Listed Alphabetically

pastors and elders

JD Groves

Worship Pastor, Elder

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.


Community & Missions Pastor, Elder

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 communities, 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 throughout Hawaii as he plays slack key festivals, and as he regularly leads us in worship on Sundays.

Sean Palmer

Lead Pastor, Elder

Pastor Sean serves as our Lead Pastor-guiding vision, Sunday morning preaching, and leading our staff. He is married to Jessica and together they have three kids. He's a surfer, Brazilian jiu-jitsu enthusiast, vinyl record spinner, craft coffee fan, and dad to two pitbulls and one trouble-puppy. He's also a fitness coach at East Side Fit Club in Kailua.

Brad Rimmel


Brad serves on our Elder team. A life-long resident of Kailua, he and his family have been a part of our church since the late 70s. He loves spending time with his family, walking the neighborhood, and being out on the water.

ministry staff

Amanda Duke

Audio/ Visual Ministry Director

Amanda has been with our church since 2013. What started as offering to help wrap cables after service has grown over the years, and she now leads our AV Ministry! She is our A/V Ninja by day, and works as a laboratory scientist by night.  

Annie Groves

Student Ministries Director

Annie serves as director to Daybreak Youth, our student ministries (7th- 12th graders). 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. 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.

Jessica palmer

Ministry Administrator

Jessica serves as our Ministry Admin.  She is married to Sean and is Mom to three growing teenagers.  Outside of her time spent here at Daybreak, she loves to hike, drink coffee, and listen to records with her fam.  She is an avid paddler with Kailua Canoe Club.