mission Statement

Pacific Rim Christian University, an institution of higher education, exists to disciple emerging Christian leaders by developing their theology, ministry skills, and character in order to win souls, plant fruitful churches, and lead as exemplary ambassadors for Christ in the ministry and marketplace.


Our statements of faith


We believe that there is one God, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible authoritative Word of God.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious death and atonement through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal and visible return in power and glory.

We believe that man was created in the image of God, and that he was tempted by Satan and fell, and that because of the exceeding sinfulness of human nature, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely necessary for salvation.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life, and by Whom the Church is empowered to carry out Christ’s great commission.

We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the lost; those who are saved unto the resurrection of life and those who are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

Our incredible staff

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history of pacrim

Over 20 years in the making!

In September 1995, Pastor Wayne Cordeiro founded New Hope Christian Fellowship in Honolulu, Hawaii. He brought with him a passion to develop leaders for the church and decided to found the School of Church Planters (SCP) in response to this need for leadership training. Graduates of the SCP program went on to plant churches in more than twenty countries.

In 1998, the School of Church Planters was re-established as Pacific Rim Bible Institute, a formal Bible Institute of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. Pastor Wayne Cordeiro was appointed as President and Dr. Randall Furushima was Dean. Over the years, the Bible Institute grew into a college and finally, with the addition of graduate programs, the college became a university.

Between 2011 and 2015, the college was the Hawaii campus of New Hope Christian College in Eugene, Oregon. In 2015, by mutual agreement, the merger with New Hope Christian College was ended, and the Hawaii campus emerged as Pacific Rim Christian University, a new corporation with its own board. Dr. Kent Keith was appointed President, and Dr. Furushima was appointed President Emeritus and Dean of the Graduate School. In April 2015 the university, often known as “PacRim,” achieved independent initial accreditation from ABHE.  

PacRim seeks to serve the larger Christian community in Hawaii and throughout the Pacific Rim. In Hawaii, the university sponsors the John P.C. Makuakane Institute for Christian Leadership, which has offered training to Native Hawaiian pastors on the Island of Hawaii. In the Pacific, PacRim has relationships with institutes and colleges in Portland, Oregon; Ontario, Canada; Guam, Australia, Japan, and Myanmar. PacRim faculty and staff have taught classes or made presentations in Australia, Japan, Saipan, Singapore, and China, and PacRim students have made mission trips to Japan, Costa Rica, and the Philippines. The PacRim campus community continues to enlarge the original calling of the school to equip lay leaders, ministers, and professionals within the Pacific Rim to change the world for Christ.

A letter from our president

Aloha Voyagers,

Mahalo (thank you) for visiting the website of Pacific Rim Christian University! We are called “voyagers” because Hawaii’s identity was established more than 1,600 years ago when a courageous Polynesian chief named Hawai’i Loa sailed more than 2,400 miles over open water to reach our islands. What a voyage that must have been!  If you have the heart of a voyager, you can embark on a similar journey.

PacRim is the only accredited, Hawaii-grown, Protestant university. In the tradition of the Bible college, we offer Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees in majors such as Biblical Studies, Theology, Worship Arts, and Christian Ministry. Our faculty and staff are here to help you to lay the foundation for your entire life as a Christian, no matter what God may call you to do in ministry or the marketplace.  

Hawaii is a place of natural beauty and cultural diversity. We have a strong multi-cultural community of faculty, staff, and students who know each other, care about each other, and support each other. We invite you to join our mentoring, learning community. We will help you to grow toward God, enhance your relationship with Christ, and learn more about the ways in which the Holy Spirit moves in your life. During your time at PacRim, you can discover and develop the gifts that God has given you, and prepare to advance the kingdom of God in your own unique way. In short, you can discover your significance in Jesus Christ.


Together in God’s grace,


Kent M Keith, Ed.D.

(Left to Right)

Pastor Wayne Cordeiro (Chancellor) 
Dr. Randy Furushima (President Emeritus) 
Dr. Kent Keith (President) 


Pacific Rim Christian University is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in the State of Hawaii. The university is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education, 5850 TG Lee Boulevard, Suite 130, Orlando, FL 32822, tel. (407) 207-0808, www.abhe.org.

Pacific Rim Christian University is an Authorized School under the Hawaii Post-Secondary Education Authorization Program (HPEAP), Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapter 305J, cca.hawaii.gov/hpeap.