Japan Missionaries

JEMS is blessed by the many dedicated men and women who are serving with hearts of compassion and love for the Japanese people. Please join us in keeping our missionaries in your prayers!

Roy Toma, Japan Director) with JEMS Missionaries 2017

Rev. Dr. Ryohei Kawano, Overseas Mission’s Consultant – JEMS米国内外宣教コンサルタント 河野亮平師レター

Current Career Missionaries

Tim and Chie Burns – 2013 to present

The Burns are working in Nagoya, the largest city in Aichi which is about five hours from Tokyo. The vision is to see a church near each of these campuses focused on reaching students. Together with Wayne and Amy Newsome and other team members, the Burns will be working in Nagoya. One of the goals of this outreach is to identify and train future leaders of the Japanese church in cooperation with Christ Bible Institute, a seminary in Nagoya.
Please pray for a great harvest in years to come. Pray for Tim, Chie, their son, Mitsuki and daughter Emi.

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Ethan and Michele Fisher – (2016 to present)

The Fishers are serving in Gifu as tent-making missionaries. Ethan is an Assistant Language Teacher at a public school. The Fishers participate in ministry to children and students in the community through their local church, Grace Chapel in Gifu. The Fishers have three young boys.

Todd, Jayne, Jeremy and Ayumi Fong – July 2014

The Fongs are missionaries to the greater Tokyo metropolitan area, living in Higashi-Kurume. Their ministry is “To the One Percent,” Japanese Christians and Christian workers in Japan, through whom God will reach the 99% of Japanese who are not yet saved.

Todd will serve local missionaries, Christian leaders and pastors to help develop and implement ministries that reach out to younger people (college students and younger) and young families. Of particular interest is to help churches develop ministries that leverage Christian returnees, those Japanese students who accept Christ overseas and want to share the gospel at home in Japan. Jayne will serve at the Christian Academy in Japan as a speech therapist, a role critically needed for Christian missionary families with children with special needs.

Paul and Yu Kang – (2014 to present)

Paul and Yu Kang are part of the missions team for Christ Bible Institute (CBI) in Nagoya. CBI is the parent organization of Christ Bible Seminary (CBS) which trains Christian leaders and pastors in Japan.  Paul serves as the Chaplain at CBS, , main interpreter of CBI and is an elder and staff at All-Nations Fellowship (ANF),  an international church plant started through CBI.  Yu Kang is a native Japanese born in Nagoya and leads a ministry to young mothers and children.  The Kang’s two children are Issac (Jesus is coming back) Soon Kang and Sara (We are saved by) Faith Kang.   Please pray for the Kangs as they minister and serve in Nagoya.

Michael and Chris Mason – 1997 to present

Michael and Chris are career missionaries, serving at Oasis Church in Izumiotsu City, a suburb of Osaka, and at Kansai Christian School in Nara, Japan.

The Masons arrived in Japan in the Spring of 1997, and began serving at Sakai International Bible Church.  In 2001, they were installed as the head pastors of SIBC and functioned in that role until  2012, when the church transitioned to a simple-style house church.   At this point the church changed it’s name to Oasis Church.  Michael still provides leadership to the church, especially in the areas of teaching and leading worship.

Chris began serving at Kansai Christian School since 2011 as a teacher’s aide for the 1st-2nd grade class and as the homeroom and Bible teacher for the 5th-6th grade.   In 2015, she was offered the position as the full-time 1st-2nd grade teacher.  In addition, Michael serves as chaplain at Kansai Christian School and provides messages at the all-school chapel once a month.

Michael and Chris are also proud parents of their son Luke, who was born in 2000.

David and Yuka Mills – 2008 to present

Our mission is to reach the people of Japan in ways that are culturally sensitive, relevant to their lives and relevant to the spiritual conditions of Japan. Our vision is to see generations of Japanese believers reaching
out to new generations after them. Matthew 28:19 (Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit) and 2 Timothy 2:2 (And the things
you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others). That Japan might be transformed into the Land of the Risen SON.

Paul and Rie Mizuki (Short-Term missionaries)

Paul and Rie Mizuki are preparing to serve in Tokyo, beginning in the fall of 2015. Paul will attend Horizon Bible College, a ministry of Tokyo Horizon Chapel, in Machida, where Paul will study the Bible and ministry skills in Japanese four mornings a week. In the afternoons, he will participate in the various ministries of the church. Rie, a California licensed psychologist, will focus on providing counseling for the missionary community and those in ministry. Japan has been called a missionary graveyard, as the spiritual darkness and lack of fruit has caused much discouragement for those ministering there. As time allows, she would also like to provide counseling for Japanese Christians and the general public, as there are few trained counselors and almost no Christian counselors in Japan. Together, Paul and Rie would like to minister to couples going through the transition of retirement, where husbands who were previously busy working will suddenly be home most of the time, creating potential conflicts in marital relationships. Since Paul will be about the age of these men facing retirement, he hopes to share with them the new purpose they can have in Jesus Christ.

Julie Nitao 2016

Julie is preparing for ministry in Japan. She is exploring an opportunity to serve in Tohoku, the area devastated by the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011. Julie has a heart for pre- and elementary school children. She was a teaching assistant for early childhood education. Her sending church is San Lorenzo Japanese Christian Church in California.

Kuni and Kristen Onishi (2015 -present)

The Onishis will be serving as church planting missionaries in Japan. Kuni is fluent in Japanese. He was born and raised in Japan. He also speaks English and some Korean. Kristen was born in South Korea. She
speaks fluent Korean, English and conversational Japanese. They have a one-year old daughter. They took a vision trip in September 2015 to Tokyo and Osaka. Kuni’s father is a church planting pastor in Osaka.

Kuni and Kristen most recently served with Korean Campus Crusade for Christ, from 2013-15. Kuni previously served on staff with Sa-Rang Church from 2007-13. Kristen served on the Japanese Campus Crusade for Christ from 2007-09. They anticipate departure in a year.

Dave and Tomo Robison (2012-present)

Dave and Tomo Robison are serving in Iwate Japan, to work with the Iwate 3.11 Church network. Their goal is to aide in establishing reproducing churches among the Tsunami devastated coastal towns of Iwate, Japan. Dave has served as a youth pastor, bible study leader and elder at their local church. Tomo is Japanese and was raised in Tokyo, serving faithfully for many years at the church where her father pastored. In 2003 Dave participated in a short-term trip to serve at Tomo’s church, where they met for the first time. They were married in 2009, and began raising support to serve as missionaries in Japan. In 2011, after the events of the March 11 Earthquake and Tsunami, they felt God leading them to serve among the Tsunami devestated region of Tohoku.

Along with their one-year old son Titus, Dave and Tomo moved to Iwate in March of 2013, where they are spending their first two-year term in preparation to begin church planting. During this time they are prayerfully seeking out partners with which to join or form a church-planting team, determine which city God is working in to raise up new believers in need of a church, participate in survivor care ministries, and dedicate time for Dave to advance in language acquisition.

Jon and Maki Robison – 2013 – present

Jon and Maki Robison are evangelical church planters in Iwate, a northern prefecture in Japan.  Currently they are serving with Morioka Minami Church.  They started their ministry with JEMS in February 2013.  The Robisons have two sons, Aquila and Leon.

Please pray for the Robisons as they assist the church in Japan with long-term church planting in the areas devastated by the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011.

Lily Suzuki – 2000 to present

Lily Suzuki’s home residence is in Canada. From July 2000 to June 2003, she was serving at Machida Christian Center in Tokyo, where she was involved in witnessing and many church activities, as well as teaching English. She served at New Life Church Omochanomachi for one year. She currently serves in a ministry of JEMS in Amakusa, Kyushi region in Southern Japan.

Roy and Nancy Toma (2013 – present)

Roy and Nancy Toma are career missionaries, who arrived in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi prefecture, in June 2013. They are serving at Calvary Chapel Iwakuni, an international church, that reaches out to English and Japanese speakers. They have lived in Japan since 2003, serving in Okinawa (2003-2011) and in Sendai/Ishinomaki (2011-2012).

John and Kazumi Van Farowe (2011-present)

John and Kazumi VanFarowe are currently serving as tent-making  missionaries with Japanese churches in the Nagoya area. John teaches  English at a private school and they also run a “juku,” a special tutoring  program for students.

The VanFarowes have two children, Cherry and Bianca. Please pray as they  raise support to expand their ministries.

Kevin and Nozomi West(2004 to present)

In July 2004, Kevin served together with the Chigasaki  Holiness Church near Yokohama. He was also involved in ministry called J-Lodge, “J” stands for Jesus. J-Lodge is a coffee shop designed to reach out to the college students at Tokai University in the town of Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Prefecture. In spring 2007, Kevin and  Nozomi Ando were married. From 2009, Kevin and Nozomi enrolled at Christ Bible Seminary in Nagoya. Their daughter Lia Noelle was born in 2012 and Kai in 2014. For additional information, please visit additional sites http://www.kevinandnozomi.wordpress.com/.

Fred and Chikako Whitwer (2014 – present)

Fred and Chikako Whitwer are serving in Ofunato, Japan with the 3:11 Iwate Church network.  The Whitwers manage volunteers who come into the community to minister to the people affected by the tsunami and earthquake of March 2011.
They are serving a two-year term which ends in March, 2015.

Joseph and Yumiko Wu -2015 to present

They are excited to move to Kobe (Yumiko’s home town) in 2015 as tent making missionaries. They would like to connect the two house churches where they have built relationships in the past few years. They meet on different days of the week so it’s possible for them to attend both of them. They would like to start a small Bible study group in their area since they have seen much transformation in the lives of small groups. They will keep their relationship with the Ishinomaki house church to be a bridge with their home church in the States.

Reo Yoshida – September 2016

Reo was a former JEMS diaspora missionary and is currently working at JEMS as the  Accounting Assistant.He is part of a church planting team together with JEMS missionaries Kevin and Nozomi West. They hope to plant the “Mustard Seed Christian  Church” in Kobe, Japan.  Reo plans to join the rest of this team in the Fall of 2016 as a long-term missionary.

Short-Term Missionary Opportunities

If you have an interest in the following opportunities, please contact us through info@JEMS.org

(Posted Summer 2016)
David and Yuka Mills, J-Lodge in Kanagawa:  Their mission plan for 2016 is to continue building the business of the J-Lodge Coffee Shop so that it becomes self-sufficient and no longer a financial burden to the Chigasaki Church.

They are looking into an exciting possibility of opening a 2nd Coffee Shop ministry in partnership with a couple living in Shizuoka prefecture. Like J-Lodge, this ministry will focus on university students.
They also plan to extend our outreach to students at Tokai University through a hospitality outreach as we bring more and more students into our home for dinner and conversations.  In partnership with a local Japanese pastor, we are planning to extend our church planting efforts from monthly meetings to a weekly service.

They are interested in short-term career missionaries who can serve here at J-Lodge. This is a support-raised position.


(Posted Summer 2014)

New Life Church Omochanomachi in Mibu, Tochigi prefecture. The primary ministry is teaching conversational English to children and adults as an entry point to share about Christ.