In 2014, five friends from Minnesota randomly moved to Hawai'i for a year to escape cold winters and enjoy island life. On Sunday nights they ate pancakes and studied the Bible together. They began inviting friends and people off the streets of Waikiki and this “Pancake Night” accidentally turned into the beginnings of a church.
In 2008, Brady, one of the five, sensed God calling him to be a pastor while attending a Bible camp. Brady didn’t want to be a pastor, but couldn’t forget this call no matter how hard he tried.
Calling met opportunity for Brady when “Pancake Night” grew and God gave him the vision for this church. This is when God began to change his heart to accept the call to be a pastor and to start the Waikiki Beach Gathering.
In 2016, Brady moved back to Oahu and planted this new church with a few friends meeting at a picnic table in the Kapiolani Park section of Waikiki Beach.
The Gathering has grown since the picnic table days through the help of many mission-minded helpers and leaders. We thank and praise God for how he has blessed our ministry and we are excited for what’s to come. This is only the beginning!
Pastor Brady Arneson
Brady loves the Gathering and the people of Hawai'i. He is passionate about sharing the simple gospel of Jesus through being real and relaxed. He desires to push Christians out of their comfort zones and challenge Christian cultural norms. He enjoys surfing south shore with friends and cliff jumping waterfall hikes. He also works at the Sheraton Waikiki and The Modern Honolulu. Brady plays drums on the worship team and you may see him walking around Waikiki. Say hi!
Brady has graduated from the Free Lutheran Bible College, the University of Northwestern, and is currently pursuing his Master’s of Divinity at Liberty University Online.