Pastoral Team & Advisory Elder Board

Pastor of Preaching & Teaching

Joey Zorina is from North-East India (Aizawl, Mizoram), a 95 percent Christian state. He was ordained as a minister of the Gospel in 2006 in Assam, India. Joey received his training from:

He has served in church plants on various roles and as assistant pastor in the last 13 years in Japan.  He also writes monthly for Living Life, and contributes occasionally at

Yisel serves with her husband wholeheartedly. She graduated from Heritage Bible College & Seminary, Ontario, Canada with a degree in Christian education and has taught kindergarten for 11 years in Japan.

Worship Director

Aki Sugawara grew up playing the sax in jazz bands, and has served as worship leader in various Bay-Area churches, leading with vocals and picking up instruments as needed. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, he spent much of his professional life working in Silicon Valley companies, including Yahoo and Fox Interactive Media. Graduating from UC Berkeley studying Japanese language and literature, he also spent a year at Kyoto University in an exchange program.

Aki became a Christian while living in Kyoto for two years, and returned to Japan feeling the call to ministry. His desire is to build up a vibrant, indigenous younger generations of Christians in Japan, who would use their musical talents to reach a world that that doesn’t know Christ.

Director of Finance/ Gospel Formation Group.

Joshua is from Malaysia, and currently working as a System Administrator at a major company in Tokyo.  He grew up in a Chinese speaking church in Malaysia.   He has served in a youth ministry prior to coming to Japan.  He takes care of The Bridge Fellowship church’s accounts and other minute details.  He loves to care for the church by serving behind the scenes in various capacities.



Apart from an official coach to the church planter, our Elder Board functions as an external group of pastors and ministry leaders who provide wise counsel and accountability for the lead pastor of The Bridge Fellowship. We are grateful for the willingness of these men to invest their wisdom, experience, and love for the church to help us launch and grow The Bridge Fellowship in this season.

As the Church plant matures, we will slowly and prayerfully identify and appoint a team of qualified Elders and deacons to serve and oversee the ministries of our church.

Please pray about serving in our core team. If interested, write to us at Join The Team. .