Heath and Joni Hubbard returned to Tokyo, Japan, in January 2018 to begin their second full term as missionaries. They continued their Hope Alive and one-on-one Bible studies with non-Christians. These Bible studies formed the base for a church launch on January 13, 2019. They continue to lead this bilingual Japanese and English church in theTokorozawa area of Tokyo. The couple leads various outreaches and discipleship programs in the Hope Alive church.
Heath, raised in minister’s home, was saved at the age of five. In the year 2000, he went to Brazil and, catching the vision for the Great Commission, saw the need to be personally involved in taking the gospel to the ends of the earth. Heath graduated from Welch College in 2006 with a degree in International Business.
Daughter of Danny and Bobbie Thomas, Joni accepted Christ as a five-year-old and, as the daughter of a full-time minister, grew up actively attending church. From an early age, Joni felt an interest in missions. She participated in two mission trips during her high school years. In 1997, she enrolled in Welch College and felt her calling to missions confirmed through her interaction with Missionaries-in -Residence, missions conferences, and a six-week trip to Côte d’Ivoire as part of the Go & Be team her senior year.
Heath served as a missionary in Kazakhstan for a year immediately following graduation from college in 2006. In 2008, he began working at Welch College as director of recruitment. He continued there until August 2010, when he and Joni began deputation ministry with IM.
Upon graduating college, Joni accepted the call to serve a two-year, short-term assignment in Japan. She taught English and worked with IM’s church plants in the Sapporo area. In July 2006, she began working as the student missions coordinator at IM, coordinating the work of E-TEAM and CMP full time until her first child was born in November 2010. She continued assisting until she and Heath left for Japan in 2013.
Heath and Joni were married in November 2007. Together, they served as college ministry leaders at The Donelson Fellowship from 2008-2010.
Heath and Joni Hubbard were approved as career missionaries in April 2010. They attended language school in the Sapporo area for the first two years of their term and worked in Miharashidai Chapel. The couple moved to Tokyo in 2015. They worked with the Kamifukuoka Church, begun by Ken and Judy Bailey, while the Baileys were on stateside assignment.
The Hubbards have two sons and a daughter: Eli, born November 24; Micah, born October 7; and Emma, born August 28.
The Hubbards are members of The Donelson Fellowship in Nashville, Tennessee.
- Pray for us as we continue the work of the new church plant, Hope Alive Church, in the Tokyo area. Pray that we would see people come to Christ and lives changed and that Christ would be glorified in our work here.
- Pray for the one-on-one Bible studies we are doing with some non-believers and one on one discipleship studies we are doing with new Christians.
- Pray for the outreach ministries of Hope Alive Church to bring more people the opportunity to hear the Gospel.
- Pray for a continued ability to speak Japanese
- Pray for Eli, Micah, and Emma as they are in kindergarten and elementary school that they can learn and thrive in a different culture and that they can make good friends and understand Japanese. Pray also that we can be an effective witness to the other parents at their schools and for their growth as believers in Christ.