Danny Tengan recognized as 2023 PAAM Honoree
The Pacific Islander and Asian American Ministries (PAAM) of the United Church of Christ biannually recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the church and community. This year, PAAM was particularly interested in individuals who have made significant contributions to the Pacific Islander and Asian American church in the United Church of Christ. The recognition is intended to honor individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, dedication, and service to their community and church, and who have made a positive impact on the lives of those around them.
Hawaiʻi PAAM nominated Danny Tengan, member of Hawaii Kai UCC and the Disaster Ministries Coordinator for the Hawaiʻi Conference, for his good and relentless work to help educate and empower churches. Danny has worked tirelessly over the years with UCC Disaster Ministries and especially during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, helping with health supplies, masks, and food distribution. Recently he helped to coordinate relief for Tonga following the earthquake and helped to distribute thousands of bottles of water to residents affected by the fuel spill at Red Hill. Danny has been instrumental in the Conference's response and relief efforts following the Maui fires.
A ceremony of recognition took place at the United Church of Christ General Synod PAAM Dinner in Indianapolis, Indiana, on July 1 earlier this year. Danny Tengan was acknowledged as an honoree along with Ben Fujita of Montebello Plymouth UCC in California.
Danny was not physically present at the recognition ceremony in Indianapolis and has just recently been presented with the personalized award to commemorate him as the "PAAM Honored Person of the Year."
We celebrate with Danny Tengan and give thanks for his ministry among us!