The Waikiki Beach Chaplaincy was founded on February 8, 1970, according to the providential will of God and under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, who called Bob Turnbull to establish a ministry on the beach at Waikiki. By executive proclamation, Governor John A. Burns conferred upon him the title “The Chaplain of Waikiki Beach.” He served until November1980 at which time Gene Ozbun assumed his position as President/CEO. Alex McAngus followed Chaplain Ozbun and has served since June 1988.
The WBC maintains an office in Waikiki as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation, which assures that all contributions fully qualify for federal and state tax exemptions. It is an independent evangelistic ministry that is funded solely by the goodwill offerings of individual contributions, which totally serves to support outreaches in Hawaii, the mainland and abroad. All staff personnel, without exception, agree to voluntarily develop their own base of financial support in order to fully maintain their personal living needs and travel.
Under the leadership of the President/CEO, with advisory counsel and support from the board of directors, the Waikiki Beach Chaplaincy has had the specific purpose of applying all of its recourses to “Proclaiming Christ to the Nations Since 1970” by TAKING THE LIVING GOSPEL TO WHERE THE PEOPLE ARE. This is a mission committed to reaching out both to the community and visitor population (who annually travel from seventy different nations to visit Hawaii). It is clearly a mission of evangelism endowed from the beginning with the passion to consistently live-out its love affair with Jesus Christ in the beauty, charm and openness of this “Playground of the Pacific.”
Since the WBC is called to engage people where they are (with no respecter of person no matter who they are or what they are), the performing arts of music and dance framed against the backdrop of our Hawaiian culture are used as a platform to gather people who will witness the testimonies and Gospel of Jesus Christ – “For faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” (Romans 10:17). This is an experience that translates for the believer so engaged, an aspect of encouragement and awe upon hearing the Gospel and witnessing the worship of Jesus Christ in an open secular and temporal setting without division, exclusion or walls. In obedience to this fundamental calling, approximately 5000 Bibles are distributed annually free of charge.