Pre-conference Trainers

Joshua Harris

Joshua Harris was the lead pastor of a mega-church, and a bestselling author of Why Church Matters and Humble Orthodoxy.  See the details at







Gary Watanabe

Gary is a Mission to the World Missionary working for Redeemer’s City to City Asia Pacific as a Church Planter Catalyst, Trainer and Coach. Currently he is also assisting in setting up the Joy of Japan Church Planting Training Center in Nagoya, Japan with Brett Rayl, Director of Christ Bible Institute.








Makoto Fukuda

After graduating from the Niigata University, Makoto went on to study at the Tokyo Christian Theological Seminary before serving at the Yamanoue Church of the Japan Presbyterian Mission for eighteen years. He believed he would settle and always live in Yokohama but moved to Tokyo in 2008 to start a church planting ministry supported by Redeemer City to City.

The Grace city Church Tokyo was launched in 2010 and in 2013 the Grace Church Planting Network was formed.  Though he was born and raised in the countryside of Tochigi Prefecture, it is amazing that God has planted him in the city of Tokyo to be actively involved in recruiting, training, training, encouraging and coaching church planters through the Grace Church Planting network.

Married to Michiru with three sons, one daughter and three grandchildren.





Ryuta Kimura

Pastor of Double O Cross Church in Kichijoji, Tokyo. Ryutastudiesat Regents Theological College, and Serviced as a youth pastor in England, there he met his wife Patricia from Switzerland. Ryuta and Patricia came back to Japan, and have been ministering for 15 years in Japan. They planted a new church, Double O Cross Church with the partnership of the Swiss Pentecostal Mission and Redeemer City to City.






Utako Grateley

Utako is a fifth generation Japanese Christian who has been involved in ministry from an early age. She met her husband, Damian, at Regents Theological College, Nantwich where they both graduated. Since returning to Japan, Utako spent 15 years church planting in Shikoku, as well as directing a large creative arts school and kindergarten. In recent years Utako has become involved in the work of Parakaleo, and is currently completing her training in order to help pioneer this ministry within a Japanese context.

(Parakaleo is Redeemer City to City’s program to support and train church planter’s wives.)





Amy Newsome  

She is currently serving as a counseling intern with Mission to the World. She is completing her Master’s of Arts in Counseling at Colorado Christian University, and will be seeking to become a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Tennessee. Along with her degree program, she has received a certificate from CCEF in biblical counseling. She has served as a missionary in Nagoya, Japan, for 26 years, and has been involved in many aspects of church planting. Her passion for applying the Gospel to real hurts and struggles has led her to the field of counseling. She is currently developing a private practice for Japanese, missionaries, and other expats. Amy and her husband Wayne have five children, most of whom are now young adults living in the US. Her areas of interest are crisis and trauma, depression and anxiety, shame, spiritual issues, attachment, life transitions and cultural adjustment. Amy is available for counseling in both English and Japanese.





Eliza Huie

View More: Huie is an experienced marriage and family counselor. She has completed three levels of certificate training from the Christian Counseling Educational Foundation (CCEF). She is the Assistant Director of Life Counseling Center in Marriottsville, MD. Understanding and experiencing God’s redeeming grace for change is her motivation for counseling. Her years of experience in the counseling room have established her confidence that God is able to bring hope to even the darkest situations.

Eliza is married to her husband, Ken, and they have three children in their late teens and early twenties.  Areas of special interest in the counseling realm are marriage and family, per-marital counseling, depression/anxiety, addiction, and relational and sexual brokenness.





Ken Taylor 

WorldVenture Missionary to Japan since 1997 involved in sharing the gospel in Japan through church planting, leadership training, music and innovative ministries.  Ken and his wife, Bola (who graduated to glory in the fall of 2015) were professional entertainers in Southeast Asia. In the early 80s they both accepted Jesus as their Savior and Lord and migrated to the USA.  Their current ministry involvement includes the Hallelujah Gospel Family (HGF), Japan Baptist Fellowship (JBF where Ken also serves as the field leader), a compassion ministry called GLOW (God’s Love On Wheels) and recently Business as Mission.

Before becoming a missionary, Ken was a professional musician, worked as a finance manager (handling a 150 million dollar portfolio) and VP of operations for a seminary. Ken has a Bachelors degree in Management, Masters degree in Ministry, and is an ordained minister.




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