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.
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.