Dan and Carol began serving as missionaries to Japan in 1986, and APC has supported them since the beginning. Dan leads the Tokyo/Chiba Church Planting Team whose vision was to plant churches where none existed and to launch a presbytery in partnership with the Presbyterian Church in Japan (PCJ). The presbytery was born in 1999 and now includes 20 churches/mission churches with about 850 worshippers, in a country with less than .5% Evangelical Christians. The new team vision is for a healthy, indigenous church planting movement in the Tokyo/Chiba and throughout Japan.
Together with 3 younger Japanese pastors, Dan serves as pastor of Oyumino Presbyterian Church. This multi-site church has 5 Sunday worships in 3 locations. The church session plans for Dan to retire in March 2018, after which he will focus increasingly on his role as MTW Japan Director. The Lord has answered prayer for Japan harvest workers and has grown MTW Japan to 6 teams of missionaries and national partners. This includes the new Tokyo City Center Team (in partnership with Redeemer PCA in NYC) that has started 2 new churches and is in the planning stages for 2 more.
Besides being very engaged as wife, mother, grandmother and minister to women, Carol serves as the Principal for the growing Christian school started by the team. The school now has 42 students in the English track grades 1-12, and Japanese track grades 1-6.
After the 3/11/2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear triple-disaster that killed about 20,000 people, the MTW team, Oyumino Church, and other partners established "Grace Mission Tohoku” to serve the disaster region. About 1000 volunteers have since come to serve. MTW Japan partnered with the PCJ to follow up the disaster relief effort with church planting. The first PCJ church in the north has now been planted in the heart of the disaster area, beginning worship in Sendai City in January 2015. The goal is a northern PCJ presbytery. Dan and Carol have nine children, with the last two (Micah and Seth) in college. Five are married and have collectively given Dan and Carol 21 grandchildren presently living in 3 different countries. Please pray for Dan and Carol to glorify God in their walks with Christ, as husband and wife, parents and grandparents; and for God's wisdom in use of time in their many missionary roles. God has prospered their ministry, and your prayers are appreciated.
Updated May 2015
Liaison: Mike McKnight