The Fukuoka Team exists to multiply healthy churches throughout Kyushu by nurturing disciples and new church planting teams.
– 2006 –
Dan and Cindy Hoisington and their three sons arrive in Sapporo to receive language and culture training at the OMF language school.
– 2008 –
Stephanie Schatz joins the Hoisingtons in Sapporo to attend language school as well.
The team decides to transition to Fukuoka after training is complete. Miriam Davis (OMF language coordinator) introduces Dan to the JECA church planting committee president.
Brian and Yoko Broaddus and their three daughters join the team in Sapporo. They officially become the “Pioneers Fukuoka Team.”
But wait, there’s more…
– 2009 –
The Hoisingtons and Broadduses arrive in Fukuoka.
The partnership with JECA to start Fukuoka Bible Church is made official.
– 2010 –
Stephanie graduates language school and moves to Fukuoka.
Brian Tom begins his one year Venture partnership with the Evangelical Free Church.
– 2011 –
Stephanie attends her first KGK event. This opens doors for ongoing connection between the Fukuoka team and KGK.
Brian Tom attends his first KGK event, where he was introduced to his future wife, Nozomi.
After a three month home assignment, Brian Tom returns to Fukuoka as a long term missionary and full fledged member of the Fukuoka team.
– 2012 –
The Broaddus family moves to Kurume city to begin an internship at Kurume Bible Church.
Nozomi begins her music teaching career at Seinan Jr. High School. She joins Fukuoka Bible Church.
– 2013 –
The Hoisingtons leave Japan and Brian Broaddus becomes the new Fukuoka team leader.
Steve and Emma Franklin move to Kurume to explore the possibility to starting a Saga team.
Brian Tom and Nozomi are married. Nozomi goes through Pioneers training to join the team.
– 2014 –
Brian Tom signs his first 2-year contract to be a full time staff member at Fukuoka Bible Church.
The Fukuoka team develops a training program called the Kyushu Ministry Center. Steve and Emma move to Fukuoka to focus on this.
– 2016 –
Scott and Susan Murray become the new leaders for the training program, renamed Launch. Steve and Emma join the Murrays.
Brian Broaddus, wishing to focus on work in Kurume, steps down as the Fukuoka Team leader. Brian Tom takes his place.
– 2017 –
Brian Tom partners with Matsuo Ken, leader of KGK in Kyushu.
Fukuoka Bible Church moves to its new location, a groundbreaking ceremony is held, and construction begins.
– 2019 –
Fukuoka Bible Church is officially planted and considered by JECA to be an independent church.
Stephanie joins the Launch Team and begins studying for a Masters in Biblical counseling.
Brian Tom’s contract ends, bringing our team’s partnership with Fukuoka Bible Church to a close.
– 2020 –
Nick Ebner and Sean Cryan join the Fukuoka Team. Discussions to leave Fukuoka have begun.
Get in touch if you’re curious about any of these programs or have questions for our team. We’d love to hear from you.