I was born in the Kansas City area and raised in Houston. I earned a BA in history at Rice University, and then the US Navy trained me to operate nuclear reactors as a submarine officer. The Navy has taken me around the world including Britain, Italy, Bahrain, Philippines, Australia, Kuwait. I treasure all the varied experiences in schooling and travel. But it astounds me how many times the Navy sent me to Japan (1993, 1996, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012) in addition to a tour of duty in Yokosuka from 1999 to 2002.
I felt God drawing my heart to world missions ever since I heard Robertson McQuilkin speak at a 1991 Campus Crusade Christmas Conference. I didn't realize that he himself was a TEAM missionary to Japan until after I had served for 8 years in the Navy, volunteered in a church in Japan, and finished a Th.M. at Dallas Theological Seminary. Life came full circle.
Jenny and I met in Japan when she was a missionary. We now have sweet Hudson and Annalise.
I work with Pastor Takeshi Koiwai at Azumino Family Chapel and in ministry to our larger community: chaplain ministries to a local boys' reformatory, Bible studies at a local home for physically challenged, and leadership seminars for fellow pastors in ministries and local community leaders.
The Japanese are the second largest unreached people group in the world according to the Joshua Project. Less than 0.5% of Japanese are active members in churches and very few of them can wield any influence for Christ in their social networks.
Although there is freedom of religion and the Bible is occasionally available in bookstores, the average Japanese person will not come to faith in Christ without further help. Unfortunately, the number of missionaries in Japan is declining before their work is finished.
Primary Prayer Request:
Pray for us to be creative in our use of free time getting to know everyday Japanese people, their daily life, values, and dreams. Done right, this can really be FUN.
Pray for open doors in the Misato and Azusagawa areas of the Matsumoto valley of Nagano. Pray for our ministry laying groundwork for a church witness in these unchurched areas.