San Diego Japanese Southern Baptist Church
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The San Diego Japanese Southern Baptist Church began in 1995, when the Rev. Kazuo Onoyama, a recently-retired All Nippon Airlines captain, initiated a Bible study for Japanese at the Paradise Hills Southern Baptist Church in south San Diego. Under the auspices of the church's missions committee and its pastor, Aaron Eurich, the Bible study flourished for the year.

The growing mission began to make plans for constituting as a church in cooperation with the Southern Baptist Convention, the California Southern Baptist Convention, and the San Diego Southern Baptist Association. In September of 1996, the church officially organized itself and joined the ever enlarging circle of Southern Baptist churches. The church also decided that it would have a better opportunity to reach more people if it relocated, and the decision was made to leave the Paradise Hills venue and move to share the facilities of the Highland Avenue Baptist Church in nearby National City.

Rev. Onoyama was called as the first pastor of the church and served until his retirement in July of 2003. The church had grown significantly under Pastor Onoyama's eight years of ministry and was a strong, self-supporting church. They had also sponsored a new work in Oceanside with Pastor Onoyama traveling to the Home Church, which had agreed to host the new outreach. The mission continued until 2001.

The church's second pastor, the Rev. Hikaru Adachi and his family arrived in November of 2003 to become the second pastor of the church. Rev. Adachi had been a successful church planter in Boston, Massachusetts, while attending and then graduating from the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Pastor Adachi's tenure was not as long as Pastor Onoyama's, and he resigned in May 2005.

Pastor Bob Gillchrest, associate pastor of the Highland Avenue Baptist Church, was invited to become interim pastor while the congregation searched for a new pastor. Pastor Bob continued serving both churches until March 2007, when the church voted unanimously to call him as the permanent pastor of the church. Pastor Bob came as a bi-vocational pastor, serving as a teacher and pastor. He continues in those dual vocations.

The church has been recognized for the last four years for its per-capita giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas offering by the International Mission Board. It supports the San Diego association as well, on a monthly basis. It has joined the Japanese Church Planting Network to advance the planting of new missions and churches among the Japanese speaking communities in the U.S. including the planting of a new church in northern San Diego county.