We believe that each person has value and the right to be challenged in their faith.
We love coming alongside people and helping them discover what God has for them.

YWAM Value # 12 Do first, then teach
YWAM is committed to doing first, then teaching. We believe that firsthand experience gives authority to our words. Godly character and a call from God are more important than an individual’s gifts, abilities and expertise.

If you would like to be a part of this amazing team, first serve as Kokua Crew for at least 6 weeks and we will take it from there!

Our Current Staff Team


Nelson and Ann Sophie Nyman are from Chicago, USA and Karlsruhe, Germany!

An international couple who met in YWAM… they lead the Kokua Crew program and have the best job in the world!

As a couple, they also pastor the Pu’uanahulu Baptist Church!

The Little Red Church

John Hartley

The most personable man we know! He’s got the energy of 10 Energizer Bunnies wrapped up together!

Ask him how many times he’s been to the top of Mauna Kea Mountain in the Jeep he calls, “Rocky”.

An Oregonian and extremely proud of the Beavers!


Guy and Mary Grable… Our servant-hearted, Santa Cruz natives…

Completed their Discipleship Training School at YWAM Ships right here in Kona in 2019!

Always down for a beach trip, game of Frisbee and excel in the gift of hospitality!