PVBC Missionaries


Hannah Akiyama

La Paz, Mexico

The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM)

Hannah grew up at PVBC and is excited to be supported and sent by PVBC. She is serving through the missionary organization, TEAM, that she first discovered at Urbana, a missions conference, a couple years back.  She is excited to be serving on a ranch called Rancho El Camino, aka "The Ranch", in La Paz, Mexico as their Assistant Program Coordinator. The Ranch’s ministry is to further the local church’s desire to see individuals, families, and communities be holistically cared for and redeemed through Jesus. They have various programs such as teaching English classes in a local government community center, running Kid's Club on Saturdays, hosting work teams, and hosting conferences for churches or different organizations just to name a few. She is enjoying living what they call “the Ranch way of life” which consists of hospitality, stewardship, compassion, justice, prayer, simplicity, and unity. During her time there, she wants to be able to serve the people in the local community and show them God’s love while growing closer to God and creating lasting relationships. Something that drew her personally to the Ranch is their emphasis on spiritual discipleship and creating a community of believers.


Tim & Kylie Chen

The Navigators


Tim and Kylie Chen have been serving with The Navigators since 2014. They have worked with college students at UC Irvine--their alma mater--and are currently ministering at UC San Diego. Kylie has been part of the PVBC family since 2002, when she came to know the Lord through attending youth group. Tim happily married into the family in 2014. The two have a heart to see the gospel become real and deeply rooted in the lives people, so that those individuals can experience the freedom of living a life following Jesus and will want to help others do the same.


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Whitney Tu

San Francisco

Epic Movement

Whitney and Larry Tu met in 2009 while serving on the same team with Epic Movement, a campus ministry of Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ). Epic Movement seeks to bring the gospel to the world by way of Asian Americans and the marginalized—ethnically, socially, culturally. Whitney and Larry have since moved to San Francisco where Whitney continues to engage young people with the Good News and Larry, a social worker, cares for individuals with serious mental illnesses. 


Other PVBC Supports

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Weymann Lee

Training Leaders International (TLI)

Weymann serves full-time on the staff of TLI as an International Trainer. He travels to various countries around the world (and also leads teams from the U.S.) to train for indigenous pastors and church leaders. Since joining TLI he has been on ministry trips to various countries such Haiti, Ethiopia, Philippines, Liberia, Myanmar, Serbia and Togo.

Weymann and Helen have been married for over 38 years and currently reside in Phoenix, Arizona.  They have three adult, married children and three grandchildren who reside in Arizona and California. 


Mitsu & Karen Nakamura


Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC)

We are Mitsu and Karen Nakamura. Mitsu is Japanese from Japan. He came to the Lord through Campus Crusade's ministry while a college student in Tokyo. Karen is a sansei from California, who also came to the Lord through CCC in LA. We've been working with Japan Campus Crusade for over 30 years -- for many years on campus discipling students, and then in various positions --  Mitsu as training director and national director, and now teaching resource team director, Karen in ministry to neighborhood moms and in Human Resources for Japan CCC. We have three children, Abe, 24, teaching English conversation at a church in Kobe; Miye, 22, almost graduated from college and seeking God's future direction; Emi, 19, seeking to enter music college in Japan. We are so grateful for your faithful support and prayers! We could not be here without you.  


Phil & Sharyn Waters

Oceanside, CA

Missions Door (First Baptist Church Oceanside - Japanese Fellowship)

Phil was saved at the age of twelve and dedicated his life to serve anywhere the Lord called him. While attending Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, Phil served for a summer with World Venture in Japan. After graduating from Trinity with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Phil returned to Japan to serve for another year. While there, he met Sharyn, a fellow short-term worker. They were married in 1978 and later Phil received a Master of Divinity degree from Denver Seminary.  In 1980 they were appointed by World Venture as church planters to Japan.  During their seven years in Japan, the Waters were able to start a church and also be involved in other church plants. They were also able to adopt their two daughters (Amy and Amanda) who are now adults.  In 1989, when health problems prevented the Waters from returning to Japan, they were appointed to Missions Door to pioneer a ministry to Japanese in the Los Angeles area.  Phil became the Japanese-speaking pastor at Palos Verdes Baptist church in 1990 and served there until 1993 when he and Sharyn started a Japanese-speaking church in Torrance called YUAI Baptist Church.  After serving a total of 17 years in the greater Los Angeles area, God opened the door to minister in Oceanside at the Japanese Fellowship of First Baptist Church in May of 2006.  That ministry is continuing on to this day.


American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest, Hawaii


Japanese Evangelical Missionary Society (JEMS)


JEMS Asian American Christian Fellowship (AACF)