Welcome to International Church’s new website!


The staff of International Church have been working on this project behind the scenes for several months with a gifted web designer from Colorado named Nick Thacker (He also is a talented author and has written some excellent booksThe Enigma Strain is my favorite!)


Our main goals were to develop a website that was as user-friendly as it was informative and aesthetically pleasing. We hope you’ll explore the many pukas of the new website.


We also spent a lot of time working on the design concept for the logo. In the end, we agreed that the next season of ministry at International would be well-represented by a mature monkey pod tree.


Why use a monkey pod tree?


This design is based on the actual monkey pod tree which stands tall at the front of our property. There are at least four reasons why we chose it to symbolize the next season of at International Church:


  • This tree marks our geographic location.
    It’s the first thing guests see when they approach our property and the tree also ties us to our Hawaiian home (as does the island of Oahu hiding in the branches).


  • This tree represents International’s rich history.
    This is the tree that our founding pastor, Jim Cook, prayed under at 2 am in the morning in 1968. Under its branches, he entreated God to miraculously make a way for the church to purchase this property on the corner of Dowsett Ave and the Pali Highway. The Lord granted that petition and has done amazing and wonderful things in and through International Church ever since!


  • This tree also represents the blossoming future ahead.
    Throughout the Bible, trees are often referred to as metaphors for life and growth. We believe that both of these represent the future for our church! Psalm 1:3 says that righteous people are “like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields fruit in season and whose leaf does not whither – whatever they do prospers.
    Our prayer is that International Church would be like such a tree – like our own monkey pod tree, which is connected to the stream that flows under our parking lot – full of life and fruit for God’s kingdom. We are excited about growing and maturing as one church body in Christ!


  • This tree points us to the gospel
    The good news is that God is reconciling all things to himself through Jesus Christ, by his death on the cross. While preaching to the Jerusalem crowd Peter uses a euphemism, “hung on a tree,” to refer to Christ’s crucifixion on our behalf (Ac 5:30). This tree in our logo points us back to that very cross upon which our Savior died for the forgiveness of sins and the redemption of the world. We desire to make Jesus famous and lead as many people as possible to put their faith and hope in Christ alone!


We hope you like the new design and website! Let us know if you have any questions about the logo or website.


With you, for Him,


Scott Custer
Lead Pastor