Matt Brunk

Birthday: November 23

Education: BA in missions at West Coast Baptist College

Ministry Experience: Youth Pastor, Singles’ Pastor, and Young Marrieds’ Pastor

Favorite Verse: Psalm 27:14

Matt Brunk was raised in a small country town in the state of Maine. As a child, he was raised in a Christian home in which his dad was a volunteer youth leader. At the age of twelve, Matt was saved and soon after accepted the call of God to missionary work.

Pursuing God’s will, Matt attended West Coast Baptist College from 2009-2013. There he earned a BA in Missions. During Matt’s childhood, God burdened him to reach the local people of Hawaii. As he attended West Coast God brought several people from Hawaii across his path. As Matt continued to trust God, the door was opened Matt’s senior year to become the youth pastor at Ohana Baptist Church in Honolulu, Hawaii.

While attending college Matt met his wife Katie and the two married in June of 2014. Over a four-year period, Matt and his wife lead the youth, singles’, and young marrieds’ groups at Ohana. This hands-on ministry training helped Matt grow and develop into the preacher he is today.

In October of 2016, their Pastor (Wayne Surface) spoke to Matt about heading out to start a church. After prayerful consideration and counsel, God made it very clear that this was His will. From this direction of God, Reach Maui was born.

Today Matt is as passionate as ever to reach the local people on the islands of Hawaii. He is still motivated by what God placed upon his heart as a child, “People go to vacation there (the islands of Hawaii), but who is reaching the local people?”

Katie Brunk

Birthday: April 12

Education: 2 years at West Coast Baptist College

Ministry Experience: Church Secretary and Pastor’s Wife

Favorite Verse: Romans 8:28

Katie Brunk (Grasso) grew up in the state of Connecticut. She had the privilege of being raised in a Christian home. As a young girl, Katie was saved and baptized.

By the time she was a young teen she already had a heart for missions – specifically to Mexico. This desire along with the counsel of her pastor led her to attend West Coast Baptist College. During her first year there she met Matt and by the end of the first semester, they were dating. With the counsel of several different leaders at West Coast, Katie completed 2 years of college and then got married to Matt in 2014. 

Today Katie is doing exactly what she had always wanted to do. She is a stay at home mom, a wife, and a servant of God. Though she may not be in Mexico, she knows she is exactly where God wants her and she wouldn’t change a thing!

Leilani Brunk

Birthday: February 23

Favorite Movies: Tangled, Moana, and Frozen

Favorite Toys: Usually anything that is not a toy 

Favorite Verse: Romans 8:28

Leilani (usually called Lei) was born in Honolulu, HI. Most of her life has been spent traveling around with mom and dad as they seek to raise the funds need to start a church in Maui. Though she is in the car a lot, she loves to get out and run around. The ocean and simply being outside are two things she likes most. 

The Brunk’s Anniversary

June 7



P.O. Box 219228
Houston, TX 77218


Ohana Baptist Church
2879 Paa St
Honolulu, HI 96819