Hawaii Welcomes New Pastors

By Miki Nelson

Travis Sager joins the pastoral team of the Hawaii Conference.

Travis Sager joins the pastoral team of the Hawaii Conference as senior pastor at the Honolulu Central church. Travis holds a Master of Divinity degree from Andrews University and a Ph.D. in preaching from Trinity Seminary/University of Liverpool. For 24 years, Travis has served as a pastor and conference department director in Texas, Kansas-Nebraska, and Illinois. He most recently was a district pastor, youth director, and senior pastor of the Hinsdale church in Illinois.

Travis met his wife, Renee, while attending Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska, and they were married in 1995. They welcomed a son, Brady, in 2006.

In 2003, Renee convinced Travis to visit Hawaii. They immediately fell in love with the islands and hoped to one day make Hawaii their home. That hope continued to grow as they made eight visits to the islands over the past 16 years, and it was fulfilled when the invitation to join the pastoral team in Hawaii was extended. The Sagers are thrilled to have been invited to pastor the Honolulu Central church.

Jay Warren also joins the Hawaii team as the pastor at the Aiea church. Jay received a Master of Divinity degree from Andrews University in 1992 and has pastored for 26 years in Washington and Arizona, spending the last 16 years at Thunderbird church. He enjoys hiking, biking, flying planes, music, and mission trips.

Jay married his high school sweetheart, Dee Dee, in 1984. Jay and Dee Dee have three children: Jason, Nathan, and Sara. The Warrens are excited about serving in Hawaii.

“It is a blessing and honor to find men of such spirit-filled character to join the Hawaii Conference ministerial team. Travis and Jay bring a passionate love for God and a wealth of experience effectuating His work. We foresee a tremendous blessing through their ministries and an enriching of our Hawaii `ohana through their gifts and considerable talents,” said Ralph Watts III, Hawaii Conference president.

“We foresee a tremendous blessing through their ministries and an enriching of our Hawaii `ohana through their gifts and considerable talents.”