Senior Pastor Ben Howard:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make straight your path.” Proverbs 3:5-6
My wife and I have now followed God’s leading from being a youth pastor during Seminary, while also serving in the US Marine Corps Reserve, to serving 10 years as a US Navy Chaplain, which brought us here to Yokosuka, Japan. It was here that we first realized that God had placed a love for this country in our hearts, and when we transitioned out of the Navy in 2014, God began to open up doors to bring us back to Japan.
I am truly amazed at the sovereignty of our God, who has directed our path to serve here at Yokohama International Baptist Church. YIBC is truly an international church where we have the opportunity to disciple believers from all around the world and here in Japan to grow in their faith and then go out in the world to be used by God to create new followers of Jesus Christ!
Just as God has a plan for my life, he also has a plan and purpose for each of yours. My prayer is that YIBC can be a part of each person and family God brings to our fellowship, finding and doing the will of God. I invite you to come see if God wants you to be a part of what He is doing through His Church right here in Yokohama, Japan!
Associate Pastor-Worship/Music Jeff Reed:
“I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.” Psalm 89:1
At YIBC, we desire our worship together to be what this Scripture passage describes; where we gather as a church family to sing of the Lord’s great love and power and to share the truth of His faithfulness through song, media, and the reading and preaching of God’s Word. We pray that those who come to fellowship and worship with us will sense the peace, strength, and encouragement that only our great and loving Savior and Lord can give.
Yokohama International Baptist Church is truly an international church with a heart to see Jesus Christ made known. Our prayer and vision is that the arts ministry would have opportunities for every age group and be a chance for people to develop their gifts and skills as well as learning about God and expressing the truths of God.
It is a joy to serve here and see God at work in the lives of His people. I invite you to come and explore the great things God is doing through the church family at YIBC as we worship His greatness together!
In Christ's service and yours,