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Presbyterian World Mission has six mission co-workers serving in Japan. They are involved in evangelism, theological education, higher education, and youth and women ministries through our partnerships with organizations there. The Presbyterian World Mission priorities are ethnic minority and racial justice, foreign migrant workers, especially women in Japan, church unity and cooperation and justice for ethnic minorities in Japan. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has had a presence in Japan since 1859.

Thomas Goetz
Tom Goetz is a long-term volunteer serving as professor of English in the Faculty of Social Welfare at Hokusei Gakuen University in Sapporo, Japan. He is also English language coordinator at Hokkaido Christian Center. Hokusei Gakuen University is a four-year liberal arts school founded more than 100 years ago by Presbyterian missionary Sarah Smith.

Read more about his work here.

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Bill and Ann Moore
The Reformed Church in Japan’s Western Presbytery invited Bill and Ann Moore to begin a congregation in Nishitani. Bill is the organizing missionary and is responsible for evangelistic outreach, pastoral care, preaching, and organizational leadership. Ann directs the Sunday school and is involved in the women’s organization and the leadership council.

In late 2011, the Nishitani congregation moved into its own building with funds contributed by its members, other Japanese Christians, and supporters in the United States. Without the ministry of the Moores, this new church development would not have been possible.

Read more about their work here.

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Reformed Church of Japan
United Church of Christ in Japan (Kyodan)
Council on Cooperative Mission
Kinjo Gakuen Junior College
Korean Christian Church in Japan
National Christian Council in Japan
Shikoku Gakuin University
Okinawa Christian Junior College
Tokyo Union Theological Seminary
Yodogawa Christian Hospital

Mienda Uriarte, Area Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific,
Jacklyn Walker, Mission Specialist,