I’m New: (A note from Pastor Joshua)
Welcome to Pacific Islands Bible Church. As the Senior Pastor of PIBC, it is my prayer, hope, and joy for you to be a part of our Ohana (family) as we share in fellowship (community) with our Lord Jesus Christ. As a newcomer to PIBC, I first want to welcome you to our Ohana by explaining what you will most likely encounter on your first (few) visit(s).
First, we have two parking lots; one in front of the church and one behind the church. Connecting these two parking lots are two one-way roads which wrap around the structural building of PIBC. If you need a closer parking space, we have three designated handicap parking places located by the greeter’s tent. Simply drive up to the front door and park.
Second, we offer take-home products located in the front of the church. Please feel free to ask the greeters about these products.Behind the church, in the back lanai, we offer hot coffee, water, and juice as well as finger-foods. This location is generally where our members gather, share a story, and catch up with one another about what our week consisted of. Please feel free to grab both: a drink with a snack as well as someone to talk a story to.
Thirdly, a typical Sunday service last approximately one hour. We worship in song for about 20-30 minutes followed up with a practical 30-minute lesson. It should be important to note that our service starts at 10:00 AM. There is generally a ten-minute break between the singing and the beginning of the sermon. This ten-minute break allows parents to sign their children into our Keiki Sunday School.
Fourth, our band(s) generally sing from four to six songs. We do not have a pause during our praise time, once the singing begins there is not a break until the bands step down from the stage. When the band members step down from the stage this is the designated time for announcements. If by chance, someone misses the announcements, they are also printed on the Sunday Bulletin along with the sermon notes. Please ensure to ask the greeters for the church bulletin.
Finally, if you would like to listen or watch Pastor Joshua preach prior to coming to our PIBC Ohana, please feel free to click on WATCH SUNDAY MESSAGES for any of his past messages. If you would like to attend one of the many MINISTRIES we have at PIBC please email the Ohana Leader for any upcoming events or scheduled outings.
WHERE IS PIBC?
From Honolulu (area):
H1 West to H2 North. Continue driving on H2 North until you reach exit 7, Leilehua Golf Course Road. Exit right onto Leilehua Golf Course Road and take an immediate left at the stop sign. When you come to the red-light intersection, proceed to take a left on HWY 99 South (Wheeler Army Airfield is directly in front; opposite side of the road). At the very next red light you will need to be in the left turning lane. Proceed to turn left on Waikalani Dr. PIBC is maybe a Â¼ mile up the road on the right (95-075 Waikalani Dr, Mililani, HI 96789).
From Windward Side:
H3 to H201 going toward H1 West. H1 West to H2 North. Continue driving on H2 North until you reach exit 7, Leilehua Golf Course Road. Exit right onto Leilehua Golf Course Road and take an immediate left at the stop sign. When you come to the red-light intersection, proceed to take a left on HWY 99 South (Wheeler Army Airfield is directly in front; opposite side of the road). At the very next red light you will need to be in the left turning lane. Proceed to turn left on Waikalani Dr. PIBC is maybe a Â¼ mile up the road on the right (95-075 Waikalani Dr, Mililani, HI 96789).
From North Shore:
Proceed to drive on Kamehameha HWY (HWY 99) due South and drive through Wahiawa (do not exit as though driving to Schofield). You will need to go under the H2 underpass and continue driving due South maintaining Wheeler Army Airfield on the right side of the lane. Continue driving and pass the National Guard facility that will be on the left side of lane (red-light). Once you have passed the National Guard Facility, go down the hill and proceed to get into the left turning lane once approaching the red-light. Proceed to turn left on Waikalani Dr. PIBC is maybe a Â¼ mile up the road on the right (95-075 Waikalani Dr, Mililani, HI 96789).
H1 East as though driving to Honolulu and take exit 8B driving toward Mililani. Continue driving on H2 North until you reach exit 7, Leilehua Golf Course Road. Exit right onto Leilehua Golf Course Road and take an immediate left at the stop sign. When you come to the red-light intersection, proceed to take a left on HWY 99 South (Wheeler Army Airfield is directly in front; opposite side of the road). At the very next red light, Â you will need to be in the left turning lane. Proceed to turn left on Waikalani Dr. PIBC is maybe a Â¼ mile up the road on the right (95-075 Waikalani Dr, Mililani, HI 96789).
From Schofield or Wheeler Army Airfield:
Continue driving HWY 99 with Wheeler Army Airfield on your right side and pass the National Guard facility that will be on the left side of the lane (red-light). Once you have passed the National Guard Facility, go down the hill and proceed to get into the left turning lane once approaching the red-light. Proceed to turn left on Waikalani Dr. PIBC is maybe a Â¼ mile up the road on the right (95-075 Waikalani Dr, Mililani, HI 96789).
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We focus on Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Bible in governing all areas of our living and beliefs. In summary, our beliefs are: We believe in one God, who exists eternally in three co-equal persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the authority of the Bible as our primary source of information and authority regarding our faith and living. It is authoritative in its approach to every area of life it addresses. We believe the Bible is the very words of God, and as such are without error. We believe that it was uniquely given to mankind and is trustworthy. It provides us with God’s loving gift of salvation, is plan in human history, and successful principles for daily living.
We believe that originally, mankind was created by God in the process of a literal seven-day creation period, and that the first man, Adam, chose to willfully turn his back on God through disobedience (sin), which resulting in him being relationally separated from God. That sinfulness has been passed down to each following generation of mankind, separating them from God as well. We believe that as a result, mankind has a bent toward evil and not good. This bent is called sin.
We believe that because of His love for mankind, God made a way to overcome man’s sinful bent by sending His Only Son, Jesus Christ, Who was born of a virgin to die as a payment for man’s disobedience. We believe that after His death, He rose from the dead by the power of God on the third day. His sacrificial death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead provide the only avenue through which restoration with God the Father possible.
We believe that through the simple, personal act of depending upon Jesus death as the full payment for our sins, everyone can be restored to a right and intimate relationship with God (becomes a Christian).
We believe that once a person has placed their trust in Jesus Christ in this way, they receive within themselves the Holy Spirit, Who is their Helper, Teacher and Guide in all areas of life and spiritual knowledge. The Holy Spirit works in the life of the Christian to transform their character so that over time they begin to take on the character of Jesus Christ. Though this is the Holy Spirit’s role, individual Christians can resist His efforts through disobedience to Him, which results in a lack of fulfillment in life, the discipline of God on the person, and loss of eternal rewards in the future.
We believe that all people who place their faith in Jesus Christ in this way are united together into one unit, one “body” called the church. The church gathers together for encouragement, teaching, and worship for better equipping each member to help others in the church and to spread the message of salvation through Jesus to their individual communities.
We believe in and regularly take part in two symbolic acts within our church; Communion (also known as The Lord’s Supper, or The Lord’s Table) and Baptism. Communion is a remembrance of the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ and is participated in by those trusting in Him for their salvation. Baptism is an act in which the person being baptized is identifying themselves with Jesus Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection; symbolizing that they, like Jesus now have a new life.
We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus to earth. After this will be a time of universal judgment (known as the Great White Throne Judgment), when God will make final judgment on all men based upon their acceptance or rejection of Jesus as Savior. Those who have accepted Him as Savior are eternal citizens of God’s kingdom while those who have rejected God’s loving offer of salvation through Christ will be eternal residents of Hell.
PIBC Philosophy of Leadership
Proverbs 15:22 states, “Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed” (ESV).
PIBC is an elder ran church. What does this mean? Pastor Joshua is not the sole authority within the body or within the leadership; he is one of many. The elders of the church meet once a month to discuss spiritual growth, planning, discipleship ministry, God’s direction for the church (short and long term), as well as many other areas of concern. They will agree or disagree on the topic at hand then pray for God’s guidance and wisdom concerning a matter.
Once a year PIBC conducts a yearly business meeting which is open to the members of the church. During this business meeting members may express their concern, gratitude, as well as opinion. All of the elders are generally present during this meeting so members of the congregation can address them as needed.
MEET THE LEADERS
Joshua Williamson has been a follower of Jesus Christ since 1996. He has been married to Doreen since 2005 and has four children: Evelynn, Ethan, Micah, and Lydia. Joshua has three bachelor degrees: New Testament Theology, Expository Preaching, as well as Ministry in Church Planting. Currently Joshua is continuing his education pursing a Master of Divinity.
Aside from being the senior pastor, Pastor Joshua oversees the music ministry, youth group, as well as various Ohana Groups throughout the week.
Pastor Joshua grew up in a family that went to church. His father, Toni Williamson, worked a sales job Monday through Saturday but he took off every Sunday, and as a family went to church. He remembers, at the age of 12, while attending a summer camp being challenged for the first time to make a commitment as an individual for Jesus Christ. Being on the “Jesus Team” seemed good to him at the time. His parents seemed good, they cared for others and if there was an all loving God, he figured to be a Christian made sense.
When he was a senior in high school, he started to get to cool for youth group and his parents compromised with him; he didn’t have to attend youth group although he did have to attend Sunday service with them. Looking back, he is sad he was not able to be a spiritual leader to other students, but truth be told he didn’t feel or believe he had faith himself. It was during that final hear of living at home that he really began listening to what his pastor was sharing on Sunday mornings. The need for salvation had started to make sense as he struggled with sin. he was also learning about Jesus and the nature of His Upside-down Kingdom. Although Pastor Joshua couldn’t share an individual sermon he heard that final year, the Holy Spirit continued to move within his curiosity and interest and develop a hunger within him to desire the spiritual things of God. He was convicted, in an effective way, to put aside the things he desired for selfishly and began, for the first time, to look for the Kingdom of God first; for himself.
Doreen was adopted when she was eight years old. Her father, JR, took his family to a small lake in California for some family time and began speaking to her about what adoption was about and what it meant for her individually. He also explained how our Heavenly Father adopts us as His children. I was a little girl of many questions and I loved talking. We talked about the cross, about sin and forgiveness, about baptism all while swimming in the beautiful lake water. I told my father that day that I wanted Jesus and I wanted to get baptized. Her dad beamed with excitement and told me we would get with the pastor and schedule a time at church. But I said, “Dad we are in water right now”. So my dad baptized me right then and there, in the lake.
Remembering that day, I treasure the words Paul writes to the church in Ephesus:
He chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will.
I am so blessed to have an earthly father give me such a tangible example of our Heavenly Father’s amazing love.
Since that day at the lake my life as been a whirlwind. I am now a Pastor’s wife in beautiful Hawaii and a mother of four precious children. I have had to learn a lot about when it means to follow Jesus as a wife and mother. Not in a million years would I had expected to be a stay home mom when I had dreams and ambitions of becoming a medical missionary.
In Colossians 3, the Apostle Paul writes, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” This has been huge in my life.
If you would like to schedule a coffee, ask about PIBC, or just talk story please feel free to get his attention and schedule a time of fellowship
Blessings and Cheers in Jesus Name
He has been married to Debi since 1989 and they have two children: Erin and Ian.
Scott has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and currently works at the City Department of Transportation Services in Honolulu.
Scott is also in charge of the Missions and Finance Committee.
Steve Poulos has been a follower of Jesus Christ since 1971.
He has been married to Lisa since 1986 and they have four children: Karese, Kina, Serene, and Luke.
Steve has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and currently works for the University of Hawaii in Research.
Steve is also in charge of the Keiki (Children): Nursery (infant to age 2), Rainbow Room (2-4 years old), and Keiki Kove (5-12 years old).
Giving To PIBC (Tithing/ Offering)
Checks need to be made out to “Pacific Islands Bible Church”.
At Sunday services, checks or cash may be put into one the three offering boxes inside the sanctuary. Communication Envelopes for cash are available in the chair backs and at each offering box.
Checks may be mailed or dropped off to: Pacific Islands Bible Church 95-075 Waikalani Dr. Mililani, HI 96789
A couple of options through your bank is to utilize their Bill Payment option or to schedule Direct Deposits to PIBC’s account. If you would like more information on setting either of these options you may contact your bank or the PIBC office.
For other types of donations such as stocks or property, contact the PIBC office.