November 3, 2011


Second Level Ministry
President/Executive Director

Mayumi Pohl
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
Our focus is on discipling new Japanese Christians, while relying on God's guidance, wisdom and patience everyday. Our slogan is, "To become a fruitful Christian." All Christians are called to bear the fruit of the spirit- Christ like character- (Galatians 5:22) and make disciples of Christ (Matthew 28:19-20). We are convinced that if the process of disciple making is firmly established, Japan and the whole world will be changed. God's glory will be revealed by the real followers of Christ and the proclaimed Gospel.
Far too often, young Christians are not discipled after committing their life to Christ. The Scripture clearly reveals that it is God's will that new Christians need to be nurtured until they become a committed disciple of Christ. Discipling takes a lot of time and energy. However, we are thankful that you are an important part of the ministry, and we all can make a difference in the area of discipleship. We just pray that God's kingdom will be spread by more disciples -true followers- of Christ.
Staff ManagerColin Sewake
Mr. Sewake, a native of Hawai’i, graduated from the University of Hawai’i in 1994, and moved to Okinawa to serve in the U.S. Air Force. He has served as a Squadron Commander responsible for leading and managing over 70 U.S. and Japanese personnel. Along with his primary military duties, he has also conducted exchange work with the Japan Air Self Defense Force and volunteers as a Senior Advisor and financial management board member to the Kadena Special Olympics. Colin continues to serve as a Lieutenant Colonel on the U.S. Forces Japan staff in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. After marrying Keiko Yamakawa, he settled in Okinawa as a permanent resident. Colin surrendered his life to Christ in 2000, and fellowships at Gospel of the Cross Church near his home in Yomitan, Okinawa. Although he actively participates in the leadership of his church, it wasn’t until he traveled to Georgia in 2011 and began studying under a discipleship program, that he developed a greater understanding, respect and knowledge of the Word. He continues a mentoring relationship with the man who discipled him. Colin is prepared and equipped to disciple others, passing along what he has been taught (II Tim 2:2) in obedience Christ’s command to make disciples. (Matt.28:19-20)
Matthew Barany: Director of Mobilization
Matt is from Woodbridge, NJ. Matt accepted Christ at the young age of 4 and grew up in a family of 6. He has felt a call to missions and to reach people for Christ since he was 8 years old. Matt grew to love missions and getting to connect with people from others cultures, especially from East Asia. In 2007 God laid Japan on Matt's heart and since then his passion and desire to see Japanese reached for Christ has only grown. Matt took his first step into working directly with Japanese as a volunteer with Second Level Ministry in February 2016. He is now serving as the Director of Mobilization. He attends conferences for networking purposes, manages social media, participates in ongoing discipleship, does student ministry and is involved with a local Japanese church plant as a core member in Atlanta, Georgia.
Jeremy Brooks (Discipleship and Missions Coach): Lizzie Brooks (Special Projects Communication Coordinator)

Jeremy and Lizzie Brooks began their ministry in Athens, Georgia at the University of Georgia. There they caught vision to see all people groups reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Their burden developed specifically to see more Japanese disciples of Jesus. While their ministry was not limited to Japanese students, God continued to bring Japanese people into their lives.
Jeremy and Lizzie’s ministry has focused on the teaching of Jesus in Matthew 28:19-20 and Paul in 2 Timothy 2:2, to make disciples who will also make disciples of Jesus. Their passion is to encourage and support Japanese believers in their ability through Christ to lead and make disciples of Jesus among their own people.
Jeremy and Lizzie are excited to serve with Second Level Ministry to grow God’s kingdom among Japanese in the Atlanta area and in Japan through fruitful disciple-making. Jeremy is serving as a Discipleship Coach. Lizzie is serving as a Coordinator of Communications and Relations. They reside in Atlanta, GA.
主事 準備中
Soul Care Coordinator
Yumi Ikeda
鹿児島県生まれ。19歳の時に信仰を持つ。大学卒 業後インマヌエル聖宣神学院入学。神学校卒業後 インマヌエル総合伝道団の牧師として4年間働く。 カルト化した教会の教会員からの相談が絶えなかっ たため教会の健全な運営とバランスの取れた信仰と は何か考えるようになる。2016年にBIOLA大学TALBOT神学校に入学。パストラルケアの修士課程に在籍中。日 本でソウルケアミニストリーが広まることを目指して活動している。セカンドレベルでは、ソウルケアのセッションやメンタリングの面で奉仕。
主事 準備中
Students Care Coordinator
Steven La Voie
Steven is a native of Akron, Ohio. When he was a child, he loved to learn all kinds of languages and had a special interest in anything related to the Japanese language or the art of bonsai! It was not until 2012 that he sensed God was leading him to pursue full-time cross-cultural work although he did not know where yet. After many years of exploration (including a year of working with the Chinese and French) and a degree from The Moody Bible Institute to serve as a solid Biblical foundation, God led him to Second Level. He is now serving as a Student Care Coordinator in Atlanta, Georgia.
主事 準備中
Japanese Community Outreach Coordinator
Jose and Miki Medina
  Media Director
Tim Ingle
Tim grew up in the suburbs of Washington D.C. and now lives in Orlando, FL with his family. He has a BFA in Kinetic Imagery: Video and Animation from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a MA in Communications: Media, Faith and Culture from Regent University (VA). He has been working in media production for more than 20 years with a focus on animation production. Tim has worked on international television animation, pilots, music videos and commercials. He has had a love for the people and culture of Japan since childhood that turned into a calling in adulthood. For ten years Tim was the chairman of Let's Love Japan, a media outreach organization to Japan. Tim serves in the media development for the mission of Second Level.
Associate Staff
Wakako Minamoto
Wakako is from Okinawa. After living in Okinawa, she lived in California, New Zealand, and Hawaii. Now she is blessed with four children and lives in Atlanta, Georgia. She was saved when she was in high school, and she has always believed that God is taking care of her. Her home church is Naha Baptist Church, but in each local church that she have been involved in thus far, she served in Sunday School, Bible studies, the choir, children's ministry, and others. The Lord has arranged her path so that she could serve up until this point. Now she is passionate about saving lost souls in Japan and making disciples. She went to a mission trip to Okinawa through Second Level Ministry twice. As the associate staff of Second Level, she serves the Lord in leading discipleship through Skype and coordinating the prayer meetings.
Associate Staff
Ayako Berger
A native of Tokyo, Ayako Burgess moved to the United States where she became involved in church and later accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior. She then followed his example in Baptism. As a new Christian, Ayako struggled to find her role in Christ. Some time later, she became involved with Second Level Ministry via mutual friends. It was through her involvement with Second Level that she found her role. With Second Level Ministry, Ayako has been actively involved with mentorship, small groups, and children's ministry. Her involvement has been warmly welcomed, greatly appreciated, and abundantly fruitful. Moreover, her increased involvement has also resulted in her increased burden for lost souls. Ayako's specific burden is that lost souls come to Christ, who provides the deep peace and joy, that she has experienced since becoming a Christian. In pursuing her burden for ministry, Ayako has engaged in active discipleship with others utilizing the 15 Step Lessons of Second Level. Her engagement and her burden are steadily increasing. As such, Ayako feels God's conviction to serve as a staff member of Second Level Ministry.
Associate Staff
Masayo Fujiwara
In1999, Masayo accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and savior. And in March of the year 2000, she was baptized while on traveling for language studies in America. At a Urbana conference, she was told about the word of God and her life changed 180 degrees. She started experiencing the salvation of Jesus and the joy of the Lord. After she returned home to Japan she got married, and she now has four daughters and life is very busy. She is always receiving a breakthrough from God in living her life with Him and she is enjoying life. She always feel that growing in Christ is always the most important thing in her life and decided to involve in Second Level Ministry as a staff in Japan.
Associate Staff
Yoshiko Murata
Yoshiko was born in Tokyo and grew up in Kobe.  She experienced the Great Hanshin Earthquake when she was seventeen years old, and began to seriously face issues like the purpose and value of life.  She came to America to participate in a homestay program in March 1998.  She was surrounded by many wonderful Christians, and was saved when she encountered the presence of the God she had been seeking and accepted Christ as her savior.   While studying in Alabama, she grew in her faith through Bible study and fellowship on campus.  She worked as a childcare worker in Chicago, and continued to do so at her church upon returning to Japan. In her life’s journey, she desires for the Lord to guide and appoint her day by day.  She realizes the importance of living by faith, seeking further growth as a disciple of Christ.  Through prayer, God revealed a way to serve as a staff of Second Level Ministry.
Office StaffKeiko Lillis
Keiko was born and raised in Tokyo. As a result of her mother being a Christian, she attended church since her childhood. She was baptized at Hijirigaoka Church (United Church of Christ) when she was senior of high school. She served as a Sunday school teacher for elementary school children for 14 years. She joined Campus Crusade for Christ while studying English in California in 1989. During this time she confirmed that God will be always be with her. After getting married in 1993, she lived in Tokyo, Sendai, and California and experienced various type of churches.  She moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 2012 and was introduced to Second Level Ministry. She has been organizing a Bible class for non-Christian Japanese people called "Izumi-kai" since September, 2014. She started serving as an office staffer for Second Level Ministry since November, 2014.
Spiritual Director Keiko Yamada
After actively taking part in discipleship and cross cultural mission through CRU for 10 years, Keiko began to see the need for a holistic care for Christian’s inner self. As a spiritual director, she seeks to accompany those who are in need for a spiritual companion to help them discern what God is doing in their life. After graduating with MA in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care from Talbot School of Theology (Biola University) in May 2018, she has been providing spiritual directions to people of multiple different backgrounds. Being a classically trained pianist and a painter herself, she uniquely combines her gift of music and art into spiritual direction. She is also a registered spiritual director of Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association. She serves as a Spiritual Director for Second Level.
InternKyle Robinson
He was born in Texas and has lived in Georgia for ten years. He became a Christian when he was a kid, and in his first year of college he started studying Japanese. In 2008, he served for six weeks at a church in Aomori with the mission organization OMF International. In 2009, he studied at Kansai Gaidai in Osaka as an exchange student. He became involved in a church called Jesus Lifehouse Osaka. As a Second Level intern, he serves as a translator.
InternKaori Noda
InternSanbi Wood
Volunteer StaffYukako Ensomo
Yukako was baptized in 1999. After studying in Canada for eight months in 2000, she received the vision to work for the salvation of Japanese. In 2004 she studied theology at Osaka Christian College. After that, she worked as a staff member at Osaka International Church. God led her to meet her husband through church, and she was married in 2008. In addition to serving God through translating at church, she has been led to volunteer as a translator for Second Level Ministry.
WEB DESIGNERBrandon and Naomi Fogerty
Brandon serves as a programmer and and Naomi as a web designer of Second Level Ministry. They live in Seattle, WA with two children.

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