Pastor, Rev. Jayne Ryan Kuroiwa
Pastor Jayne, as most of us call her, joined the congregation in March 2013. She’s here to help the church enjoy its present and strengthen its future. You don’t have to be a member of the church to ask for her help, get advice or offer her a suggestion.
Rev. Ryan Kuroiwa received her Master of Divinity degree from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and has served churches in Hawaii and Ohio. Jayne has 2 young adult children who live on the mainland. Her husband, Wally Ryan Kuroiwa, is a retired pastor. Wally and Jayne don’t hyphenate their two last names, but please use both!
Facilities Managers, Mae and Milton McKnight
The McKnights live on our campus and are the “go-to” people for questions about facilities rental and maintenance concerns. Mae serves as the church’s Wedding Coordinator.
Office Manager, Lucinda Keller
Offering a warm welcome during office hours, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. weekdays, Lucinda and her Office Angel volunteers know how to connect you with the right person, program or referral. With the office door closed in the afternoons she focuses on additional office management functions.
Choir Director, Gigi Lee
Gigi directs the Chancel Singers choir and accompanies music on those Sundays when they perform. She has deep roots in the Kailua community. Her background includes creating performing arts and music programs at schools in California and Kailua. She founded Allegra Performing Arts, at Aikahi Shopping Center which served hundreds of our local island performers of all ages and skill levels in dance, drama, vocals and instruments.
Accompanist, Dr. Thomas “Tommy” Yee
Tommy accompanies the congregation, on organ and piano, on the Sundays each month when the choir is not singing. He is Professor of Music and Associate Music Department Chair at UH Manoa. A native of Canada, he now lives in Kailua. He’s performed as guest soloist with orchestras in Canada and the U. S. and has performed extensively as soloist, chamber musician and collaborative artist.
Custodial Assistant, Wanda Mae Akiu
Wanda assists the Property Managers in keeping our campus spaces in order. She also leads her hula halau Pa`akea Wai Lehua which meets at Windward UCC and sends much aloha and warmth to her son Johnasen stationed in Alaska with the Coast Guard.