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Horizon Japanese Church Okanagan, British Columbia
Lead Church Planter
West Kelowna British Columbia
Horizon Japanese Church Okanagan
December 17
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About My Family

My wife, Yuka, and I are from Tokyo, Japan. We have been married since 2006 and have a son, Kakeru. We both became Christians when we were in college. After we got married, we both entered Horizon Bible College, studied the Bible, and were trained for evangelism. After graduating from Horizon Bible College, I served as a youth pastor at Tokyo Horizon Chapel.

My wife and I rented a house to live in with young Christians to help them grow spiritually. I have carried out missionary trips to Southeast Asia and supported areas affected by the Tsunami. Yuka worked as a nursery school teacher in Japan and has a passion for children’s ministry.

About My Church Plant

Our family came to Canada to find a more effective way of evangelism. We share the gospel with Japanese people living in the Kelowna area while running a Japanese restaurant. Through the restaurant, I have met many Japanese people and built relationships with them. I also employ Japanese people and preach the salvation of Jesus to them.

In October 2021, God led us to start a Japanese church in Kelowna. Following God’s guidance, we started Horizon Japanese Church, and I joined the North American Mission Board as a bivocational church planter.

NAMB Church Planting

Millions in North America are in desperate need of hope. Ultimately, the only hope that’s going to last - in this life and the next - is the hope of the gospel. North American missionaries build relationships and share this hope in their communities and beyond.


As a business owner, pastor, husband and father, I need God’s wisdom to help me balance my life. Please pray the Japanese people living in the Kelowna area will be saved.


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