Our Redeemer Lutheran Church is the first congregation of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod to organize in the Territory of Hawaii. For more than seventy years it has been a congregation of faithful Christians who gather every Sunday to receive God’s offered blessings of the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation. With a strong emphasis on preaching the Gospel in the center of Honolulu it is the LCMS congregation closest to the surf and sands of Waikiki. It has maintained the classic Lutheran worship service and a high standard of music in support of that worship.
My name is Christian. For a brief time (from grade school until the seminary), I went by “Chris”. That was a phase, a long phase, but still a phase. First and foremost, you need to know that I am a sinner, a sinner who was cleansed by the blood of Jesus. I believe that the Word and Sacrament change lives; I know they changed mine. I love serving God as a pastor, having been reared in a Pastor’s home, and attended all Lutheran schools, starting with elementary.
My favorite book of the Bible is Romans, especially Romans 7. Personally, I think this matters more than knowing I’m from Arizona or that I graduated from Lutheran schools and universities.
Jesus loved me so much, He died for me; Jesus love you so much, He died for you!
Pastor Christian Rasmussen
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC
Karl D. Bachman has been the Director of Music at Our Redeemer since 2005. He graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis, did graduate work in organ performance and music history at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and served pastorates in Maryland, Ohio, North Carolina, Tokyo, and Hawaii. Karl also serves as the Concert Chairman for the Hawaii Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Sharon Shinno is a mother of three and grandmother of four and worked as an optical manager and assistant for 42 years. She has been a member of Our Redeemer since 1979 and our administrative assistant since 2015.