Fred Tanizaki“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.” —2 Corinthians 5:17-19
In those rare occasions when I run into people from my high school and college days, they are astonished that I am a pastor. This is because of the person I was. I serve the people of Wintersburg as Executive Pastor, knowing that it was, is, and always will be by His amazing grace. I am a Harley dude, family CPA, husband, father, and grandfather. I don’t like small talk much (getting better at it though), but I love people. Drop by my office, email me – I would love to get to know you.
Keith IkedaI was born and raised in Japan and was a nominal Buddhist as are many Japanese. However, due to broken relationships with my parents and friends, I began to seek something to fulfill my heart. I read many books, such as psychology, philosophy, religion, and so forth. Moreover, I went to a Zen temple to meditate and joined some new Buddhist religion. However, no one fulfilled my heart.
In 1995, I came to the US to study music. After I graduated from a music school, a friend of mine brought me to a Japanese church in Los Angeles. There was a fellowship in order to reach out to Japanese students. I met Japanese Christians there for the first time in my life. There were kind, sincere, honest, and pure for me. Eventually I was involved with the fellowship and then was baptized.
I went back to Japan right after the baptism but really wanted to come back here. However, I was still not sure what I was supposed to do. I was totally helpless and very depressed. During that suffering, I was wondering how I could escape from that situation. One day I thought, ‘If I gave up everything toward God, I might have peace in my heart.’ Finally I was convinced by His will to go to seminary.
After graduating from Fuller indeed God spoke to me through a Bible verse that was John 15:16, “You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name.” When I saw this verse my heart suddenly pounded, and I keenly was in awe of God. I was convinced that He was definitely leading me to shepherd wounded Japanese, and eventually God led me to be here at Wintersburg Presbyterian Church.
My hobbies are listening to music (the Beatles are my favorite!), playing guitar, watching movies, and exercising at a sports gym. I’m married and currently living in Garden Grove with my wife, Kiyomi, and my lovely dog, Pekepon.
Ryan TeramotoHi, I'm Ryan. Most people just call me "T". I've overseen youth ministries here at Wintersburg since the summer of 2005, but have been serving in youth ministries since 2001.
God's given me a passion for youth because it was the time when I grew and was challenged the most. I was born and raised in the Orange County. Go ANGELS!!! I am currently married and living in Irvine.
Sue MasamitsuI was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. My best friend & her family invited me to attend their church when I was in elementary school. I accepted Christ as my Savior as a junior higher, but really committed my life to Him my freshman year in college.
I studied and graduated to be an elementary teacher but God had other plans. My husband's job brought us to California in 1987. We started attending Wintersburg with our children and became involved with different ministries. I started working as a part-time Children's Ministry Director's assistant in 1999. In 2003, by God's perfect timing, I became the full-time CM Director. It's a blessing to work with all the dedicated Children's Ministry volunteers....I couldn't do this ministry without them!
I have a very supportive husband, Tom and 3 daughters, Heather (Ken), Cynthia (Garron) & Stephanie...and 2 grandsons, Nolan & Lucas.
Jeremiah 29:11 is one of my favorite verses: For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Mike UyedaSomething beautiful, something good
All my confusion He understood
All I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife
But he made something beautiful of my life
—from the song, “Something Beautiful by Bill Gaither
During my high school years, I had a very low self-esteem and self-image, and I looked into different religions to bring peace in this area of torment in my life. It wasn’t until I was handed a Gospel tract from a Christian on my high school campus that things started to turn around. I became a Christian when the youth pastor of a SEYO church basketball team I was playing on, led me to Christ. Unfortunately, I got caught up in two legalistic Christian cult groups on my college campus, and remained captive through fear in these groups for about 4 years.
Thankfully, the Lord delivered me from both cult groups, and I began seeking counseling from different types of therapists, Christian and non-Christian. The different therapies didn’t really address the heart of my problem, which was about wanting to be loved for who I was and not what I could do. It was a summer evening in 1986, when I attended a worship service at the Anaheim Vineyard church. The worship team was playing the song, “Spirit of God lift me up”, and I remembered how it was like God began pouring His love into me. It felt like God was washing me of all the cult doctrine, confusion, emptiness, and pain that was in my life at that time, and this was the beginning point of God’s healing work in my life. I kept going to this church for several years and the Lord used the vehicle of worship to bypass my confused, messed up mind to reveal His truth in my heart. My testimony has been that God basically healed me from the inside-out through worship in music, which is why worship in music is so dear to me. I’ve experienced God’s amazing presence and love to heal through the power of worship in music.
I never aspired or dreamt of ever becoming a Worship Director. I was content serving God in worship ministry as a layperson, and never thought about getting into full-time ministry. However, God had other plans for my life, and opened the door for me to become Wintersburg’s Worship Director, and by God’s goodness and grace I’ve been serving here since October of 2006. I thank God for using this foolish thing to bring much glory to Him.
But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” — I Cor.1:27
Randy Otsuji“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” — Romans 12:2
I'm an example of never ceasing to pray for a person to come to a saving knowledge of the Lord. It took God’s timing and a lot of people planting seeds in my life to be the person I am today. God graciously opened the door for me to serve at Wintersburg as your Church Administrator, where I have the privilege of sharing my joy with others.
Spending time with my family is my love and only hobby.
Yoshi OidaI have worked in the church office since 1989. I came to know Jesus as my Lord and Savior at the Mt. Hermon Christian Conference in 1957.
My husband Yukio and I live in Tustin and enjoy spending time with our family. We have two daughters and three grandchildren. I was born in Stockton, California, and grew up in the San Fernando Valley.
My special interests include Small Group Ministry, country music, and travel. If you have general questions about our church and the ministries here, or if I can assist you in any way, please feel free to contact me at (714) 740-9400.