A Place for You
When coming to a new church, we know that it is important to you that every member of your family has a place where they fit in and can grow. We believe Ohana is one big family in Christ and want to show you exactly where everyone has a place! Below we have a few of our main ministries listed for you to discover your place. No matter how big or small, color of skin, age, or career, we want you to be a part of our ohana!
Pastor Andy Dela Cruz is our Filipino Pastor. Andy came to us from Ilocos Norte in the Philippines in 2004. Filipinos are the 3rd largest ethnic group in Hawaii. Pastor Andy’s heart is to reach his people with the gospel. He teaches both a Filipino Sunday School class and a Wednesday night Bible study at the church. He is also available to conduct Bible studies in homes around the island. Sunday afternoon we have a special Waipahu Chapel service at 2:30 PM.
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We have a special Sunday morning service for all of our Pacific Islanders. Wether you are from the Micronesian Islands, the Marshall Islands or any one of the hundreds of other islands scattered throughout the Pacific, we have a place for you. Join together with us to enjoy fellowship with other island believers, sing the special island songs, and enjoy the bond that you have in Christ. Peter Reyes will be glad to talk with you and tell you more about this group in our church.
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We love our military and more than half of our membership is made up of families from all four branches, both officer and enlisted. In fact, Pastor Surface was prior Air Force, so we understand the challenges that face those who are serving our great country. Whether at home or deployed, we’re here to support every member of your family. While we may enjoy some friendly competition about which branch is the best, we are united in our love for one another through Jesus Christ. You are always welcome at Ohana!
Your First Visit
Your first visit to a church is a very big deal. There are so many new variables, people, and formats to discover that it can be a daunting task. And let’s face it: no two churches are alike. It is difficult coming from a church you were comfortable at, had friends, and fit in, to being in a brand new place you know nothing about. We want you to feel at home at Ohana right away. Here are some frequently asked questions that we believe will help make your first visit with us as smooth as possible.
What times are your services?
Worship Services: 8:15am & 10:30am
Sunday School (all ages): 9:30am
Evening Service: 6:00pm
Adult Bible Studies, Children’s Club, & Teen Service: 6:45pm
How do I get to Ohana?
We are located in the Mapunapuna area on the Makai side of the freeway below Tripler hospital, near the intersection of Puuloa Rd. and Salt Lake Blvd. We are less than five minutes away from the airport, Ft. Shafter, and Tripler Army Medical Center and about 10 minutes away Hickam AFB and Pearl Harbor.
When you get here, park in our first floor parking garage, or take the ramp up to the second floor parking area. We are near Sony, Young Guns, 99 Ranch Market, and Ben Franklin. Get directions from your location.
What can I expect?
From the moment you pull into the parking lot, you’re likely to feel right at home. Our parking team will direct you as you enter the parking structure, either upstairs or downstairs. Then, our greeters will be waiting and ready to give directions or answer any questions you may have. The Welcome Center is located at the center of the upstairs hall. Our receptionist will be able to give you information about the church and any upcoming events, as well as answer any questions you may have. From the Welcome Center, you can make your way directly into the auditorium where our ushers will welcome you, hand you our information-filled service program and direct you to your seat. Then just sit back, relax, and enjoy the service!
What are the services like?
What you’ll experience when you come to any of our services is a diverse, friendly community of thirty plus different cultures, members from every branch of the military, both young and old and all with smiling, friendly faces. Each service provides an opportunity for you to connect with others and grow closer to God through inspiring music, practical preaching, and a friendly atmosphere. It’s okay if you don’t have it all figured out yet, we’ll work on that together! Everyone is welcome.
How should I dress?
There is not a dress code at Ohana Baptist Church for members or guests. Our ministry leaders and many of our church family dress in their “Sunday best” dress according to the tradition and culture in which they grew up whether that be a suit and tie, Filipino Barong, or Hawaiian Aloha wear. Our main goal is that you would feel welcome and comfortable on your visit here at Ohana Baptist! We are just glad you are here!
Are there classes for my children?
From start to finish, we strive to make your families’ time with us a great experience! We seek to make this your child’s favorite day of the week. We use skilled volunteers, large air-conditioned classrooms, fun activities, and excellent programs to communicate the timeless knowledge of our loving God. We believe this makes our children’s ministry a place your child will be begging you to bring them back to each week! There are posted directories to guide you to your child’s class and our greeters will be available to help you.
Am I expected to participate in the offering?
No. We don’t invite you to Ohana Baptist Church for your offering. We want our service to be a gift to you. We hope you will find at Ohana a warm family spirit, truth from God’s Word, and a place where you can grow in God’s grace. Please don’t feel any obligation to participate in the offering as a guest.