Leadership & Staff

Pastors,  Elders  &  Staff

Joe Ong

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.

Neal Arita

Elder / Secretary

Neal is an Elder and serves as the Secretary for Leeward Community Church. He is married to Vera and has two sons and fawns over his grandkids.

Walter Kaneshiro


Walter is an Elder who loves to encourage others to discover more of Jesus and live out their passions for Him. He has been a member of Leeward since 1992 and recently retired as the Executive Chef at Queens Medical Center after 20 years. He now volunteers full-time  at the church. Walter is married to Joni and have four adult children, and likes to golf and fish in his free time.

Paul Nakasone


Paul and his wife Paula have three children and live in Mililani. They both love teaching the youth and have lead home groups.

Owen Yamamura


Owen was born and raised in Pearl City, attended Mid-Pacific Institute, and graduated from Wheaton College. Leeward Community Church has been his home church for over 30 years where he also leads a Home Group. He is passionate about building God’s kingdom, coaching and all things camping and fishing. He and Sandy have been married for over 20 years and have four children.

Meet the Church Staff

Maribelle Kam

Office Manager, part-time
Provides all administrative support for the office staff, except for metrics updates. Primary contact for all  questions and correspondence.

Joni Kaneshiro

Newcomer's Ministry Director
Oversees the newcomer's ministries, such as greeters, ushers, and welcome center. Provides communications and graphics support.

Kathy Uyehara

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

Abi Arakawa

Youth Director
Oversees the leaders and teams who teach and conduct activities for students in middle & high school, including Sunday School youth nights and events.

Jon Ayin

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

Denise Kahue

Metrics Admin, part-time
Maintains all donations and key metrics, such as registrations, attendance, and directories. Primary user of church management systems.

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.


We employ several interns to do various projects and administrative tasks in support of the office staff. Some are volunteer staff who are developing work skills.

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