Reverends Jon Visitacion, Hajime Yamamoto, Keith Inouye and David Ko

Reverends Jon Visitacion, Hajime Yamamoto, Keith Inouye and David Ko

Rev Keith

Reverend Keith Inouye

Senior Pastor

Keith Inouye was born in San Jose, California and grew up attending the Wesley United Methodist Church.  He graduated from San Jose State University with a BA in Psychology and minor in Asian American Studies.  In 1985, he received his Masters of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion.  He joined the Wesley UMC family on January 1, 2009.

Rev. Inouye's previous appointments have been at Palm United Methodist Church in Dinuba, North Gardena UMC/Faith UMC in Gardena/Torrance and the United Japanese Christian Church in Clovis.  He began his service to Wesley UMC in January 2009.

Keith's wife, Viki, also grew up at Wesley.  They have a daughter and a son.   His hobbies include music (playing guitar, singing, listening to), photography, snow skiing, and camping.


Rev Hajime

Reverend Hajime Yamamoto

Minister of Japanese Language Ministries & Cultural Enrichment

Rev. Yamomoto joined the Wesley staff in 2013.  Rev. Hajime attended Ni’igata University with a major in economics in mid 1990s.  It was his sophomore year when the Great Hanshin-Awaji earthquake occurred, and his involvement as a volunteer in Kobe became literally a life-changing experience.  While still in college, he started working at a local nursing home, and shortly after graduation, he decided to go on to Doshisha University in Kyoto to become a minister.  He was ordained in 2005, and after serving as an associate pastor at the Nishinomiya Church, he has been the senior pastor at the Kobe Tamon church.

His wife, Tomoe, is a graduate of Kansei Gakuin University School of Theology, also in the Kobe area, and she holds a teacher’s certificate at The United Church of Christ in Japan.  Currently, she is a full-time Mom, but she is interested in opportunities to participate in God’s work in the local community.

He and Tomoe have two children, a daughter Sumire, and Koh, their son.


Pastor David

Reverend David Ko

Minister of Spiritual Formation, Discipleship & Community Engagement

Joining our staff in 2013, Rev. David Ko was born and raised in Busan, South Korea until he moved to the United States for his graduate studies in Theology at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 2006.  Prior to serving at Wesley UMC, he was involved in various ministerial positions including, Associate Pastor of Education and Family ministry (Zion Korean United Methodist Church, Duluth, GA), Hospital Chaplain (Emory Healthcare, Atlanta, GA), Program Coordinator of Homeless Ministry (Stepping Stone, Atlanta, GA), and Volunteer Director of refugee resettlement (City Hope Community, Clarkston, GA) from 2006-2011. He completed his Master’s degree in Education at Stanford University in 2014.

Rev. David provides oversight and ministerial support for our adult bible studies and spiritual formation programs. His faithful passion to social justice has reflected in leading homeless ministry at St. James Park and Grant Elementary School after school program, as well as providing focus in other areas of social issues.

Rev. David has two children (daughter Erin and son Yejun) and his wife, Dr. Changhui Pak is a neuroscience researcher at Stanford University. 


Jon

Pastor Jon Visitacion

Minister of Emerging Ministries and Congregational Care

Jonathan Visitacion started working at Welsey UMC in the Summer of 2013.  He was born and raised in Fresno, CA, and part of the former Christ United Methodist Church and the United Japanese Christian Church of Clovis.   Jon received his computer engineering degree from Fresno State in 2006 then after hearing the calling to ministry, he attended from Claremont School of Theology in 2008.  It was during and after graduating from seminary that Jon worked at Faith United Methodist Church in Torrance, CA as a high-school youth coordinator, alongside ministries pertaining to summer youth camps and college-age ministries.  

As Minister of Emerging Ministries & Congregational Care, Jon oversees ministries related to college (Alpha-Omega) and post-college (Agape) young adult ministries, Stephen ministries, our senior-age Primetimer ministries,  Wesley Wellness ministries, scouting ministries, and advise and participate with the reconciling ministry and technology committee.

Jon is married to Mika Yanai Visitacion, a San Jose native and is a teacher in the Campbell school district, and oversees the junior high school ministry (CAF).


 
Cheryl Noble Office Administrator  

Cheryl
Noble

Office Administrator

 

Mark Teagle Chancel Choir Director

Mark Teagle

Chancel Choir Director

 
Viki Inouye Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries:

Viki Inouye

Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries:

Mika Yanai Visitacion Middle School Ministries

Mika Yanai Visitacion

Middle School Ministries