Approved as missionary interns to Tokyo, Japan, in December 2017, Jack and Ashley Ketteman recently completed their two–year internship and have been appointed by the IM Board to return to Japan as career missionaries. The couple moved to Tokyo in the fall of 2018 to become part of the Hope Alive church-planting team, establishing a bilingual church in Tokorozawa.
Ashley’s primary role was establishing a children’s ministry, while Jack was responsible for leading worship through music. Each of them also led in seeker Bible studies, group discipleship classes, and a monthly music outreach, while they shared the Gospel personally with Japanese friends.
The Kettemans hope to return to Japan by August of 2022. As new career missionaries, they will begin the next term in full-time language school for 2 years, still participating at Hope Alive on a smaller scale, then re-entering full-time ministry better equipped to share the Gospel in Japanese.
CONVERSION and GROWTH
Both Jack and Ashley were raised in faithful Christian homes in Nashville, Tennessee. After his curiosity was raised by seeing a friend baptized, Jack’s parents, Greg and Jill Ketteman, explained the significance of baptism and the way to salvation to him. They prayed with him, as six-year-old Jack asked Jesus into his life. Throughout his walk with Christ over the years, Jack has had periods of challenge, conviction, repentance and renewal in the Lord.
Jack attended Welch College, where godly friendships, the eye-opening teaching of God’s Word, rich times of corporate prayer, and timely encouragement and mentoring served to strengthen his Christian walk. He graduated with a degree in youth ministry and music in 2001.
As a four-year-old, Ashley attended an evangelistic event in downtown Nashville with her parents, Johnny and Martha Carter. Seeing large numbers of people kneeling in prayer prompted questions her parents answered on the drive home. Ashley prayed that evening, confessing sin and asking forgiveness. In middle school, Ashley read Corrie ten Boom’s The Hiding Place. Challenged by Corrie’s faith, Ashley says her personal relationship with Christ really began then.
E-TEAM trips to Cuba (2001, 2003) and a youth group trip to Spain (2002) birthed a burden for the world in Ashley. She attended Welch College for two years before transferring to Aquinas College to obtain a degree in nursing in 2006.
Jack and Ashley married in 2004.
Jack worked for 14 years as a youth and family pastor, first at Cross Timbers FWB Church in Nashville, TN, then at First FWB Church in Bristol, VA, as well as serving in the worship ministry of both churches.
Ashley worked as a nurse, but was also an active volunteer in ministry in the local church, especially in mentoring young women, playing piano in worship, and leading outreach to children in the community.
The couple participated in and led various mission trips during their time in stateside ministry.
Jack and Ashley have three children: daughters Jane (14) and Callie (11), and son Carter (6).
First FWB Church, Bristol, Virginia
Cross Timbers FWB Church, Nashville, Tennessee
Updated September 29, 2021