Pastor Jayson Saito

Senior Pastor

Jon Uyeno

Chairman, Elder Board

Dave Hallstrom

Vice Chairman, Elder Board

Dan Fukumae

Elder Board

After serving as the Minister of Christian Education and Youth at Mililani Community Church (MCC) beginning in 1995, Jayson moved to Maui in August 1999 to pioneer a church plant with his family and a small team. In April 2001, he was ordained through the Evangelical Free Church of America. Then in July 2004, with the blessing of his congregation and the Hawaii District of the EFCA, he began a twelve-year ministry at Kahului Union Church. Finally, in God’s providence, after seventeen years away, God has brought him full circle to shepherd the people of MCC in the footsteps of his mentor and former Senior Pastor, Dr. Rick Bartosik. His desire is to spread a passion for the greatness and worth of Jesus so that people will find their greatest joy and treasure in Him.

 

Pastor Jayson has been married since 1997 to his beautiful wife, Rachelle. They are blessed with four children, Christian, Jon, Aaron, and Hope.

Jon Uyeno came to MCC in 2000 after attending International Baptist Church in Nuuanu and International Japanese Christian Church and was a student of former Senior Pastor Rick Bartosik at International Pastoral School of Theology. He is a full time Hawaii Air National Guard aircraft mechanic and part time mechanic for Aloha Air Cargo Company. His ministries involve Eldership responsibilities, home Bible study, AWANA, teaching Sunday School occasionally, and serving as the cook for MCC’s yearly Maui mission trip. Jon is married to Mutsumi (originally from Okinawa) and has a daughter, Christina, and son, Matthew. Mutsumi does the Sunday morning service translation for the Japanese speaking and is involved in Koinonia, MCC missions team, worship team and Monday night congregational prayer meetings.

Dan Fukumae and his wife Cheryl have two boys, (Josh and Kev) whom they’ve raised in Mililani. They have worshiped at Kalihi Union Church  and  and have been involved with its Kapolei and Aiea church plants. When Mililani Community Church began its building project, Dan felt that the Lord was calling him here. Following Jesus is always an adventure, and is fun and exciting too. When Dan isn’t busy working as a handy-man, he enjoys the great outdoors, spending time with family and training in martial arts. 

Debbie Chang

Administrative Assistant

 

Gary Okimoto

Youth Director

Justin Knapp

Worship Director

Sayaka Nakano

Preschool Director

Debbie, after graduating from the University of Hawaii in 1975, moved to New York City working as an internal auditor for Bankers Trust N.Y. Corp.  After 10 years of living in the Bronx, moved back to Hawaii.  After retiring from the Dept. of Defense, became a caregiver for her parents until 2016.  Her two sons live in California and her daughter lives here in Ewa Beach.  She loves to Facetime with her 2-year-old grandson, James, who lives in California.  

 

 

Gary, developed a passion for youth at a young age. While Gary was in high school he was very involved in his youth group and other youth ministries helping with planning games, activities, camps etc.. He was also involved in shaping and developing a christian club on the Mililani High School Campus called the Fellowship Club. When Gary graduated from high school he continued working with youth while working on his Bachelors in History at the University of Hawaii and graduated in 2011.  In 2014, he became the youth director for his home church of MCC. Gary loves spending time with his wife Thea and daughter Autumn Rose.

Justin, Inspired by a live band at the EFCA Youth Challenge Conference in 2002, Justin began leading worship in Sunday school.  His interest in leading worship grew as opportunities presented themselves.  He went on to study at Biola University in California and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music in Worship in 2007.  Following graduation, he continued to lead and participate on worship teams at various churches, camps and events.  In June 2016, he became the worship director at Mililani Community Church.  Justin loves being with his MCC family, and has a passion for leading others in worship of the One and only true God through music.

Sayaka loves working with preschool aged children; has over 20 years experience in teaching and 10 years as a preschool director. Born in Japan but has lived most of her life in Hawaii. She completed her undergraduate degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a graduate degree from the International College and Graduate school. She speaks fluent Japanese and has also taught English and attended Seminary in Japan. “Thank you for the opportunity to serve you and your child.