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Kaumakapili Church welcomes Rev. Dr. Douglas Wooten as our new Kahu Mua.

After nearly three years without a senior Kahu, Kaumakapili has finally selected our new Kahu. His name is Pastor Douglas A. Wooten and below are excerpts in his own words of his Call to discipleship and ministry and his priorities as Kahu Wooten leads Kaumakapili Church into the future.
 
Pastor Douglas A. Wooten was previously the Senior Pastor and member of First United Church in Franklinton, North Carolina. Pastor Wooten is an Ordained Minister with full standing in the United Church of Christ. Pastor Wooten was ordained on September 8, 2008. His current standing is held in the Southern Conference by the Eastern North Carolina Association.
 
Pastor Wooten’s Theological background: Bachelor of Art Religion and Philosophy, 2003 and Master’s in Divinity, 2007 both from Shaw University of Raleigh, North Carolina and a Doctorate from the Association of Chicago Theological Schools Doctor of Ministry in Preaching, 2018.  
 
Pastor Wooten says I know that I have been called by God to minister to his people and to give wise counsel. Matthew 28;19 says, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost..." Just as Jesus commanded his Disciples, I know that Jesus has commanded me to do the same. I am confident of in my calling because of the evidence that it has produced; through the baptizing of many and the witnessing of the transformation of lives. The voice of Jesus has pierced my heart to GO and minister to the people of God. I have traveled to the most silent and rural parts of North Carolina to the bright lights of California to proclaim his Word. I believe the church of Jesus Christ is the starting place of the word, Go! Matthew 28:20 says, And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age". It is because of this fact that Jesus has been with me. I know the church has called me to, go and make disciples of all the nation, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is my fervent mission to continue to build the body of Christ, to bring souls that are lost into his everlasting care.
 
I am totally passionate about the local church! The local church is the heart of Christ and it is the foundation of the gospel. The local churches, with all of its ups and downs, still thrive through Jesus Christ. There cannot be an association or conference without the local church. The Spirit of God has prompted me to study the birth of Christianity and the early church's struggles as they made the shift from temple worship to receiving the Holy Spirit in the upper room. Specifically, I began to understand that temple worship was how God's people meet Him. Even though the early Christians received the Holy Spirit, the church continued to struggle; however, they relied on the Holy Spirit to give them guidance as they waited for the return of Jesus Christ. We must use this example from the early church as a model for the twenty-first-century church and the spreading of the Good News. I have a passion that the values of productivity and efficiency of the church will become apparent as we continue to be led and be empowered by the Holy Spirit. God continues to speak to us and guides us even in this new millennium. God has allowed the spirit of Jesus Christ to be revealed to me so that I may help others be productive in accepting God. I was born in the UCC and have personally witnessed the struggles of the denomination. I have actively sought to learn about, as well as address, many of the issues the UCC has faced. The work of the church is ever-changing because the world is ever-changing. God has equipped the church with the ability to adapt to these changing times. God has placed in me a spirit of renewal which encourages me to help others embrace the attitude and disposition of the early church. It is with passion and prayer that, through God's Holy Spirit, the church will spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to every corner of this world, to every person, regardless of race, age, color, sexual orientation, mental or physical disabilities and socio-economic status.
 
Pastor Wooten will begin as Kahu of Kaumakapili Church on Sunday, January 14, 2018. Pastor Wooten is married to the former Ms. Yulanda Tisdale for 31 years and together they have two adult sons named Douglas Wooten Jr. and Adam. Both sons reside in North Carolina.

Please join us as during this time of visioning and new beginnings.

Aloha Ke Akua,

Kaumakapili Staff and Volunteers