Monday, December 29, 2014

Profiles: Rev. Gloria Imamura, Minister of Care at Central Union Church, Honolulu

Rev. Gloria Imamura of Central Union Church, Honolulu, meeting with visiting students from Nakamura International Hotel School, Japan, in 2011. 

Meet Rev. Gloria Imamura. A charter member of the Pacific Learning Consortium, Gloria initially pursued a career in the insurance industry for many years. 

But the best was yet to come.

First, this midwestern native married a local man in Hawaii, Al Imamura, in 1987. Gloria is the stepmother to two sons who both live and work in Honolulu, and a grandmother, too!

Al Imamura (left), Pacific Learning Consortium President Jeffrey Bingham Mead (center) and Rev. Gloria Imamura (right) at the annual meeting of the Albert Palmer Society in Honolulu, 2011. 

We hear from time to time about those among us in midlife who come to understand that new callings were meant to be answered. Imamura opened a new and fulfilling chapter in her life by directing an after school care program at Manoa Valley Church on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. 

After two years Imamura found yet another calling. This one took her to pursue undergraduate studies at Trinity Lutheran College in Washington State. That was followed by Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California where she earned a Master of Divinity Degree (MDiv). 

She became Reverend Gloria Imamura when she was ordained and installed as Associate Minister of Children and Their Families on October 16, 2011 at Central Union Church, a congregational church associated with the Hawaii Conference of the United Church of Christ. This year she was designated as the new Minister of Care. 

Click this link to an online sermon she delivered at Central Union Church, From Bareness to Abundance. 

Rev. Gloria Imamura, Central Union Church, Honolulu, Hawaii USA

Rev. Imamura's interests include Hawaiian quilting, walking her dog named Jade, and traveling to visit family and friends on the U.S. mainland. 

You'll find Rev. Gloria Imamura at Central Union Church most Sundays. Click this link to the church web site for a schedule of Sunday services and happenings. Stop by and introduce yourself! 

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