The first service of West Tokyo Union Church was held on Sept. 13, 1963 and the church was established in 1965.
1968 – Rev. James M. Phillips
1972 – Rev. Frank B. Henry
1977 – 1981 Rev. George and Helen Borthwick
1980 – Summer Pastor:Rev. Howard Haines, Former TUC pastor
Feb. 1, 1982 – Dec. 19, 1983 Rev. Richard and Mrs. Bea Smith
1984 – 1985 Rev. Philip and Bonny Bembower
Summer 1985 – Rev. Yugo Suzuki helped carry out summer services
Oct, Nov, Dec. 1985 and Jan. through Aug., 1986: Pastor of the Month
Sept. 7, 1986 – End of July, 1988 Rev. John and Suzann Harland
Oct. 23, 1988 – June 18, 1989 Pastor of the Month program (resident pastors and missionaries took turns preaching).
April 29, 1990 – Celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the church.
Rev. Glenn Gano, preacher, Rev. Dr. Noah Brannen, Liturgist. Resident pastors: Rev. Noah Brannen, Rev. Hank French, Rev. Dr. Gordon Laman, Rev. Dave Murchie
Sept. 22, 1991 – June 26, 1994  Rev. Robert and Dee Eades
Sept. 1994 – June 2011 – Rev. Claudia Genung-Yamamoto
June 2011 – June 2013 – Rev. Susan Page Townsley and Rev. Teresa Thompson Sherrill
June 2013 – August 2016 – Rev. Teresa Thompson Sherrill
Sept. 2016 – February, 2021 – Rev. Christian Zebley
March 2021 – Present – Resident pastors, lay members and guests taking turns preaching

2 Responses to History

  1. Dear Pastor at Tokyo West Church
    I am Rev. Debora Purada Sinaga, a graduated of Asian Rural Institute Japan in 1991/1992 and Training Assistant graduated 1996/1997. When I was ARI Participans, I delivery sermon at Tokyo West Church. At that time, I invited by Rev. Claudia Genung Yamamoto who serves at Kobe Union Church Now. I am now serves at Batak Protestant Christian Church (HKBP) as Head Department Diaconia. On 14 May 2023, I together with four HKBP Church Leader together with his wife and husband are planning for the mission trip to Japan from 09 May up to 16 May 2023, and we are planning if that will be a possibility to ask our General Secretary Rev. Dr. Victor Tinambunan to delivery sermon on 14 May 2023, and after the services if that will be possibility will have lunch fellowship and sharing about church presbyters or any topic that can be current issue. Here is my Mobile Number +62-81361398310

    I was impressed during my visit in West Church, you have a lot of program, therefore, I want to continue this visit.

    • admin says:

      Dear Rev. Sinaga,
      Thank you for contacting our little church. I will forward your message to the WTUC Steering committee as we are now filling in the preaching spots for the coming months. Thank you for providing your contact information.
      — Ruth I., WTUC Webmaster

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