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Kasumigaoka (Tarumi-Ku Kobe, Japan) RPC

07. August 2017


Location: Kobe, Japan

Presbytery: Japan

Organization: 1974

Membership: 32 communicant: 2 baptized

Pastor: Charles Leach



Kasumigaoka RPC is located in a hilly neighborhood near the west end of Kobe, Japan—just a 20-minute walk from the ocean. Those who attend Bible studies in our second-floor classroom can also enjoy the fascinating view of the ships coming and going in Osaka Bay, of the graceful suspension bridge to Awaji Island, and of some amazing sunsets and cloudscapes.

This congregation began about 57 years ago. Following a period of evangelistic outreach and Sabbath preaching that began in 1960 under Rev. Samuel Boyle, the church was formally organized in 1974.

Jim Pennington served here as a missionary-pastor then and again some years later as a stated supply pastor. The current pastor, Charles Leach, was installed in 2013.

The Lord has sustained the church throughout a number of severe hardships, including damage sustained in the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995, painful experiences of unfaithfulness within the church, and several extended pulpit vacancies. The church building had to be torn down and rebuilt after the earthquake. Thanks to God’s abundant blessing, however, a versatile new ...

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