We are Robert, Roberta, Joseph, and Benjamin, and we currently serve in partnership with Shiogama Bible Baptist Church in Miyagi, Japan. Our desire is to come alongside the church in Japan and be an encouragement to it in sharing the love of Christ.​

Robert was born and raised in East Texas. While studying Ocean Engineering at Texas A&M, he participated in a short-term team to Japan through Asian Access. That summer, he was burdened by the need in Japan (less than 1% Christian) and felt a sense of calling to serve there long-term. He returned to Japan 2 more times as a part of his discernment process and ended up coming to Japan as a career missionary in the fall of 2005, serving in southern Japan for 4 years.

Roberta was born in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Penn State University she served for 3 years in Kosovo with The Christian and Missionary Alliance. After completing her term, she enrolled in Wheaton Graduate School for additional studies in missions where she met Robert.

After meeting, dating and getting married, Robert and Roberta discerned that God was leading them back to Japan with Asian Access. They now serve in northeast Japan through a strategic partnership between Asian Access and SIM designed to leverage the strengths of both agencies to more effectively reach Japanese people and strengthen the Japanese church.

Japan is a country completely open to the gospel - yet less than 1% of the population are Christian. We serve in northeast Japan (Tohoku) through a strategic partnership between Asian Access and SIM. We partner with a local Japanese congregation and are in the process of starting a church plant in an area where one does not currently exist.

On a daily basis, our ministry activities are quite diverse. In response to the triple disaster (earthquake, tsunami, nuclear) on March 11, 2011, we are actively involved in helping the community recover. Through the disaster-related ministry of our local church, we are involved in learning how to respond to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of those impacted by this tragedy. In addition to this, we are involved in discipleship, evangelism, coaching, and networking with the broader church in our region and throughout Japan.