Masakazu SuzukiUp one level
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Institution: Central Bible College, Tokyo
I was born and raised at a traditional non-Christian family in rural Japan. At age eighteen, I became a Christian at one of Assemblies of God churches in the US while visiting there. Presently I am a lecturer at Central Bible College, Tokyo (Japan Assemblies of God seminary) and a pastor of Mizuba Community Church in Tokyo.
In 1990's my research field was in Religion and Education in Japan, and main focus was on the ministry of female foreign missionaries and Japanese native female workers, who started a female seminary, a high school and an evangelistic mission in Yokohama. I concluded this research writing “Kaisei Dendo Jogakko, Kyoritsu Joshi Shingakko, and Bible Woman” [The History of Women Bible Training Schools of the Women’s Union Missionary Society of America in Japan and their Bible Women], Kyoritsu Kenkyu, (2001).
In 2000 I started my research on the history of Pentecostal Movement in Japan, concentrating on the history of the Japan Assemblies of God. In 2011 I was able to finish my dissertation, “The Origins and the Development of the Japan Assemblies of God: The Foreign and Japanese Workers and Their Ministries (1907 to 1975)”, and was granted Ph.D. from Bangor University, Wales.