Pastor Bob became senior pastor at Kailua Church in July 2006. Prior to his return to the Islands he pastored the Living Hope Church of the Nazarene for 9 years in Thousand Oaks, CA. Pastor Bob and his wife Jude, first moved to the Islands in 1980 where he served as a youth pastor at the Kaneohe Church of the Nazarene, before being appointed to start the Paradise Park Church of the Nazarene on the Big Island. While in Paradise Park, he oversaw the construction and completion of the Church Sanctuary. In 1988 Pastor Bob and his family moved to Maui where he pastored the Kahului Church of the Nazarene for 7 years.
Bob graduated from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho and has a Master's of Religious Education Degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary. It was while he was at Seminary that he met and fell in love with Jude Foerstel, a nursing student at Kansas University. They were married in 1977. Bob and Jude have 3 children: Daniel, Bryan and Greg. Jude has earned a doctorate from USC and is presently a professor of Nursing at the University of Hawaii.
Pastor Bob is a gracious man that loves providing whatever is necessary for you to grow closer to Jesus. This can be as simple as involving you lunch after church, to one on one talks about how God is moving in your life and some ways you can make space for His spirit to move within you. He is truly a shepherd that looks after his flock and a great man of God.
Patti has been the Office Administrator since 2002. She is always ready to serve others and to assist you towards getting your questions about Kailua Church answered. She loves the Lord with all her heart and that love carries over into her ministry wherever she is.
As a resident of Lani Huli Apartments, Patti leads our Sunday evening ministry that takes place in the community room at 6pm.
If you have any questions about Kailua Nazarene, just call the Church and Patti will be sure to direct you to an answer!
Patti's hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday Mornings and from 8:30am - 12:30pm. Her day off is on Thursday.
Karelin recently join our staff as Digital Communication Director. The Kailua Church has been her church home since 1986. Over the years, she’s served in many areas including leading worship, women’s ministries, Sunday school teacher, bookkeeper, and more.
No matter where she serves, Karelin’s goal is to encourage others to dive deeper into the love of Jesus.