Our Staff

  • Pastor Tim Ellington

    Pastor Tim is our Lead Pastor. He is a native of Seattle, Washington, and has lived in Tennessee, Pennsylvania and California. He graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles and Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. Prior to coming to Kailua UMC, he served Trinity UMC in San Diego. Tim has been married since 1997. His wife Cindy is a Marriage and Family Therapist. Their two sons are Micah, 10, and Daniel, 8. Tim loves teaching and equipping people to be a part of what God is doing in the world. He is fascinated with sea turtles and loves 80’s music. 


  • Shelly Yuen - Office Manager

    What I enjoy most about serving the church: Meeting all the different people. Favorite Music or Musician: All different kinds, including Hawaiian Music, especially Na Leo Pilimehana, Brothers Cazimero; Vivaldi; Fleetwood Mac. Favorite Sports: Volleyball.


    Who Inspires Me: My late mother and my daughter. What I like to do when I’m not at work: I love to go to the beach and beachcombing, because I make stuff out of the things I find; shopping, of course; hanging out with my friends. What most people don’t know about me: I grew up in Kailua and went to high school with Carol (Martin) Kalahiki.

  • Mahe Vakauta - Worship Leader

    Mahe was born in 1987 in Tonga, youngest of 7 children, later moved we to the United States in 1992. Mahe spent his youth growing up on the Big Island and later moving to Oahu in 2000. Realizing his passion for praise and worship music, Mahe joined the United Methodist Hawaii District Praise Band “Souly His” in 2008. Continuing in the music ministry Mahe would become a Worship Leader at Kapolei United Methodist Mission, a Music Director for the Walk To Emmaus Community on Oahu, before joining Kailua United Methodist Church in 2015 as a Worship Leader. 

  • Carol Morse - Accompanist

    An accomplished keyboardist, Carol plays organ for our worship service and accompanies the choir . She performs in various places with a jazz ensemble led by her husband Jack called the Hymncats.

  • Barbara Ellis - Accompanist

    Barbara has played the piano at KUMC for almost four years. She is a music teacher at Hongwanji Mission School. In her free time she sings with the Windward Choral Society, Hawaii Opera Theater, and assists with Ohana Arts productions.

  • Aliya Petranik - Tech Director