children from Singapore, where Joe was born and raised. He is passionate about Jesus and seeing how lives can be changed and growing in love for the Lord and others. His family resides in Kapolei.

Owen Yamamura

Owen was born and raised in Pearl City. He attended Mid Pacific Institute and went on to graduate from Wheaton College. Owen has been married to his beautiful wife Sandy for 23+ years. Sandy transitioned from being a speech pathologist to a full time homeschooling mom. They have 4 children with one in college. Leeward has been Owen’s church family for over 40 years. He serves on the Elder Board and leads a Home Group. He loves building God’s kingdom, coaching and all things camping and fishing.

Mel Tanoue

Mel is an elder and is retired from Kaiser Permanente. He currently does volunteer work for Leeward Community Church and has been volunteering since 2013. He lives in Pearl City and has two sons.

Fred Heyler

Fred and his wife Debbie have two children in college and one at home. They live in Aiea and both work in education. In addition to the church and their children, they love the outdoors.

Bryan Pang

Bryan has attended LCC since 1995, married Mei at LCC in 1997, and all three of his children grew up at LCC: Ashley, Joseph, and Annaliese. He lives, co-leads a home group, and work in Honolulu town. Areas of interest include spiritual, mental, social-emotional, and physical well-being, marriage and family, organizational health, and counseling.

Walter Kaneshiro

Walter has a passion for teaching God's Word in His spirit and mentoring. He is married for 39 years to Joni, who is on staff, and they live in Makakilo. He is retired from food service, but loves serving with his wife and mother. Hobbies? Reading and golfing.

Neal Arita

Neal and Vera Arita have been attending LCC since 1982, got married at LCC, have two sons (Grant and Steven), have 2 wonderful daughters-in-law, (Aimee and Jess) and 3 grandchildren (Elijah, Brendan and Lana).
A Home group started at their home in 1990 and continues to host many people over the years. God is good!
Thank you for allowing us to continue service to our Lord and Savior and to the Body of Christ at LCC.

Meet the Church Staff

Jonathan Maus

Executive Pastor
Oversees Strategic planning, marketing & communications, administration, and facility use among other pastoral duties. 

Joni Kaneshiro

Newcomer's Ministry Director
Oversees the newcomer's ministries, including greeters, ushers, and welcome center. Oversees the Christ-centered
12 Step Recovery Ministry. Provides communications and graphics support.

Jon Ayin

Community Services
Oversees the Community Service programs for LCC, also acting as liaison with outside community groups. Oversees the Youth Ministry Provides IT support for the church.

Kathy Uyehara

Missions Director
Directs and plans mission trips domestically and abroad. Chairs the missions committee and directs various mission fundraisers.

Naomi Nakasone

Office Manager
Administrative Assistant
Oversees the general operations and procedures of the office. Oversees chuch-wide communications and other administration.

Debbie Ong

Special Projects Admin
Part-time support for special projects as directed by the Lead Pastor, such as events and teaching materials. Also co-leads the Children's Ministry.

Matthew Kajihiro

Facility Manager
Oversees Facility Maintenance, Space Management and planning, Health and Safety Compliance, Facility Budgeting and financial management, facility vendor and supplier management, and the LCC security team.

Joe Ferguson

IT Administrator
Part-time management and support for Leeward's IT infrastructure and other IT projects. 
Various Interns - Oversees the Community Service programs for LCC, also acting as liaison with outside community groups. Provides IT support for the church.

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