IMG_1325.PNGSenior Pastor – Sione and Margaret Tilini  facebook icon

Pastor Sione Tilini was born September 25, 1966 in Tonga. At the age of 7 his mother led him to Jesus Christ. Pastor Sione came to Hawaii at the age of 15. He met his wife, Margaret Lindsey, in 1987.  

They began attending New Hope Waimea Christian Fellowship, a new church plant in Waimea, under the leadership of Pastor Wayne Cordeiro. In 1988 they married at New Hope Waimea Christian Fellowship under the new Senior Pastor Larry Gillis.

Pastor Sione began working for New Hope Waimea Christian Fellowship in 1991 in the Childrens’ Church ministry. In 1995 New Hope Christian Fellowship moved to its current location, with Pastor Sione continuing to work in the Childrens’ Ministry. Several years later, Pastor Sione began to work in other areas of ministry: youth, church council, Bible study groups, etc. When Pastor Adrian Bernal became Senior Pastor, Sione began to assist with other ministries: Ushers & Greeters, Sound & A/V, and Childrens’ Church.

In 2004 Pastor Sione applied for and became a licensed Foursquare Pastor under Senior Pastor B.J. K’ilimai, and became the Childrens’ Pastor. Pastor Sione also stepped in as an Associate Pastor, leading the home study groups, Children and Youth ministries.

Pastor Sonny Shimaoka became Senior Pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship in 2008, with Pastor Sione continuing as Associate Pastor covering the youth ministry, preaching at second service, and filling in wherever needed. In 2012 Pastor Sione became Co-Pastor with Senior Pastor Shimaoka, taking on more responsibility. In January 2013 Senior Pastor Shimaoka stepped down as Senior Pastor and Pastor Sione became Senior Pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship.

In 2013 New Hope Christian Fellowship planted a new church in Waikoloa, with Co-Pastors Rick and Lori Nagaoka. Senior Pastor Sione and the church council covered, guided and assisted the church plant – both administratively, financially and blessing the church plant with pastors and members felt called to transfer to the new church plant – with Pastor Sione’s blessing. In March 2017 the Waikoloa church plant became chartered and were released from New Hope Christian Fellowship.

New Hope Christian Fellowship continues to be blessed under the leadership of Senior Pastor Sione Tilini.


FrenchMarriage & Family Counselor – Peter and Gail French

Assistant Pastor Peter French and his wife Gail have a great love for all things nature! They love digging in the dirt, growing their ever-producing vegetable gardens and planting beautiful trees. Pr. Peter loves deep-sea fishing and also has spent many years travelling the world as a succesful photo-journalist. He also pours his heart and his hands into Kokua Ministries, a ministry which helps to feed those who are in need as well as praying with them. Gail is an avid diver and also heads up a children's program at one of the hotels on the Kohala Coast. Not only do they love all things nature but also all things Godly: God's People, His World, and His Word. They are true servants of the Lord, who both have a passion to see the lost come to Christ.  Pr. Peter is a knowledgeable Bible teacher and always shares the Word with great passion and conviction. He and Gail live in Kohala and are parents to 3 children and 4 grandchildrens


Pastor Jeff Klohns and FamilyYouth Pastor – Jeff Klohns

 Biography and photo coming soon...


Kenny Urbanozo and FamilyChurch Bookkeeper – Kenny Urbanozo

Kenny Urbanozo is our church bookkeeper. He & his family have been attending New Hope Waimea since 2002, serving in different areas of ministry there. Kenny has been a head usher for 9 years, while wife Sian has served in children’s church. She’s also led Operation Christmas Child for the last 5 years. Son Arel is a member of the youth group & also does PowerPoint for our Sunday services, while daughter Noelle is excited to come to church & help with greeting & passing out the bulletins.