Born and raised in northern Florida, our pastor served in the Marine Corps where he met his wife, Ku‘ulei — the Sergeant Major’s daughter. The two spent 14 years working in Tustin, Calif., as Christian Education Directors with the Navigators, a discipleship ministry developed during WWII to help people in the military. After sons Chad and Luke were born, Pastor Ron finished his degree in Christian Education. He received his Masters of Divinity from the American Baptist Seminary of the West, part of the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley (Calif.), serving as Student Body President while also working at a nearby church. He served at churches in rural Colorado and suburban San Francisco before his family followed its heart to Hawaii, ultimately becoming part of the Hawaii Conference of the United Church of Christ. He served as Associate Minister to Children and Family Ministries at Central Union before becoming our Senior Pastor in 2008.