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 Pastor Joshua and Doreen Williamson
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
Scott Ishiyama has been a follower of Jesus Christ since 1982.
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).