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 Kaua'i.

  • Missionary Pastor

    Ernie Johnston


    Ernie grew up on Kaua'i 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 Kaua'i 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 Kaua'i!  His passions in ministry include worship, teaching, and growing Christ-centered community. 

  • Youth Pastor

    Cory Howatt


    Cory was born and raised on Kaua'i. He graduated from Multnomah University where he earned a bachelor's degree in Biblical/Theological Studies and Pastoral Ministries. Cory served as a missionary in Kenya, and returned to impact youth on Kaua'i for Jesus. He married the love of his life and recently became a father!

  • Children's Director

    McKenna Myerson


    McKenna grew up on Kaua'i.  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 Kaua'i 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

    Pepe (T.) Boteilho


    Pepe is from Kaua'i and was educated in the wonderful schools of Kaua'i's East Side~Ke Kula Kaiapuni Hawai'i O Kapa'a and Kapa'a Middle/High Schools! Her life is focused on YHWH, family, and just enjoying all that He continuously blesses us with each and every day.  Aloha a Iesu pu! 


     "...A E LOA'A IA 'OUKOU I KA MAHA NO KO 'OUKOU 'UHANE." -Mataio 12:28-29

    (28 "Come to me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, AND YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS."-Matthew 12:28-29).

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