Lead Pastor : Greg Scott (Pastor G)
Our current pastor and his wife, Annette, arrived in Waikoloa in October 2014. Greg is the Lead Pastor of our church and Annette serves by his side as our Office Administrator. They are living their dream of working together in full time ministry. Greg is a native of Newark, Ohio and graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Case Western Reserve University in 1987 and an M.Div from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1994.
He is known for his sense of humor, singing voice, dramatic flair and inspirational preaching. Gifted in evangelism, teaching, administration, pastoring, discernment and leadership, Greg brings 28 years of ministry leadership experience with him. He describes himself as a retired football jock but current theater/music/computer/sci-fi geek! He is also major fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers!
While in Seminary, Greg was one of the directors of Ichthus Ministries, a “Woodstock-style” Christian weekend music festival that drew over 20,000 participants each year. After graduating from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1994, Greg began his pastoral ministry in Goldsboro, North Carolina with the United Methodist Church. From 1994-1998, he led one of the two churches he served there from a worship attendance of 40 people to over 200 people and started over a dozen active small groups. He also led the church through a 10,000 square foot building addition program. Greg then spent 12 months in Wilmington, NC helping a failed church plant heal and transitioned the people into other healthy congregations in the area.
In the fall of 1999 the Scott family moved to New Bern, NC. Both Greg and Annette served on the pastoral staff of a new church plant in New Bern, which grew from a core group of sixty people to over 600 people in average weekly attendance. Greg led that church through a 15,000 square foot building project and led the launch of over 40 small groups. While in North Carolina, Greg also received advanced training in church planting, church leadership and congregational development.
In June of 2003, Greg and Annette began to feel God was leading them to plant a new church in thier home state of Ohio. Through a series of rapid developments, God confirmed that they were to be the founding pastoral family of a southern Ohio church called Fellowship of Faith. That church grew from 8 core families to a weekly worship attendance of 450+ people and they launched over 30 active small groups. During their ten years there they also led the church through the purchase of 40+ acres of land and the construction of a 12,500 square foot building project.
They remained at Fellowship of Faith until the end of 2013. Empty nesters by that time, Greg and Annette felt led by God to resign from that church and begin searching for a new ministry opportunity. About the same time, Greg suffered a catastrophic burn injury in a gasoline explosion and that delayed their search for a new church pastoral position for six months. Finally, in June of 2014 God led them to apply to WCC and they were eventually selected by the church and began serving here at the end of October, 2014. Greg and Annette love exploring and can usually be found out somewhere on the Big Island on any given Friday or Saturday.
Church Administrator: Annette Scott
Annette grew up in Alexandria, Ohio and studied for two years as a Chef’s Apprentice before marrying Greg. She also has over 14 years of Children’s and Youth Ministry leadership experience and has received advanced training in Children’s Ministries from Group Publishing.
She served on staff as the Children’s Pastor at New Song United Methodist Church in New Bern, NC for four years and as the Children and Youth Pastor at Fellowship of Faith for four years. She also has 24 plus years of experience as an Office Administrator. She has worked for Toyota, a large hospital emergency room and an internet based e-commerce art company. She brings all that experience as the Office Administrator of WCC.
Annette also serves as a volunteer on the church council as Outreach Coordinator and as the Sound Board and Media Technician at both Sunday morning services.
Greg and Annette have two grown children. Their daughter, Becca, is married, and lives in Traverse City, MI with her husband Cory. Their son, Josh, lives here in Waikoloa. They have no grandchildren … yet … other than a dog and two cat fur-babies who live in Michigan with their daughter, Becca.
Youth Pastor: Keoni Sugimoto
Our Youth Pastor, Keoni Sugimoto was born and raised in Hawaii. He grew up in Waimea and graduated from Honokaʻa High School. Keoni says there was very little, if any, spiritual influence in his life as he grew up. It wasn’t until after High School that God revealed Himself to Keoni. He says God showed him His love through a person named Jamie.
On December 5, 2005 Keoni was baptized at old A’s by Isidoro Manzo, the pastor of the church he was attending at the time. He says at that time God was moving in his heart to leave his job and seek after Him. He left his job, moved in with the pastor and his family, and got to experience ministry life. He also had the privilege to go to the Philippines with the associate pastor Don Fujiwara.
Keoni started his journey in ministry by helping where ever possible in the church. He participated in set-up and clean-up and then started helping with kids. In 2006 he was asked by Cookie Hudson if he wanted to be involved in Younglife and he was hooked. In 2007 he went to his first Younglife camp and has been involved ever since.
Keoni joined the staff of Waikoloa Community Church in 2011 as our Youth Pastor. He has served as one of the leaders of the Wyldlife and Younglife programs here in Waikola and he teaches the youth during the 10:00am Sunday morning worship experience as well.