Rev. Christian Zebley, Pastor
Christian and 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 from 1998-2006. They returned to the States from 2006-14 and served in Los Angeles, California and Montreat, North Carolina. They are thankful to be the parents of Anna, Emma, Kristina, Isaiah, Abigail and Molly.
The Zebleys love Japan and consider Tokyo their “home” having lived here for fourteen years. Four of their children have been born in Tokyo. 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 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 US Navy family and lived in Hayama, Japan for three years in the early 1980’s while her father served nearby at the Yokosuka Naval Base. 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 (EPC) 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 of unity among followers of Jesus Christ across denominations. Since 2015, Christian has been involved in planting a new international church in the Roppongi district of Tokyo. Redeemer Church of Roppongi is in partnership with WTUC and Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC through the City-to-City Asia church planting network.
You are very welcome to join us for worship at West Tokyo Union! Hope to see you!