Church Staff

Senior Pastor

Ted Fukusaku

Believed in Christ while working in the United States. Enters Tokyo Christian University to receive M.Div. After graduating from seminary, becomes pastor at Karuizawa Christian Church for four years. In 2001 moves to Vancouver and becomes pastor at Vancouver Japanese Gospel Church. Father of three sons and one daughter. Hobbies include ‘Go’ (Japanese chess), Jogging, reading.

Assistant Pastor

Mari Fukusaku

Believed in Christ at Okutama Bible Camp. After working at Kinki-Nippon Tourist for two years, enters Tokyo Christian University to receive M.Div. After graduating from seminary, becomes pastor at Karuizawa Christian Church for four years. In 2001 moves to Vancouver and becomes pastor at Vancouver Japanese Gospel Church. Mother of three sons and one daughter. Hobby is baking, and special skills is impersonations.

Associate Ministers

Tony & Pat Schmidt

Serving as associate pastors at Vancouver Japanese Gospel Church since 2011 after retiring in Japan where they served as missionaries with OMF International since 1972.

Church Finance

Shoko Sasai

Born in the mythical village of Takachiho, Japan. Immigrated to Canada in 1981. Believed in Jesus in junior high school student in Japan and a believer for over 50 years. Hobbies include quilting and collecting small items.

Church Secretary

Homi Akitaya

Born and raised in a Christian home, worked as a kindergarten teacher in Japan and Korea. Moved to Vancouver in 2009, mother of four kids, and joined our staff as church secretary in 2016.

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