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Our Staff (Listed Alphabetically)

ANNIE GROVES  • Daybreak Kids Coordinator


Annie coordinates our Daybreak Kids ministry on Sunday mornings.  In this role she works closely with our volunteer leaders and teachers to support our Daybreak Kids classes on Sundays, oversees our classroom curriculum, and helps to equip our team of over 100 Daybreak Kids leaders.

She has been married to JD for over ten years and they are parents of three little ladies one one man baby - Elianna, Claire, Melia, and Wesley. They love calling Hawaii home! In addition to serving families at Daybreak, Annie enjoys running a photography business, writing, drinking coffee with good friends, and exploring our island with her family.





JD GROVES  •  Worship Director



JD leads us in worship on Sundays both in music and liturgy.

A guitar player and singer, JD enjoys his family, music, good coffee and time at the beach.  He is an all-around fan of the ocean and likes body surfing (body whomping) Sandy's and Makapu'u, as well as surfing his home breaks on the Windward shores.










Erik serves our ministry teams, including our Gospel Communities, by doing his best to answer the question, "How do we...?"

Erik and his wife Jessica moved to Oahu in 2011 and have been part of the Daybreak 'ohana since 2015. In addition to being a book nerd, Erik loves craft coffee, snorkeling and generally being outside whenever he can be.








laura kerns  • church administrator


Laura serves our church through administration at our main office throughout the week, as well as in most ministry areas of Daybreak.  She and her family love to spend time around our island, at the beach and with their Gospel Community's weekly gatherings.









Walt mix kealekupuna  • pastor, community & mission


Pastor Walt leads us in the areas of Community and Mission.  This is a role that spans being connected in meaningful neighborhood partnerships here locally- serving our kupuna, students, and houseless communties, all the way to the other side of the world- working with our global missionaries.

He and Sally have one daughter, Emma.  You can catch Walt throghout Hawaii as he plays slack key festivals, and as he regularly leads us in worship on Sundays.  He is also our resident luchador.  Naaachoooo!!!!






SEAN PALMER  •  Lead Pastor


Pastor Sean serves as our Lead Pastor- guiding vision, Sunday morning preaching, and leading our staff.

He has been married to Jessica for 15 years and has three kids: Kana, Nakoa & Anuhea.  He's a surfer, Brazilian jiu-jitsu enthusiast, vinyl record spinner, craft coffee fan, and dad to two pitbulls.  He also spends some of his free time coaching as a trainer with Egan Inoue's Fit Body Bootcamp in Kailua.