Rev. Jonathan Hayashi
Although I was raised in the church, attended AWANA, and went to a Christian school, I didn’t begin a personal relationship with Jesus Christ until the summer after my seventh grade year. At summer camp, the speaker challenged us by comparing the wise man with the foolish man in different areas of our lives. I realized that I was living the life of the foolish man and that I knew a lot about God, but I didn’t know God personally. I was living a duplicitous life, acting one way in church and home and a totally different way when with my unchurched “friends”.
When an altar call was given, I went forward, repented of my sins and gave my life to Jesus Christ. I was born again at that Bible Camp and my life changed from that day on. As I desired to know Christ more, I got involved in my youth group at my church. During my junior year of high school I felt God’s calling on my life to pursue full time ministry. The influence of my youth pastor also impacted my decision to go into the ministry.
I graduated with a BA in Religion with a concentration in Pastoral Ministries from Vanguard University and was ordained for ministry in 2000.
I married my high school sweetheart, Michelle Alderman and God has blessed us with five children: Elizabeth, Jon Jr., David, Sarah, and Anna.
I have been in ministry since 1994 and served my first church in the areas of youth pastor and Christian Education director. I then became the senior pastor at the next church in which I served and am now here at Lighthouse Fellowship as their senior pastor.
My mission is to use the gifts and talents God has given me to equip and train people to be godly examples in their spheres of influence, to do the work of the ministry and to help them learn how to live for Christ daily through the power of the Holy Spirit.
My life verses are:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and turn away from evil. (Proverbs 3:5–7, NASB95)
I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death...(Philippians 3:10–11, NIV84)