Kenji was born in Osaka, Japan into a non-practicing Buddhist home. By the grace of God, his family moved to Greensboro, NC – an area with more churches than Asians. God saved him at the age of 16 and called him to ministry while involved with Cru in college. However, he spent the next five years in the corporate world to honor his parents before attending seminary. Upon receiving his Masters in Theology, his family moved to Fairfax, VA in 2003 to pastor in a multiethnic church in the Washington DC metro area. He has pastored All Peoples Community Church in his neighborhood since it’s first Sunday on September 18, 2016.
Kenji is married to Christine, his college sweetheart and they have three children, Charis, Alana, and Derek. They have a multiethnic/multiracial family, as Christine's parents are German immigrants. He is a basketball junkie, an apostle for the Dallas Cowboys, and has the metabolism of a humming bird.