Meet Our PastorS

  • Pastor Sheldon Lacsina

    Lead Pastor

    I love spending time with my best friend Heidi (A.K.A. Wife), hanging out with my two boys and my daughter in-law. A couple of changes happened in this new season, my younger son Jordan has entered college life, and I not only get to be "Papa" with my grandson's Jayden, and Landen, but we welcome the newest grandson Oakley to our family! I also enjoy Art, Paddleboarding, Basketball, Football, Technology, and of course Ministry.

  • Pastor Marsha Krieger

    Executive team pastor

    I enjoy hiking, going to the beach and almost any outdoor adventure. When I'm not outside, I like to play scrabble, read, and cook. I get to do all of these with my best friend (aka hubby!). My husband Tom is a great photographer and we sometimes go on adventures around the island looking for spots for him to shoot pictures of. My favorite are the night time cruises to find places for him to take star shots. And if I'm not busy with those adventures we are blessed with 10 grandchildren who keep us busy doing crafts, joining us at the beach or inviting us to cheer them on in their sports activities! God has surrounded me with a great family, good friends, and a wonderful team to do ministry and life with!

    Contact me at 657-0105 or email me

  • Pastor Tom krieger

    Assistant Pastor/Project manager

    I am happily married with three adult children, a great daughter-in-law, wonderful son-in-law and 10 grandchildren that I love spending time with! I enjoy photography and spending time with my wife, Marsha. In our free time we enjoy going on drives throughout the island looking for places to hike or take pictures. I enjoy meeting new people and getting to know them and their stories. I feel very blessed to serve alongside such an incredible staff who I also get to call friends.

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  • Pastor Lynn Sawyer

    Executive team pastor/Lifestage Pastor

    I am still surprised each morning when I wake up in Hawaii! It is amazing to see the ocean, hike into the falls, visit a volcano, and eat at Cafe Pesto! Most of all, I love serving at New Hope and being a part of such a wonderful family. The Lord is good!  

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  • Pastor Pauline Spencer

    Executive Team Pastor/Resource Team Director

    Guy and I both enjoy family times which includes our four grandchildren and two great grandsons. During our spare time we love going to the movies, eating out, hanging out at the mall (I shop and Guy waits), attending high school football games and hanging out with our friends. We are so blessed to have been a part of New Hope Hilo for 33 years. And my 23 years on staff at New Hope Hilo has been a real JOY. I love our ohana and my fellow staff members!

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  • Pastor Ward Kanakaole

    assistant pastor/Men's ministry

    Work hard at what ever you do...knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of inheritance. Honoring the Lord with devotion and sincerity of heart.

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  • Pastor Ben Urbanozo

    Youth Pastor & Worship Pastor

    I have an amazing and beautiful wife, Catie Ann; three little adorable yet crazy princesses (we just found out that we're expecting twins in 2019!); enjoy working with the next generation; love playing basketball, football, cooking, watching movies, and listening/playing music; am a HUGE superhero geek; and last but not least, love Jesus!

    Follow me on IG @benurbanozo

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Meet Our staff

  • Bunny Correa

    Evangelism team director

    Love being married to my husband Holi who has been my best friend for nearly 30 years. We have three incredible children that keep us young, laughing and always feeling blessed. Isaiah, 25, ‘Ailana 22, and Ethan,16. I absolutely love spending time with my granddaughter Sophia-Grace and look forward to welcoming another grand baby this summer. I also enjoy taking hikes, hanging out with friends, going on adventures, reading and spending time with the Next Generation. I am bit of a purple freak and I simply love what I get to do for the kingdom of God. Grateful and Blessed. 

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  • Chad Kaneko

    assistant project manager

    My passion is serving the Lord, and my joy is embracing every part of life with my best friend and wife, Shayna. When I think about what I get to do every day, serving God and serving people, I am excited for life! I enjoy going to the movies with my wife, being with family and friends, adventure, being outdoors, and serving with an amazing team at New Hope Hilo Hawaii!

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  • Christian Gapol

    Youth Ministry assistant

    I have the honor and privilege to serve in Relentless, our Youth Ministry. I love movies, games, and cards. And I'm so happy that I get to further the Kingdom of God by reaching the youth of our community.

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  • Deborah Mcrae

    Mini Marvels director

    Mahalo Ke Akua for giving me such a wonderful husband, who loves, supports and understands me (and has patience because I don’t have any)! I asked for tall, dark and handsome and God totally trumped me! I love being “mom” not only to my 4 boys but to all the kids in Mini Marvels too. It’s so amazing to me when a child who was crying the first two times they came to Lil’ Builder’s now bursts into the room smiling and laughing and can’t wait to come to church! I also love giving cooking tips to my daughter-in-law, making goodie bags for my grandchildren on holidays, and life’s little lightbulb moments! Life is busy but it’s so good!   

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  • Erika Giraud

    Program Director Assistant

    Bringing joy and fun into every situation and occasion are constant goals in my everyday life. I enjoy photography, singing, movies, being married to my best friend, Keanu, and a mommy to little Noah!

    I have been blessed to be a part of the amazing team at New Hope Church! Loved and encouraged to follow my dreams, love people, and expand God's kingdom! 

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  • Eugene manzano

    Food Service Director

    Serving God, serving people, serving food!

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  • Jaime Morishita

    Frontlines assistant

    I am blessed to be a part of this Ohana here at New Hope Church. I enjoy playing music and serving. I serve as our Young Adults' and Youth Worship Director, and I also play bass and guitar for our main services.

    Worship is a lifestyle.

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  • Jaydina Abadilla

    Office Manager

    Loving God! Loving People! Loving Life! Married to my energetic husband, Riquo. We have 2 exciting boys, Riquezen & Rysaiah and an amazing daughter, Rysha. I am glad to be apart of New Hope Hilo. The Best part is...I get to serve God and His people!!! I LOVE that!

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  • Kat Konanui

    Program team director

    I'm so thankful that God uses someone like me to do His work. He has blessed me with the most loving husband, 4 beautiful children, 2 awesome step children, 3 granddaughters, and 1 grandson.

    I love serving on the worship team and getting to know our fabulous volunteers. The joy of the Lord is my strength!

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  • Kim Ucker

    Mighty Marvels/Baby Marvels Director

    Married to my husband John for over 30 years, 6 kids and proud grandmother to over 21 grandchildren and counting! Who are the loves of our life!

    Served as a volunteer with the children's ministry since New Hope Church first began and loving it still!!

    I enjoy doing worship, bible lessons and fun crafts with the kids each week. We love making church a fun place to learn about God and the Bible!

    Jesus has done amazing things in my life and in our kids at New Hope


    Bring your kids....We will will be there to meet them with a smile!


    Jeremiah 29:11

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  • Mark Thomas

    MAINTENANCE Assistant

    I love people. Serving the Lord here is where I have the privilege to use that gift to the fullest extent. I enjoy golf, softball, and quiet time with the Lord for devotions. Being from Dallas Texas I enjoy Dallas Cowboys football.

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  • Shayna Kaneko


    I'm so blessed to be married to my husband and best friend, Chad. Going to the movies is what we like to do on our free time. I love to cook, the color purple, and animal print everything! LOL. I love to laugh and just have FUN! I am so honored to be a part of this awesome team and what God is doing here. 

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  • Sonja Nakahara

    Maintenance Director

    Psalm 91

    It's a privilege and an honor, to be a servant of the Most High God, and serving here at New Hope Hilo.

    I enjoy bowling, traveling, outdoor activities, and drag racing. I love spending quality time with my daughter's/family. And I also have my Kainoa, he's 14 yrs old and full of energy!

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  • Steve martino

    Mighty Marvels director

    I'm a single father raising two children. I've been attending New Hope Church for 12 years and have served in the children's ministry for 11 years. I now work part time as the Children's Youth Director, grades 1st through 5th. I also coach the Mustang Division baseball team for New Hope. Of course I love working with children and feel like I'm just a big kid myself. As my primary job I work as an assistant manager at Cafe Pesto where I wait tables and love serving people and getting a chance to meet people from all around the world who come to visit our Island.

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  • Susan Victorino

    Assistant to the Lead Pastor

    It is a privilege to be part of the New Hope Church family. I'm so thankful for the people God has placed in my life and I always look forward to meeting new people. I'm blessed to be married to my high school sweetheart, Ren. We enjoy designing and building wood projects together. Our children, Jaysen and Ryen are young adults now who continue to teach me how important love is... Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23 NIV

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