Reverend Keith Inouye
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.
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.
Ministry Programming Staff
Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries
Director of Spiritual Formation, Community Engagement, & Music
Mark joined the staff July, 2018. A native of Washington State, Mark grew up on the Olympic Peninsula and studied Religion and Music at Seattle Pacific University. He also holds Masters of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. He has worked in churches San Bernardino, Saratoga, Santa Cruz, Cupertino, and San Jose. Mark is also a playwright and composer. His works include Doors Open, Epistle: Paul Sends the Galatians a Letter, Baptizer, Give Me Shelter, and "My Soul Thirsts for God".
Mark provides oversight and support for our adult bible studies and spiritual formation programs. He also works with Wesley's outreach and community involvement programs as well as the music ministry and choir.
Mark's wife Phyllis Matsuura works as a Program Manager at Humane Society Silicon Valley in Milpitas. Between them they have two daughters and two sons. Mark enjoys hiking, cycling, camping, and sailing. He is also a volunteer umpire for Little League Baseball and Softball.