BETHEL THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY, San Diego, CA; Master of Divinity degree awarded May 30, 1999
TRINITY INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY, Deerfield, IL; Bachelor of Arts degree in Youth Ministry/Biblical Studies awarded May 13, 1995
YOUTH PASTOR, San Diego Japanese Christian Church, San Diego, CA Aug 1998-Jun 1999. Paid staff position. Responsibilities include creating and implementing weekly Junior High and High School youth meetings. Planning and organizing outreach events, camps and trips. Preach during English service on a regular basis. Position was part-time/internship.
MINISTER OF MUSIC AND YOUTH, Church of God of Chula Vista, Chula Vista, CA Aug l997-Jan 1998. Paid staff position. Responsibilities included aiding in the spiritual, social, emotional, and psychological health and development of Junior High and High School students. Initiate, plan, and overseeing musical worship section of church services as well as leading through voice and guitar. Left as a result of staff cuts due to severe financial problems within the church.
WORSHIP LEADER/PASTORAL ASSISTANT, Bonita Japanese Bible Church, Bonita, CA Oct 1996-Sep 1997. Paid staff position. Responsibilities included providing spiritual leadership and Christian education to English speakers through weekly Bible studies and friendship evangelism. Leading contemporary worship, in both Japanese and English. Preach occasional Sunday sermons. Left because church could not fulfill internship requirements
WORSHIP LEADER, Kirk Of The Lakes Presbyterian Church, Mundelein, IL Feb 1996-Aug 1996. Paid staff position. Responsibilities included initiating, enhancing, and motivating Sunday worship times through guitar, vocal, and devotional presentations. Left due to school transfer from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Illinois) to Bethel Seminary San Diego.
YOUTH GROUP LEADER, Our Savior Evangelical Free Church, Wheeling, IL Fall 1994-Summer 1995; Trinity International University, Deerfield IL, Spring 1994; Hawthorne Hills Community Church, Vernon Hills, IL, Spring 1993. Responsibilities included creating and implementing weekly Bible studies organized into a long-term holistic discipleship program. Developing worship program, as worship leader.
SHORT-TERM MISSIONARY, Served in Japan with LIFE Ministries, Summer 1994. Served as a TESOL teacher. Other responsibilities included leading worship and providing evangelization to both students and the neighboring community.
OTHER RELEVANT EXPERIENCE Principal member/composer of Christian recording band GenkideSka (N*Soul/Eclectica Records); Solo acoustic (guitar and voice) recording (CD-"Fear Of Bridges") and performance work; Honorable Discharge-United States Army (1991).
Dr. Kent Eaton, Field Education Director, Bethel Theological Seminary, 6116 Arosa Street, San Diego, California 92115, 619.582.8188
Rev. Brian Nakamura, English Pastor, San Diego Japanese Christian Church, 1920 E Street, San Diego, California 92102, 619.234.2697
Rev. Takao Nakamura, Pastor, Bonita Japanese Bible Church, 3726 Bonita Glen Terrace, Bonita, California 91902, 619.267.5175