Pastor Andre Weston
Pastor Andre Weston received a call to the Hawaii Conference in February of 2020. He has been serving in pastoral ministry for 4½ years. Weston received his Master of Divinity degree from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, in 2015 and also holds a Master of Arts degree in Public Communication from American University in Washington, D.C.
Weston is passionate about community engagement, evangelism, and creating nurturing space within the local church for youth and young adults to grow in Jesus. In a previous district assignment, Weston worked with the local church to create a quarterly youth Sabbath program, which led to the baptisms of six youth.
Weston is very excited to be part of the Hawaii Conference and to join the Pacific Union Conference family. He firmly believes that Hawaii is a wonderful mission field for service to Christ. Weston is married to his wife of seven years, Dr. Nicole Weston, and together they have enjoyed learning about their community on the Big Island, experiencing the island’s bountiful natural beauty, and writing songs and poems together.
Coming to the Hawaii Conference certainly happened in unusual times. Due to COVID-19 risks, Weston’s arrival was delayed, and he began his tenure with the Hawaii Conference via digital ministry from Mississippi. When he finally arrived in Hawaii, he continued digital ministry from home at first due to the state’s mandatory quarantine for new arrivals. Learning to serve through distance and digital ministry required using new technology, coordinating across time zones, and coming up with a systemic communications plan to keep the churches engaged while they worked toward reopening.
Weston looks at “quarantine” ministry as one of the many adventures that come when you follow the clear instructions of the Lord to the mission where He wants you. He and Nicole are happy to be in God’s will and about His business on the Big Island.
Pastor Enoch Brownell
Pastor Enoch Brownell was born and raised in California. The youngest of four children, Brownell gave his life to Jesus Christ and followed Him into ministry at the age of 17. He served as a literature evangelist, Bible worker, youth pastor, and high school chaplain over the next few years.
In 2005, Brownell graduated with a B.A. in Religion from Weimar College. Just a few weeks later, he married the woman of his dreams, Melissa, and began full-time pastoral ministry in the Northern New England Conference. After serving as a district pastor for four years, he moved his family to Berrien Springs, Michigan, to attend the seminary at Andrews University. In 2012, Brownell received an M.Div. degree and began eight years of ministry serving in the Northern California Conference.
Recently, Brownell was called to the Hawaii Conference to pastor the Honolulu Japanese church in Manoa, Oahu.
He shares 15 years of marriage with Melissa, and they have been blessed with four beautiful children: Taliah, Titus, Tessah, and Taten.
His philosophy is that we are all called to be “priests”—that God has given us the privilege and responsibility to seek after the lost and bring them to the feet of Jesus for healing and salvation.