I met Noriko in Japan while on vacation visiting a college friend. Some people have called it “love at first sight”, but they know that God had a lot more to do with it than sight. We communicated by phone, letters, and e-mails for 10 months until Noriko came to Columbus, Ohio, to further her education at Ohio State University. We continued dating and were married in November of 2000. Our daughter Yuki was born in February of 2005, and son Yoshiki was born in February of 2010.
When I first heard the Gospel was in 1996. At the time I was in South Carolina as an exchange student. I started attending a church there where there was a Sunday school class for international students. The lessons were very difficult for me to grasp at first because of my Buddhist background. I had never read the bible or heard anything about Christ as I grew up, About the same time I got involved in a Bible study (for Japanese) held by an international campus ministry. The more I studied the Word of God and spent time with believers whose lives reflected it and His love, I came to know that God truly exists and decided to follow Him.
Chad (husband), Noriko (wife), Children: Yuki, Yoshiki
God has given us a ministry vision that TEAM missionaries and Japanese Christians will become more effective and efficient in establishing reproducing churches in Japan by the support and encouragement provided through our God-given abilities and gifts.