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Last Edited: 06 January 2020


Tim and Katie Cole

Tim's Story:

I was born and raised in Japan of missionary parents, and have spent most of my adult life in Christian camping, church planting, and family ministry in Japan. I have a B.A. from Wheaton College, an M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and an honorary Doctor of Divinity from the Pacific International Theological Seminary. I have been married to Katie since 1980, and have five adult children and three grandchildren. I co-founded Family Forum Japan in 1996 and served as its director for 10 years, doing lectures and seminars throughout Japan on parenting, marriage, and sexuality. I currently continue speaking and writing on behalf of Family Forum Japan, while serving as its associate director. I am the author of “Biblical Answers for Struggling Marriages”. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, camping, and carpentry.

Katie's Story

I first went to Japan with TEAM as a Summer Worker in 1978. I planned to be there for 10 weeks but the Lord challenged and directed me to stay on for a year, working in rural evangelism in Nagano prefecture. My second year in Japan was spent in full-time language study at International Christian University (ICU) in Mitaka-city, Tokyo. After getting married and supporting my husband Tim through seminary at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, we returned to Japan in 1984 as TEAM long-term missionaries. We have 5 adult children and 4 grandchildren. Along with maintaining our home and doing most of our paperwork my main ministry is with international students attending high school in our town. I meet with 12-15 students from 12-15 different countries (!) each week for Bible study and have connections with another 12 or so. I also work with women and travel with Tim for his speaking responsibilities in area churches. We’re looking forward to ministry during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and are helping with logistics for the group we hosted in our home and church during the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics.

Ministry Focus:

Tim’s Focus

I oversee educational outreach and content at Family Forum Japan. This includes doing lectures and leading seminars on marriage, parenting, biblical sexuality, and other family issues. I am currently focused on Family Forum Japan’s ministry to families in the disaster areas of northeast Japan, which were hit by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear power plant meltdown.

Katie’s Focus

After returning from our Home Assignment in the summer of 2013 we have been preparing for full-time ministry in the Tohoku area of Japan. This is where the triple disasters (earthquake/tsunami/nuclear reactor meltdown) that hit Japan on March 11, 2011 were centered. We hope to move in the spring of 2014.

While our children were growing up we were involved in camp ministry for 4 years, church planting for 14 years, and family ministries for 10 years. While my main responsibility has been running our home I have been active in women’s ministries, local outreach and committee work with TEAM.</p

Primary Prayer Request:

For the ability to understand and extend the love of Christ to disaster victims in northeast Japan.