Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.
Pastor Mark Duarte is a graduate of Loma Linda University in Southern California where he studied Theology. He has ministered in Japan on several occasions, the first of which was as a volunteer missionary from 1976 to 1979. In the 1990s he served as the director of the SDA Language School Department and the International Ministries department at the Japan Union Conference while pastoring Tokyo International Church. He has pastored churches in Okinawa, Tokyo, Yokohama, Shizuoka, California and Hawaii. Pastor Duarte comes from a musical family and has composed many Christian songs and hymns over the years. Some of them can be found in the Japanese SDA hymnal.
Akemi Duarte shares Pastor Duarte’s passion for outreach evangelism and finds her highest joy in serving the Lord. She is a teacher, mother of four sons, and presently heads the Women’s Ministries and Family Ministries departments at Japan Union Conference. She is also assistant Shepherdess leader which ministers to pastor’s wives in Japan. She and Pastor Duarte presently assist church congregations throughout Japan with preaching, seminars, and evangelistic meetings. Some of their bilingual presentations can be found on Hope Channel Japan.