By Robert Miller
While Mike and Danni Komatsu were busy raising seven young children and Mike was pastoring Lana’i Baptist Church, they hoped that all seven children would grow to be faithful church members. Little did they know that four of their boys would follow Dad’s footsteps into full-time pastoral ministry. Mike and Danni were surprised when their sons voiced their desire to follow God’s lead into ministry. Mike served twelve years on Lana’i and seventeen years at Kahului Baptist Church. The time invested in ministry and their children would set a solid biblical foundation that would significantly influence their children.
Fast forward to 2022, and today Maui County Baptist Association (MCBA), which includes the island of Lanai, has been populated with Komatsu pastors. Rocky (Emily) has been pastor of Waiehu Community Church on Maui for four years, where Mike and Danni, sister Carrie Beth (Johnny), brother Kenny (Sarah), and their families are members.
In 2021 Van Michael (Delaney) started his first lead pastor role at Kihei Baptist Church on Maui. Chris (Shawna) is the most recent addition to the MCBA family. He began his pastoral ministry with Lana’i Baptist Church in March 2022, the same church where the Komatsu children were raised. Trevor (Amber) ministers in Florida. He is the NextGen Pastor at First Baptist Church of Jacksonville. Their sister Jessica (Aaron) also lives on the mainland and is active in her church
Although only one of the four brothers, Chris, aspired to be a pastor, four brothers have responded to the call to vocational gospel ministry.
The connection between the brothers goes beyond the last name. They are close friends. This allows them to speak openly and honestly about personal and ministry concerns.
It was never the goal of Mike and Danni to raise future pastors, but as they step back and reflect on their growing family, they are thankful that their children are serving the Lord, married to believers, and raising Godly children.
Mike and Danni are also grateful to God for blessing them with 16 grandchildren, with more to come.