Senior pastor Rick and his Wife, pastor Lori Nagaoka began attending New Hope Waimea in 2002. Serving separately in ministries such as Worship leading, Church Elder, Council member, Women’s ministries, Intercessory Prayer team, staff administration, community outreaches most recently served together as KIDS (Kids in Divine Service) ministry leaders. In January of 2014, they felt led to plant a new church which is now known as New Hope Waikoloa.
Pastor Rick’s heart is that every person has an opportunity to experience the grace of God which will lead toward a personal relationship with Jesus. He believes that every Christian young or old has a gift (deposited by the Holy Spirit, Heb. 2:5) that needs to be nurtured for His purpose and glory. Originally from Maui he enjoys singing, shoreline fishing, playing golf (not great at it but loves it), art of sketching and is an avid chess player. Rick is currently bivocational, when he isn’t doing ministry you can find him working at the Hilton Waikoloa Village resort as the director of sales. Until he is released to full time ministry, his influence in the marketplace continues to grow…just as Paul was a tent-maker and spread the gospel.
Pastor Lori feels called to Intercession especially Prophetic Intercession. Because of this she values her intimate relationship with Jesus Christ above all else. 2 Chronicles 16:9 is very dear to her heart as her daily desire is to align with Holy Spirit, Jesus’ Word & His Heart for the Big Island of Hawaii especially on the North side of Hawaii. Pastor Lori leads two interdenominational prayer groups, one in Kona and the other in N. Hawaii, under the covering & blessing of Transform our World Hawaii. Pastor Lori longs to see the church living and moving with John 14:23 AMP (Jesus answered, “If anyone [really] loves Me, he will keep My word (teaching); and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our dwelling place with him.) as its firm foundation. Lori loves worship especially dance in worship. Lori also is humbled by God’s call on her life to edify and equip those that Jesus brings to their church body, those that are in her community, as well as those she meets in the marketplace. Lori loves the beach & ocean, loves walks in nature, and enjoys word games.
In 2012, after years of the Holy Spirit tugging on my heart, Mickey and I rekindled our walk with the Lord and joined New Hope Waimea again with Pastor Sonny Shimaoka. It was there that I served as part of their staff leadership, on the Worship Team as their ukulele player and part time bass player; and assisted with the ALPHA Course for new believers. It was also around this time that as a full time police officer and serving part time ministry that the Lord gave me a vision to “keep the uniform but get rid of the gun”; in other words, join the police department’s chaplaincy program and minister to our local police officers.
In August of 2015, after nearly 26-years of pinning on a badge, I retired from the police department to focus on just ministry. In November of that same year I completed my polity and board interview and was licensed as a Foursquare Pastor. In October of 2016, after much prayer, the Holy Spirit lead my family to New Hope Waikoloa to assist Pastor’s Rick and Lori Nagaoka with their vision and ministerial and pastoral assignments.
We are on a “new” journey in life, which includes our move to New Hope Waikoloa. Our desire is to continue serving the Lord in Waikoloa, and to pastor along side Senior Pastor, Rick Nagaoka. We believe in the values that Pastor Rick and Lori have established for New Hope Waikoloa, and are excited to be a part of the vision they feel the Lord has given them.
We believe in the trinity, God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit as three in one. We cherish our growing relationship with the Lord and with our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Although Pastor Noleen and Howard Mendes were born and raised on the Big Island, they now reside in Sherwood, Oregon. In June of 2015, after 29 years of marriage, they felt a call to move to Oregon to help their daughter and son-in-law care for their 4 grandkids, aged 11 and under. A short 2 months later, they were on a plane, headed for the Pacific Northwest, with nothing else but 4 suitcases of clothes and important documents. Their plan was to move for 2 years and then return to the Big Island. God, however, had other plans.
So because of logistics, Pastor Noleen, who formerly served as New Hope Waimea’s Worship Pastor/Leader, now serves New Hope Waikoloa in a virtual capacity as their Digital and Communications Pastor. Her responsibilities include, but are not limited to, taking care of New Hope Waikoloa’s social media pages, all email communication, designing of promotional materials, and powerpoint slideshows for Sunday services and other church events. Although life has been challenging over the last 3 years with missing island life, island weather (especially during winter), and their family and friends, the Mendes’ both recognize that their number one priority is to be where God has called them to be. Says Pastor Noleen: “We count it a blessing that God had opened up this awesome opportunity to work under Pastor Rick’s leadership and to be on staff with such amazing Pastors & Leaders, to serve New Hope Waikoloa in this unique capacity as their D & C Pastor. I couldn’t have imagined it turning out as wonderful as it has.” Pastor Noleen and Howard have been married since September 1986 and has 2 sons, a daughter, and 11 grandkids.
Yup!! They look crazy because they are crazy!! Crazy in love with Jesus and crazy fun with our youth, which is why our teens grades 6-12 love hanging out with them!! Originally from Oahu, Pastor Linsey and Carrington Luttrell have recently moved to the Big Island and are currently leading our NEXT_ym (youth ministry). They are a blended family and have 4 beautiful boys: Zayne (10), Hezekiah (3), Pono (1 ½) and Jedidiah (2 mo.). They enjoy Starbucks and hanging out with friends.
Besides being a passionate ym leader, Carrington is passionate about seeing people give their lives to Jesus and encouraging and strengthening men to fulfill their God given role as the leader of their families. He enjoys diving into the Word, playing guitar, and spending time with his family.
Linsey is passionate about pouring into young women, teaching and planning camps and events. She enjoys worship and dance, watching Netflix, eating ice cream and shopping.
NEXT_ym for grades 6-12 meets every Friday (except for youth events) at New Hope Waikoloa at the Waikoloa Highlands Center #215, from 7pm-9pm. For more info, call 808.498.0746.