Our Staff

Get to know some of our wonderful staff members of Aiea UMC

  • Samuel Nam,  Senior Pastor

    Pastor Sam is an ordained elder in the California Pacific Annual Conference and has served in various churches in the Cal Pac over the last 17 years. The son of a United Methodist pastor, Pastor Sam grew up all over Southern California and went to high school on Oahu.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Washington University in St. Louis, MO and an M.Div from Fuller Theological Seminary.  Pastor Sam is married to Minhee and they have three children.

  • Joseph Siofele, Associate Pastor

    Pastor Joe has been our Samoan language pastor for over 2 decades. His gentle spirit & abiding faith makes him a natural leader. 

  • Ghislande Leneus, Director of cHRISTIAN eDUCATION

    Ghislande "Ghis" Leneus has been serving AUMC since 2021. She grew up in New Jersey: a graduate from William Paterson University of New Jersey with a B.A. in Psychology. She was raised in a Christian home and always been a follower of Jesus Christ. She has been in Ministry since 2005, serving on staff in various roles in Chapels and churches in New Jersey, Fort Drum NY, Germany, and also here in Hawaii: services includes Nursery Attendant, Children's Sunday School Leader, AWANA, and VBS. Ghis is married to Marcus and together they have 6 beautiful girls. As DCE, she shares a passion for helping all children grow closer to God.

  • ESMI BENaVIDES, executive assistant

    Esmi joined the AUMC staff in the summer of 2022. She is originally from San Antonio, TX, but further developed her relationship with God while living in Virginia and Georgia. Esmi is currently studying Early Childhood Care and Education at American Military University and plans to become a family counselor. She moved to Hawaii with her husband, Daniel, in March 2022 and they spend their extra time with their rescue dog, Zuko.

  • RONDA ORR, Rainbow Choir director

    Originally from North Dakota, Rhonda has lived all over the US (and the world) since marrying Joe in 1984. She has been in a growing relationship with God since her high school years.  Music, vocal and/or instrumental, has always been a big part of that relationship, whether just the two of them (think prayer closet, only at a piano) or with others.  Rhonda's hope and prayer is that whatever happens musically at AUMC, it will bring honor and glory to God, and bring our AUMC ohana closer to Him.

  • Tyler Ramos, piano accompanist

    Dr. Tyler Ramos is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he pursued a music theory minor and arts leadership certificate, and was Studio Teaching Assistant to Natalya Antonova, Class Piano Teaching Assistant, and Graduate Accompanist. Tyler completed his B.M. at the University of Hawaii, and his M.M. at the University of Arizona. He is also an amateur baker on a quest to make the perfect French macaron.

  • karen Carlisle, bell choir director

    Karen has rung handbells for more than 40 years and directed youth and adult handbell choirs for over 27 years. She is an accomplished solo ringer and a clinician for handbells, doing maintenance work for numerous choirs. She graduated from the University of Hawaii with a bachelor's degree in psychology. Karen has lived in Hawaii since 1995. She's married to Dan and has two lovely young children.

  • Falefia Misiluti, Samoan Choir Director

    Fa has been a part of our Aiea UMC for over 20 years. He was born and raised in Samoa, and discovered his love of singing at around age 7. He is a self-taught piano player that can reciprocate a melody after hearing it only once.  As the Samoan Choir Director, he composes, records, and layers his music for worship services. Looking forward into the future of the Samoan choir, he is excited to collaborate with our Rainbow Choir and prepare for joint performances! Every one of his three children were raised within this church and his family continues to grow. 

  • wilhelmina toledo, lead custodian

  • bobby Kawasaki, Nursery Attendent

    Robert Kawasaki, also known as Bobby was born and raised in Pearl City, HI. He's been with Aiea United Methodist Church since he was a baby and his personal goal after college is to become a school counselor or a social worker. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, golf, and video games. He is thrilled to be part of the Children’s Ministry as a Nursery Attendant and Sunday School helper.