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  • Mailing Address: 94-050 Farrington Hwy. #C2 Waipahu, HI 96797



  • Phone: (808) 678-3776
  • Email: 
  • Mailing Address: 94-050 Farrington Hwy. #C2 Waipahu, HI 96797



About Us


A Brief History

New Hope Leeward was birthed from modest beginnings in 2003 when Pastor Wayne Cordeiro, Senior Pastor of New Hope O’ahu, and former New Hope Leeward Senior Pastor Mike Lwin dreamed of a church in west O’ahu with a vision to minister to the Leeward community. Today New Hope Leeward continues to passionately pursue our founding mission with two campuses conveniently located in Waipahu and Kapolei and ministries that reach and care for our community!



Our Leadership

Wayne Cordeiro, Senior Pastor

Pastor Wayne Cordeiro is the founding pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship in Honolulu, Hawaii, and a church planter with over 124 churches planted in the U.S. and Pacific Rim countries of the Philippines, Japan, Australia and Myanmar. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of New Hope Christian College in Hawaii, Oregon, Myanmar and Tokyo. He has authored twelve books including Dream Releasers, Attitudes That Attract Success, Leading on Empty and more. Pastor Wayne and his wife, Anna, have three married children and six grandchildren. Read Pastor Wayne's full bio here.

Josiah Nordgren, Lead Pastor

Pastor Josiah Nordgren is the Lead Pastor and also serves the dual-role of Kapolei Campus Pastor. He has been with New Hope Leeward since 2013. He is a graduate of Kaiser High School; has been in ministry since 2007, and has been a pastor since 2009. He is married to his wife Alexis and together they have three children, Tsiantas, Aurora and Mathias. His heart for New Hope Leeward is “to see people fall more in love with Jesus and see that love spill into the streets.

Art Larson, Campus Pastor

Pastor Art Larson is our Waipahu campus pastor and has served in various pastoral capacities with New Hope Leeward since 2003. Pastor Art is a proud veteran of the Hawaii Army National Guard, and is a bi-vocational minister. He is married to his wife Sandi, and together they have three children and two grandchildren. His heart for New Hope Leeward is to shepherd the people of God, reminding them of their Kingdom value no matter what their past may have been.

Alec Shimizu, Teaching Pastor

Pastor Alec Shimizu is a teaching pastor who has been with New Hope Leeward since 2002 serving in multiple capacities including worship leader and as a pastor since 2009. A local graduate from Kaimuki High School, he earned his Master’s in Education from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and has been an educator for over 20 years. He currently works as a Resource Teacher for the Dept. of Education, mentoring other teachers. He is married to his wife Lynne and together they have two sons, Noah and Luke. His heart for New Hope Leeward is, “that we would be a church where people learn and grow in their knowledge and love of the Lord.”



Our Staff

From a retired Air Force Colonel to a recent graduate of the UH Film School and every thing in between, our staff come from all walks of life and backgrounds. We are committed to ensuring that New Hope Leeward is a welcoming place where you can have a genuine encounter with Jesus Christ and grow in your spiritual walk.



Our Purpose

To present the Gospel of Jesus Christ in such a way that turns non-Christians into converts, converts into disciples, and disciples into mature, fruitful leaders who will in turn go into the world and reach others for Christ.

At New Hope Leeward, we believe that fulfilling this purpose statement is dependent on four different areas of spiritual growth.


Communicating the Gospel in contemporary ways that reach the heart.


Creating a community of Biblically functioning believers in healthy relationships with one another.


Discovering the joy of being a fully contributing member.


Responding to His commission to partner with Him in reaching others.



Our Beliefs

We believe that every person, Christian and non-Christian alike, is valuable to God and to His Kingdom.
Because people are eternally valuable to God, they are to us as well. Responsible evangelism will always be our cause and ongoing discipleship will always be the core of the ministry. (Matthew 18:14; Matthew 25:45; 2 Peter 3:9)

We believe that “doing church as a team” is God’s design for effective ministry.
A Spirit-empowered serving with the willing hearted involvement of every person is vital to God’s plan being accomplished. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; Psalm 133:1; Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Peter 2:4-9)

We believe that a simple presentation of Jesus Christ in creative ways will impact and transform lives.
Relating to our culture through redeeming the arts while remaining true to the Scriptures is a balance we will always keep. This allows us to present the Gospel in such a way that reaches the heart. (1 Corinthians 9:22, 23; Acts 17:22-34)

In Keeping with the Great Commandment, we believe every member should commit to a lifestyle of consistent spiritual growth with honest accountability.
A genuine love for God is always the first priority. Every Christian should yearn for continual spiritual growth. Therefore, discipleship through small groups, accountability, and open honesty is critical to maturing in our faith. (Mark 12:29-31; Acts 2:44-47; 1 Peter 2:2; 1 Timothy 4:7-8; Proverbs 27:17)

We believe that every member is a minister who has been given gifts to be discovered, developed, and deployed.
We are a gift-based, volunteer driven church. Each believer will find his greatest joy and fulfillment when serving in his spiritual gifts and passion. Every believer is created for ministry, gifted for ministry, authorized for ministry, and needed for ministry. (Mark 10:45; Ephesians 2:10; Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12:14-20)

We believe that God is worthy of our very best.
Therefore, a growing spirit of excellence should permeate every activity. Not perfection but excellence with consistent evaluation and a willingness to improve for the sake of the Kingdom of God are distinctive
of growing ministries. (Psalm 78:72; Daniel 5:12; Colossians 3:17; Ecclesiastes 10:10)

We believe that genuine love and caring relationships are key to the life of every endeavor
Refusing to give audience to a spirit of complaining, we will instead be courageous in solving every problem in a way that honors God and builds biblical character. We value healthy relationships by protecting the unity of the Spirit in our church. (James 1:2, 3; 1 Peter 3:8, 9; 1 Corinthians 13:8; Romans 16:17; Ephesians 4:3)

We believe that the most effective evangelism happens through people inviting people.
We believe that a life will reach a life. Each believer develops genuine relationships with friends and family and extends an invitation to them. Evangelism gets to be a normal, natural lifestyle of winning others to Christ, one by one. (Proverbs 11:30; John 1:43-45; John 4:28-30)

We believe in identifying and training emerging leaders who are fully committed to Christ and who will reach their generation with the Gospel.
God is raising up men and women who will take the baton of godly character, authentic faith, and servant-hearted leadership into the next generation. (2 Timothy 2:2; 1 Timothy 3:1; Titus 1:5-9; Psalm 78:6, 7)



Our Denomination

New Hope Leeward is a part of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. The Foursquare Church believes that Jesus Christ is the Savior, Baptizer with the Holy Spirit, Healer, and Soon-Coming King. We stand firm on the foundation set by Hebrews 13:8, which proclaims: “Jesus Christ the Same, Yesterday and Today and Forever.” Learn more about Foursquare here.

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