The Cha Family
Damon grew up in New York City to a Catholic family. He became a Christian in his mid-twenties as a working adult while attending a church in Boston. Young-Mi grew up in Houston, TX, and while attending church for most her of life, grew up in a non-Christian home. She came to know Christ while studying art in college in Manhattan. They met in Boston. A few years later, they both had the opportunity to serve long-term in East Asia, which was a pivotal experience which not only instilled in them the importance of missions work but strengthened their desire to be missionaries. After marrying in 2003, they together discerned a call for overseas missions. They have served at Redeemer Presbyterian Church since 2011. In 2007, Damon was ordained as a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) after graduating with an M.Div. from Westminster Seminary California. He received a Ph.D. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Young-Mi has worked for Westminster Seminary California in the areas of publications and website. She has an M.A. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. The Chas have two wonderful daughters, Aliya and Mikayla, who love Jesus. They pray often, though admittedly many times for cupcakes.
We desire to serve the Lord in Japan by helping build strong, Christ-centered churches to nurture and equip the upcoming generations for Christ. Because Christ-centered churches need Christ-centered pastors and leaders, we desire to help train and prepare future church leaders in Japan. Damon teaches at Christ Bible Seminary (CBS; cbijapan.org) in Nagoya, Japan. In addition, we are both learning Japanese. Young-Mi focuses on building relationships with women, and seeks to do women’s discipleship and Bible study, along with caring for the family. Our daughters attend Japanese schools.
The Ministry: Christ Bible Seminary (CBS)
We are a part of a diverse team at CBS, a partnership with Mission to the World (MTW), the mission-sending agency of the Presbyterian Church in America. The purpose of the seminary is to provide theological training and preparation of young leaders for gospel ministry. A complete vision and history of CBS is available at cbijapan.org. We in partnership with Redeemer Presbyterian Church, our home church and missions agency.
What We Believe
We are Reformed Presbyterians and adhere to the Westminster Standards (the Confession of Faith, the Larger, and the Shorter catechisms) and the Three Forms of Unity (The Heidelberg Catechism, The Belgic Confession, and the Canons of Dort).
- We believe the Bible is the written word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is the revelation of God’s truth and is infallible and authoritative in all matters of faith and practice.
- We believe in the Holy Trinity. There is one God, who exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
- We believe that all are sinners and totally unable to save themselves from God’s displeasure, except by His mercy.
- We believe that salvation is by God alone as He sovereignly chooses those He will save. We believe His choice is based on His grace, not on any human individual merit, or foreseen faith.
- We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, who through His perfect life and sacrificial death atoned for the sins of all who will trust in Him, alone, for salvation.
- We believe that God is gracious and faithful to His people not simply as individuals but as families in successive generations according to His Covenant promises.
- We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells God’s people and gives them the strength and wisdom to trust Christ and follow Him.
- We believe that Jesus will return, bodily and visibly, to judge all mankind and to receive His people to Himself.
- We believe that all aspects of our lives are to be lived to the glory of God under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.