What We Believe
Current Statement of Faith

In December 2016, we approved our new statement of faith.  The MBC Confession of Faith is largely based on the 1833 New Hampshire Confession and to some degree the 1689 London Baptist Confession. We believe these most adequately describe who we are and what we teach.  
Click on any of these creeds to read them.  

We also offer an annual 9-week Bible study class entitled, “What We Teach.”  This gives everyone a chance to better understand the Biblical reasoning and foundations for what we do here at MBC.

To Know the Word, Obey the Word, and Proclaim the Word

This simple phrase has become a sort of tagline for our church body. The Bible says that the church exists to be a “Pillar and buttress of the truth;” that God, “of His own will, brought us forth by the word of truth;” and Jesus Himself prayed for all believers saying, “Sanctify them by the truth, Your Word is truth” (1 Tim. 3:15, James 1:18, and John 17:17, ESV).

Therefore, we do not believe the power of transformation is in church programs, events, innovation, marketing, and certainly not, “in ourselves.”  No, the power of salvation and change is in the Word of God.  Therefore, we seek to saturate everything we do with the Word of God.  If you would like to listen to some examples of our pastors’ expositions from the Bible, click here.

What to Expect
on Sunday

As you might expect in Hawaii, our church is a body made up of many different ethnicities, colors, and cultures.  At the last count we had over 50 different nations represented in our church body!  We gather together to equip one another through faithful exposition, grateful praise, and cheerful fellowship of, by, and in the Truth of God’s Word.

Come on the Lord’s Day and you will find a warm, welcoming group of Christ-followers focused on singing and studying God’s truth revealed in His Word.  Get involved in a family group (held in various homes around the island midweek in the evenings), and you will engage in meaningful relationships that will help you live out the Word of God in your daily life.

Church Staff

Jon Elliff

Jon Elliff

Elder; Pastor-Teacher

Jon has been pastor of Makakilo Baptist Church since the summer of 2010. He is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University (1997) and twice of Southern Seminary (2002, 2007). His passion is text-driven, expositional preaching and the discipling of men, especially for ministry. His desire is to faithfully carry out the Biblical role of pastor-teacher by focusing his attention on the study and delivery of God's Word to God's people. Jon's favorite hobby is spending time with his wife Becky and his five daughters.

Ryan Edwards

Ryan Edwards

Elder; Family Pastor

Ryan was born and raised in Littleton, Colorado. He served in the Navy for 22 years and completed his final two tours of active duty in Hawaii. Ryan was called into full-time ministry in June of 2015 and considers himself blessed to be able to work with the youth of MBC and to serve this great church family. He is happily married to the wife of his youth, Michelle, and together they have two fantastic kids.

Jim George

Jim George


For thirty years Jim served both Grace Community Church (Sun Valley, CA) and its sister institution, The Master's Seminary. While there, he served in several pastoral roles as well as the Dean of Admissions. Jim and his wife, Elizabeth are both well-known Christian writers and speakers and still travel often to fulfill that role. They have two daughters and eight grandchildren.

Jonathan Dirrim

Jonathan Dirrim

Elder; Worship Pastor

Jonathan has served as Worship Pastor at MBC since July of 2015. He and his wife Chriselda both grew up in pastor's homes and have a heart to serve God's people in the local church. The Lord blessed them with a beautiful daughter in 2017. Jonathan is a graduate of Mid-America Christian University in Oklahoma City, OK (2003) and of Southwestern Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX (2008). His goal is to help faciliate Biblical worship, specifically in the area of music. His desire is that all believers would worship Christ in spirit and truth.

Karen Hockett

Karen Hockett

Administrative Assistant

Karen was born and raised in Hawaii. Her passion is to serve Christ and others by assisting the Pastoral staff and serving in many different ministries. When you walk into the church office, you will be greeted with a friendly smile and a kindhearted spirit! Karen is married to the love of her life, Gary, and has two children and four grandchildren.

Spencer Revely

Spencer Revely

Pastoral Resident

Spencer first came to MBC as an intern in the summer of 2016, and in the summer of 2017 he returned as a full time Pastoral Resident. Spencer grew up in Dove Canyon, CA, and in May 2017 graduated from the Master's University with a B.A. in Bible Exposition. He believes God has called him to pastoral ministry and plans on beginning seminary soon. While at MBC he seeks to primarily serve the people of the church, and secondarily, to learn about full time pastoral ministry.


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