Pastors & Staff

listed alphabetically

Amanda Duke

Ministry Director - Production Ministry

Amanda has been with our church since she moved to Oahu in 2013. What started as offering to help wrap cables after service has grown over the years, and she now leads our Production Ministry. She is our resident enneagram 5. She is our A/V Ninja by day, and works as a laboratory scientist by night.  

Annie Groves

Ministry Director - Daybreak Youth

Annie serves as director to Daybreak Youth, our student ministries (7th- 12th graders). She has been married to JD for over ten years and they are parents of three little ladies one one man baby - Elianna, Claire, Melia, and Wesley. In addition to serving families at Daybreak, Annie enjoys running a photography business, writing, drinking coffee with good friends, and exploring our island with her family.

JD Groves

Worship Director, Elder

JD leads us in worship on Sundays both in music and liturgy. A guitar player and singer, JD enjoys his family, music, good coffee and time at the beach.  He is an all-around fan of the ocean and likes body surfing (body whomping) Sandy's and Makapu'u, as well as surfing his home breaks on the Windward shores.


Pastor, Community & Missions, Elder

Pastor Walt leads us in the areas of Community and Mission.  This is a role that spans being connected in meaningful neighborhood partnerships here locally- serving our kupuna, students, and houseless communities, all the way to the other side of the world- working with our global missionaries. He and Sally have one daughter, Emma.  You can catch Walt throughout Hawaii as he plays slack key festivals, and as he regularly leads us in worship on Sundays.

Sean Palmer

Lead Pastor, Elder

Pastor Sean serves as our Lead Pastor-guiding vision, Sunday morning preaching, and leading our staff. He is married to Jessica and together they have three kids: Kana, Nakoa & Anuhea. He's a surfer, Brazilian jiu-jitsu enthusiast, vinyl record spinner, craft coffee fan, and dad to two pitbulls. He's also a coach at Egan's Bootcamp in Kailua.

Megan Powell

Ministry Director - Daybreak Kids!

Megan Powell is our Daybreak Kids Director.
She is married to Adam Powell and they have two kids.
She loves traveling and learning about the world. Cooking and crafting the perfect bite are some of her faves. She likes to ask a lot of questions because she finds people fascinating. Megan is passionate about teaching and education. You will often find her by the ocean or involved in a one on one conversation — both of which she adores. She also loves music and pulling from Adam’s vinyl collection.

Brad Rimmel


Brad serves on our Elder team. A life-long resident of Kailua, he and his family have been a part of our church since the late 70s. He loves spending time with his family, walking the neighborhood, and being out on the water.