Lee Axtell is a native of San Pedro, California. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 1985, and earned a Masters of Divinity from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1989 and Masters of Sacred Theology in Pastoral Care from Andover Newton Theological School in Boston, Massachusetts in 2002. He is a Navy Chaplain and serves at the Naval Health Clinic Hawaii. Lee is an avid surfer and lends his tenor voice to FBCH’s Chancel Choir. He is married to Paula and they have three daughters Kayleigh, Alexandra and Piper.
Crystal is a local girl born and raised in the sugar plantation town of Waipahu, the youngest of 5 children. She was raised by Christian parents that made her go to church every Sunday but she did not accept Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior until the Fall of 1974. While attending UH Manoa, Crystal joined First Baptist Church of Honolulu and has been a member there for over 30 years serving in a variety of different ministries. Currently she sings in the choir, and serves on the Executive Board but her passion lies in teaching. She is also gifted in mentoring other women in their faith. Crystal is a single parent of a wonderfully creative daughter (Lace) who is attending the Art Institute in San Francisco. While at UH Crystal earned a Bachelors in Human Development. She is employed by the Hawaii Association of REALTORS as Manager of Institute Services.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, moved to Texas in 1974 and to Honolulu in 1985. While in Texas, she received Master’s degrees in English and Education, taught school, and worked for a district attorney. Shortly after moving to Honolulu, Makiko began teaching at the University of Hawaii where she met her husband, Henry, who was born in Manhattan, New York, and raised in Honolulu. Currently she is an executive of a local firm. Her hobbies include painting and reading. Growing up, books were always part of her life as her multi-lingual father was a publisher. Her parents gave her an English Bible as a 13th birthday gift, encouraging her to learn its history and philosophy in order to fully enjoy and appreciate Western literature. The Bible, once a historical book to her, is now a very essential guidebook for her life.
Michelle Morales was born in Seattle, WA, raised in northern California, and grew up in Honolulu, HI. Hawaii has been her home for over 20 years and continues to be the place where Jesus calls her to grow. It was the love of her friends, Sonnie and Elston, that invited Michelle to FBC of Honolulu two years ago. Michelle has a heart to serve others in hopes that they will make love their greatest aim. Michelle is a McKinley H.S. and the Shilder College of Business, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa alumni. She is currently employed as a HR professional for a locally owned company. Quality time with her boyfriend, family, and friends along with hugs, reading, eating good food, laughing out loud, dancing to the beat and off the beat are just some of the happy moments that have her loving the life she lives.
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Dianne spent the first 9 years of her life there before moving to Florida where she lived for 7 years before moving back to Atlanta. Dianne worked for United Airlines for over 34 years in administration. She moved to Hawaii in 1970. For the past 10 years she has been involved with March of Dimes. Dianne also has a special place in her heart for the Good News Jail and Prison Ministry having had a father who spent time in prison. Dianne’s other interests include her 1967 Mercury Cougar and NASCAR racing.
Sharon has been a member of the church since 1971 and has served in many leadership positions. She has heart for missions which has led her on mission trips to Nicaragua, Thailand, Burundi, Indonesia and Malaysia. [READ MORE] Her bucket list includes trips to China and the Middle East. Sharon sings in the choir and is also part of our Praise & Worship team.She is originally from Pennsylvania but is considered “Kamaaina” since she has lived Hawaii since 1970. She is widowed, has two children and three grandchildren who live in Australia. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming at the beach or playing piano and ukulele.
Lourriane was born in the Republic of Palau located in the West Pacific Ocean. She accepted Christ in the summer of 1977 through a VBS program taught by students from Bethania High School, a Christian school. In 1999 Lour moved to Hawaii to pursue her education. She is married to Tim and they have one daughter, Jackie, born in 2006. Jackie was dedicated to the Lord in a baby dedication service here at First Baptist Church. Lour works for E Noa Corporation six days a week. She is grateful that she does not have to work on Sundays so she can attend worship services. She spends most of her free time studying the Word but also enjoys playing computer games.
Karl, the newest member of our team, was born in Washington D.C. Having a father in the military, he has lived in New York state, Japan, Oklahoma, California and Hawaii but most of his formative years were spent in Alabama where he still has family today. Karl lived in Hawaii at Schofield Barracks while his father was stationed here from 1958 – 1961. He returned in 1991 and has lived here ever since. For nine years he worked for the Department of Education as a Suspension Officer. For the past 18 years he has been a Resident Manager at the same place, a 108 unit High Rise. Karl enjoys riding his motorcycle, fishing, target shooting and weight-lifting.
Jazzy Skurtu was born and raised in Texas. At age 15, she and her family moved to Hawaii. Jazzy has had a natural love for music from a very early age, singing even before she could speak. That love for music led her to learn to play the guitar 13 years ago, eventually earning a degree in guitar performance from the University of Hawaii at Manoa where she now teaches guitar performance. When she is not leading the worship at FBCH, she is traveling the world [READ MORE]playing music with ukulele virtuoso Taimane Gardner. In her free time Jazzy enjoys surfing and riding her motorcycle. You can learn more about Jazzy and her musical abilities and interests on her website www.nightbloommusic.com
For 30 years Roy was the band director at Central Middle School. For 20 years he has been and continues to be the conductor and principal oboe in the O’ahu Civic Orchestra, also playing in the Honolulu Symphony for 7 years. More recently he has added Oboe repairman to his musical resume’. Roy also enjoys fishing and coin & stamp collecting. He and his wife of 53 years, Carolyn, have a son and daughter, three grand-daughters and a new great grand-daughter.