2020 Summer Conference

Update:  We regret to inform you that due to health concerns relating to the Covid-19 pandemic the Karuizawa Union Church will not be open to visitors for the foreseeable future.  We pray that through the uncertainty we are all experiencing you may know the the presence and help of the Lord Jesus.

The Executive Committee is considering options for the summer conference and will make an announcement at the end of June.

Karuizawa Union Church Conference 2020
August 7-12

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2019 KUC Refresh Conference
Everyone welcome!

Karuizawa is a beautiful place to retreat and escape the heat of Summer.  Our prayer is that the conference will be a week of spiritual refreshment as we drink in God's Word, worship, fellowship and relax together.

Our first gathering for prayer begins at 3:30pm on Friday afternoon, followed by the first main session at 4:00pm. 

Participation in the conference is FREE but each day you have the opportunity to make an offering that will go directly to cover the expenses of the conference.

Speaker:  Rev Karl Peterson

The last thing Glynn and I ever thought we’d become was missionaries in Africa. Glynn didn’t grow up in a believing home and I had so many missionaries come through our Christian home as a child that I was terrified that God might call me to this career. When we both sensed a pull to serving the Lord overseas, the last place I wanted to serve was in Africa and Glynn was happily serving as a nurse in Ecuador and Seattle. But Africa is where we ended up!

Our 21 years in Mozambique and South Africa were as happy and fruitful as they were perplexing. Culture peculiarities, dire poverty, the pressures of ministry on our health and family, the great needs of the church were both stimulating and challenging.

In those two countries, we planted three churches and I pastored another. But our main focus has always been teaching and training leaders for the African church.

Leadership development has included pastors’ conferences, reading groups, teaching and directing a Bible institute in Mozambique, and later joining the faculty of the Bible Institute of South Africa in Cape Town, where I still teach distance courses.

I currently serve as an elder at Parker Hills Bible Fellowship in the Denver area. Glynn has always had an extensive mentoring ministry among women. The Lord has given us six children and one grandchild.

Youth and Children’s Programs

For middle school and high school students.  Enjoy growing deeper into God, fun activities, and hanging out with friends. 

Kathy and Deanna Covert will again be leading the children's activities.  As adults meet for Bible teaching the children will enjoy a week of creative Bible studies, games, drama and activities.

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Tanner Friesen is back to lead the youth.
This is my fifth year in Karuizawa.  I have grown in lay ove for the people, the country and the food. It is my passion to connect with people, old and young, and help the spiritual development of youth: character, wisdom, and love of God.
At home in Canada I am part of a travelling theatre company called Upside Down Productions.  We use creative arts to share the love of God, and equip churches to use creative arts to reach out. 
I love to travel, both nationally and internationally. But when the winter chill replaces summer breezes, I keep busy as a snowboard instructor.

Conference Musicians

Dene and Rachel Hughes will be leading us in daily worship.  The Hughes are from Newcastle, Australia. They are missionaries of CMS-Australia and live in Hyogo where Dene is on staff with the KGK ministering to university students.

Accommodation in Karuizawa

Conference participants are required to arrange their own accommodation.  We recommend staying at the beautiful Karuizawa Retreat Center operated by TEAM.  KRC is a short walk to the Union Church and throughout the week many conference events, like the family BBQ and campfire, are held at KRC.  The self contained cabins are perfect for families or groups.  Retreat facilities include:

  • Wi-Fi Internet
  • laundry room
  • ample parking
  • basketball court
  • tennis court
  • outdoor children's play area

Go to the reservation page of the KRC website to make a booking.  The website will indicate that the center is fully booked but it is not.  It appears that way because TEAM missionaries are given priority by the center.  After you submit a reservation request KRC will contact you by email and later confirm your cabin reservation in April.


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Welcome ようこそ

Karuizawa Union Church has played an important role not only as an inter-denominational evangelical outreach to the missionary community, but also as a cultural center through music concerts, conferences, worship services, and Japanese Language School for over a century since 1906.

Address 住所:
862 Karuizawa, Oaza
Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun
Nagano Ken, 389-0102 Japan


Doors open (during Summer) 営業時間(夏):
08:10-20:00 daily 週日