Jordan and Sonya Seng
Jordan and Sonya Seng founded Bluewater Mission in 2008 after twenty years of Christian ministry leadership across the country. They met as undergraduates at Stanford University where they were part of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and subsequently served as leaders in Vineyard Churches in the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicagoland and Boston. Jordan and Sonya have a long involvement with teaching, healing and prophetic ministry, worship, justice ministry, small groups, missions and church planting.
Jordan is the primary teaching pastor at Bluewater Mission Church. He was born in the California Bay Area and raised in Southern Oregon. Jordan holds degrees from Stanford University and the University of Chicago, with a Ph.D. in Political Theory; he did post-doctoral work at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. As a result of being entirely over-educated, Jordan's specialty is making overly complicated things simple and applicable. Before founding Bluewater Mission, Jordan was on staff at First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu for four years as director of small groups, outreach, prayer ministry and young adults. Jordan is the author of Miracle Work: A Down-to-Earth Guide to Supernatural Ministries (InterVarsity Press). He is a frequent guest teacher at churches and conferences worldwide; he was the keynote speaker at the 2016 New Wine Conference in the UK, a gathering of 24,000 over 2 weeks, and lead teacher for the Columbus Vineyard's 30th Anniversary in 2017.
Sonya serves as a pastor on Bluewater's Core Ministries Team, co-leads the Bluewater Women ministry and is currently the Interim Family Life Pastor overseeing Bluewater’s Kids and Youth Ministry. She was the startup and General Manager for Seed Restaurant, Bluewater’s social justice enterprise. Born and raised in Honolulu, Sonya graduated from Punahou School and received her undergraduate degree in Music and English from Stanford University. She served as an Associate Pastor at the Cambridge Vineyard Church in Massachusetts where she pioneered ministries for women and the arts. She was the keynote speaker for the Northeast Area Vineyard's Women's Retreat in 2017. She is also a professional actress and singer (SAG-AFTRA/Equity), a songwriter, and has appeared on television, film, stage and commercials across the country, most notably NOT dying at gunpoint on the season premier of Hawaii 5-0.
FAQ: While it sounds Chinese, "Seng" is a German name and while he's a mix of just about everything else, Jordan has no known Asian ancestry. Sonya is 100% Chinese so the ring of "Seng" works out pretty seamlessly for her. Jordan is a quiet vegetarian who enjoys organic gardening, sailing, knife-throwing and coaching track and cross-country. Sonya loves to laugh, eats everything, and listens to 70s hits. The Sengs have been married for 26 years and are raising two cool kids. They all reside in Honolulu with two cats, two dogs and a live-in grandma.
Administrative Pastor + Pastor of Arts + Pastor of 'Ohana Groups
Antonio is the Administrative Pastor of Bluewater Mission. He grew up in Hawaii and graduated from Mid-Pacific Institute. He attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa before graduating from Cornell University. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree from California Institute of the Arts. Antonion is a founding member of Yes Tiger Collective, a Los Angeles-based theater ensemble. He is an experienced actor, playwright, and teacher.
Using his creative background to help shape and foster the development of faith, spiritual giftings and power in the Lord of Bluewater Mission members, Antonio leads the Arts and Ohana Groups Ministries. The Arts Ministry includes prophetic art and special church services (e.g. Good Friday Service, and the Annual Spirit Night); Ohana Groups, coordinated in collaboration with Brenda Wong, are informal weekly gatherings that focus on learning more about the Lord. It is a unique opportunity for Bluewater Mission members to get to know one another in a smaller setting.
Antonio's experiences at Bluewater Mission could be described as explosive and authentic. “Bluewater is a place where there are no rules and no bounds, except for the tradition of faith. We are called to be pioneering in all aspects of the church and its outreach to the community. We do not follow traditions. We ask God how to do it and we follow His lead. We are always looking for creative ways to fulfill our mission.”
Worship Team Leader
Eunice is Bluewater Mission's Worship Team Lead. Originally from Singapore, Eunice graduated from Boston’s Berklee College of Music and is an award-winning songwriter. Eunice has been involved in worship ministry since college.
Eunice sees the worship team as a group of people trying to help others connect with God's presence. To her, the most exciting and challenging thing about worship ministry on Sundays is getting everyone to put aside distractions and worship God through music in a way that is authentic and freeing for each person.
Eunice finds that being in Bluewater helps remind her that she “hasn't arrived yet” at all the answers, and that she will always be a seeker, because there is more to learn and more ways to be transformed by God.
Eunice moved to Hawaii in 2005 and is married to Taylor Hanson, who also plays on the worship team. She spends her work days as a high school journalism teacher at Hawaii Baptist Academy, a college preparatory school in Honolulu.
COMMUNITY HOUSE LEADER
John Roberts leads Community Houses for Bluewater Mission. There are three houses: Kalihi 1 (K1), Kalihi 2 (K2) and Zoe house. The philosophy of the Community Houses is that everyone is struggling to live a life that reflects the life of Jesus and as a result every person is working hard on themselves. Each person is equal in the house because everyone is equal in God’s eyes. Everyone has a responsibility to hold one another accountable.
To date the Community Houses have helped over 30 homeless people get off of the streets and find the help that they need. But demand for the kind of assistance that the Community Houses provides far out-weighs the needs of the community; nonetheless each person who is served never feels like they are in a program. This is because the Community Houses are a community, a home, a family.
Besides leading the Community Houses Ministry, John is a music teacher at Punahou School where he teaches choir and musical theory. He is an avid volleyball player and has led a Bluewater Mission Ohana Group for 10 years. His group meets on Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm at K2.
PASTOR OF SPIRITUAL FORMATION
Larissa is the Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Bluewater Mission. In this role, she helps the community go deeper in the spiritual journey, become more like Christ, and encounter more of God. She also helps co-lead the Bluewater Kapolei / West Side Ohana Group with her husband Steve.
She was born and raised in Kula, Maui, and graduated from King Kekaulike High School. She went to Los Angeles, California to attend the School of Theatre and School of Cinema-TV at University of Southern California. After graduating, she joined the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship staff team at USC (where she met her husband, Steve). She served on staff at USC in various roles - including campus minister, Team Leader, Director of International Student Ministries, and Ministry Partnership Coach and Supervisor. While living in California, Larissa and Steve were part of a leadership team that planted a church in Torrance, California.
Larissa is a trained spiritual director. She created Spiritual Journey, a website that equips and guides people to go deeper in their faith journey with God. If you want her Weekly Notes of spiritual guidance sent to your inbox, sign up here. You can find her writing at her personal blog The Larissa Monologues, as well as contributing to The Huffington Post.
Larissa loves writing, reading with her kids, baking granola and bread, and drinking a good Old Vine Zinfandel. She and Steve have three kids - Aaron, Alexandra, and Aria.
PASTOR OF MISSION IMPACT
Steve is the Pastor of Mission Impact at Bluewater Mission. He equips and empowers people to plant Kingdom movements wherever they are.
He is from Lodi, California. After receiving a degree in Business Economics at UCLA, he went on to do inner-city ministry with Servant Partners, then came on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at USC. He spent 13 years working for InterVarsity. He continues to do coaching and consultation with InterVarsity's chapters in Northern California.
Steve and Larissa lead the Bluewater Kapolei / West Side Ohana Group, a gathering where anyone can encounter and respond to God, and be empowered in their God-given mission.
Steve and Larissa have been married for 12 years, and have three kids - Aaron, Alexandra, and Aria. Steve enjoys outdoor activities, board games, and mixology.
PASTOR OF 'OHANA GROUPS
Brenda is Pastor of `Ohana Groups in partnership with Pastor Antonio Anagaran. She wants to see Bluewater flourish in authentic, loving and empowering Christian communities where our faith in Jesus grows and we are sent out to be salt and light!. Brenda has a heart for justice, racial reconciliation, discipleship, inner healing, empowering leaders and seeing people come to Jesus. God spoke to her with 4 dreams in 2013, sending her out of an indigenous Hawaiian church to be part of Bluewater Mission.
Brenda is from San Francisco, joined InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, a ministry to college students in 1978 and was called by God to Hawaii in 1992 to help replant InterVarsity Hawaii. She is the Area Director and has seen the ministry grow from 2 students to 4 fellowships reaching locals & Pacific Islanders, students from the USA and international students on Oahu and in Hilo.
Brenda has master’s degrees in Christian Studies and Marriage, Family and Child Counseling and is currently completing a certificate in spiritual direction. Brenda was ordained in 2015 by three churches including Bluewater. She has lived in diverse communities for over 30 years and is delighted that God gave her a home near her favorite beach in Waimanalo. She loves going out to eat good food with friends!
Veronica “Vern” Lamb
Social Justice Director
Hey friend! I'm Vern (Veronica Lamb) and I run the Justice Ministry side of Bluewater Mission. We equip everyday people & create community based safe homes in Hawaii.
Since 2008 we've mentored well over 100 sex trafficking survivors in their journey to leave the exploitative sex trade. I've personally lived with most of them as I ran the first safe house out of my own home... All the while working a full-time day job in the tech industry and raising two kids.
It was fun. It was hard. It was worth it.
Finally in 2017, after the birth of my second child and quitting my day job, I dedicated myself to combining my tech skills with my ministry experience to create training materials that can be watched anytime, anywhere, and aren't dependent on massive amounts of money or restrictive schedules.
There are literally millions of human trafficking victims dying for a safe place to heal. The good news is there's 2.2 billion Christians in the world called by God to set the captives free. We can solve this problem. We can change the world. We just have to mobilize effectively & efficiently.
Drop me a message and let me know what you'd like to see covered in a Justice Ministry course.