Meet Our Staff

  • Lead Pastor

    David Martin


    Pastor Dave graduated from Bethel College (Indiana) with a degree in Christian Ministry.  He and his wife, Amy, were missionaries in China before moving to Southern California to study at Talbot School of Theology (Biola University) and pastor for 12 years. In 2018 God called them to move to LMC and minister to the people of Kauai.

  • Missionary Pastor

    Ernie Johnston


    Ernie grew up in Kauai and graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a degree in Biblical Studies. He spent four years as a YWAM leader in Newcastle Australia before returning to Kauai to serve as a youth/associate pastor at Koloa Missionary for seven years and then plant Grace Community Church. Ernie has a huge heart for God, the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the people of Kauai!  His passions in ministry include worship, teaching, and growing Christ-centered community. 

  • Youth Pastor

    Cory Howatt


    Cory was born and raised on Kauai. He graduated from Multnomah University where he earned a bachelor's degree in Biblical/Theological Studies and Pastoral Ministries. Cory spent five months as a missionary in Kenya, and has now returned to impact youth on Kauai for Jesus. He recently married the love of his life, and is expecting his first child!

  • Children's Director

    McKenna Myerson


    McKenna grew up on Kauai.  She attended Portland Bible College and earned a bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies with a focus on Pastoral Counseling.  She has served in Children's Ministry leadership positions at Kauai Bible, Manna House and Grace Community Church.  She combines an energetic love for kids with careful planning, a passion for Jesus, and a skill for teaching His Word!

  • Office Manager

    Charlotte Carvalho


    Charlotte grew up in Oahu before meeting her husband, Doug, and moving to Kauai.  She was on the original team that planted LMC in 1991 and has served as Office Manager for ten years. Charlotte has been essential to the ministry of LMC.  Her love for Jesus and His people and her gift for administration have combined to make her the perfect "church mom."

Meet The Elders

We are an Elder-led Church. Currently our Elder Team is made up of five men who serve as shepherds for the community of believers at Lihue Missionary Church.


David Martin

Matt Philips

Scott Otto

Andrew Rice

Matthew Terui