Our Team


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John Danganan

Lead Pastor

Facebook: johndanganan
Twitter: @jdanganan

John Danganan was born in the Philippines, raised in Los Angeles and moved to Honolulu in 2010. Since graduating from LIFE Bible College he has served in youth ministry, as an associate pastor, and now as the lead pastor for New Hope Community Church. John has been married to the love of his life Renee since 2005 and they have three energetic boys Judah (12 years old), Noah (10 years old) and Ezra (3). John considers himself a burrito connoisseur. He enjoys playing congas and hanging out with his family.

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Renee Danganan

Evangelism Director

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/renee.danganan

Renee is a servant at heart and is called to lead people into the presence of God through worship. Upon graduation from LIFE Pacific College with a bachelor's in Biblical Studies, she has been in full-time ministry as a worship leader and creative director. She enjoys swimming, biking and going on hikes with her husband John and their three boys.

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Damon Perez

Edification Director

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Damon Perez was born and raised in Fresno, CA, studied at the University of Santa Barbara and with an entrepreneur heart went to work for a private Christ-centered company that manages electronic payment transactions. In 2003, he took a leap of faith and accepted an opportunity to expand the company brand in Honolulu, HI. Since then, he has been married to his wife Jestine Perez for 10 years now. They both serve as Church partner representatives for Compassion International. Dedicated to raising homeschooled children, Damon enjoys quality time w/the family, drinking good coffee and always a good laugh!

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Patrick Machado

Y+YA Life Stage Pastor


Patrick was born and raised on Oahu. Been married to his high school sweet-heart Rachel since 2008. Together they have 4 children; Chloe, Kaya, Patrick III, and Judah Bear. Has been serving in youth ministry since 2002, overseeing a ministry since 2014 and now is New Hope Community Church Y+YA life stage pastor. Patrick loves music and games. Believes Taco Bell, Teddy’s Bigger Burger, Chilis, Sam’s Club, Foodland, Xbox, Green Bay Packers … is best.