Team Focus & Values
The Tohoku Team is a relatively new team in Pioneers Japan. As with all Pioneers teams, our focus is church planting and multiplication. In our case, we are particularly passionate about using cell-based models to plant churches that emphasize the role and contribution of each Christian and are well incorporated into their surrounding culture and community.
As you consider where God might be leading you to serve cross-culturally, we would love to talk with you in more detail about our team focus and values. To learn more about Pioneers or Pioneers Japan, please click on one of the links below:
Colby & Theresa Weinhofer (Team Coordinators)
Colby and Theresa Weinhofer spent their first term in the southern part of the main island in Yamaguchi Prefecture. They have long had an interest in cell church planting and when the earthquake and tsunami occurred in Iwate they believed it was an opportune time and place to begin. They are from the Lancaster area of Pennsylvania and met in Bible college there. Colby wanted to live and work overseas from a young age and Theresa’s interest in Japan was sparked in high school through the friendship of some Japanese exchange students. God brought them to Japan in February of 2009 to Ube, where they spent the next 3 years doing language study and acclimating to the culture. They moved up to Iwate in July of 2012 and have been living in Kamaishi ever since.