We believe the Bible allows for the autonomy of each local church, and that the leadership structure for the local church is that of elder-led congregationalism. We are currently in a season of transition in order to bring our practice in alignment with this belief. We appointed our first elder-council during the summer of 2018. In the future we hope to continue to cultivate and train a multitude of elder-qualified men to serve at Kahului Baptist Church and around the world as church planters, faithful pastors, and missionaries.
"And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed." Acts 14:23
RANDY PAULEY PASTOR
Randy grew up in a military family and has desired to proclaim the Gospel and serve the people of Hawaii since he was a senior in high school. He came to Maui in 2009 and served as a Police Officer with the Maui Police Department while serving as a member at Kahului Baptist Church. He became the pastor in 2013 and has joyfully been serving ever since. He is a graduate of Baptist Bible College in Springfield MO. and is pursuing (slowly) an M.Div. through the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville KY. He has been married to Brittney for 8 years and they have 3 young children, 1 dog, 1 cat, and an ever rotating assortment of spiders and geckos.
JIM WELLSAND PASTOR
Jim has served as a pastor for 30 years on the mainland. He “retired” from the pastorate and moved to Maui in 2012. As a man called by God to shepherd the flock, by no means has he retired from the ministry of the gospel. In his retirement he has served as an interim pastor at Lahaina Baptist Church, and helped with pulpit supply in various others churches throughout his time on Maui. Jim has been a member at Kahului Baptist Church since 2015 and been actively involved serving the body in anyway needed. He recently became an elder/pastor in June of 2018 and is excited to serve the body. Jim has been married for 48 years to his wife, Lynn, and they have 3 adult children and 4 grandchildren.
Bill Staton pastor
Bill's testimony is a beautiful picture of a God who pursues and transforms His people into conduits of mercy. He was saved as a result of the preschool ministry of KBC in 1995 while his son was a student. He subsequently joined the church and has been serving in various capacities for the past 23 years. Most recently, he has been a faithful deacon, teaches Sunday School, counsels members as needed, leads our prison ministry, works behind the scenes, and conducts various other forms of outreach and service in our community. He has extensive training in anger management, mediation, marital counseling, and an ever-growing grasp on the sufficiency of the Scripture to equip God's people for every good work. Bill and Lena have been married for 34 years and have 2 adult children, 2 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild.