Rev. Christian Zebley, Interim Pastor
Christian and his wife Kay have served in Japan as Presbyterian missionaries since 1998. They first came to Japan as Mission Co-Workers of the Presbyterian Church USA in partnership with the United Church of Christ in Japan (the Nihon Kirisuto Kyodan) from 1998-2006. From 2006 – 2014, they returned to the States and served in Los Angeles, California and Montreat, North Carolina. They have been blessed with five children Anna -12, Emma -10, Kristina -7, Isaiah-5 and Abigail Grace -2 born in Tokyo in June, 2014.
The Zebleys love Japan and consider Tokyo their “home” having lived here for twelve years and three of their children being born in Tokyo, the largest city in the world. Christian and Kay originally met in the little town of Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. A small, suburban college town near Philadelphia while Christian was attending Swarthmore College and Kay was living in Swarthmore and studying nearby at the The Baldwin School. Christian grew up in a Presbyterian pastor’s home and lived in several states growing up. Kay grew up in a Navy family and lived in Hayama, Japan for three years in the early 1980’s. During this time she attended a Japanese elementary school in Hayama. The Zebley kids now attend the local Japanese elementary school in their neighborhood.
Christian is ordained in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church and a member of the Presbytery of the MidAtlantic. The Zebleys live and serve in Japan through a partnership with the Japan Presbyterian Mission. They are also members of JEMA, the Japanese Missionary Evangelical Assocation and prayed for and supported by congregations and individuals across the United States, Japan and other nations. Their prayer is to be a visible witness to unity among followers of Jesus Christ across denominations. Since June, 2014, Christian has been involved in the development of a new international church in downtown Tokyo in Roppongi in partnership with Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City and the City-to-City Asia church planting network.
You are very welcome to join us for worship at WTUC!