Interim President’s Welcome

02Dear Friends of Genesis International College, I want to welcome you to the website of Genesis International College! We are a new international English-language Christian college in Osaka, Japan working toward opening a two year Associate of Arts program in business communication in the next two to three years.

Japan is an exciting nation undergoing significant social change. Nearly half of Japan’s 127 million people live in only three metro areas of Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya. Osaka is the second most populous metro area in Japan with more than 17 million people. If it were a nation, the Osaka metro would be larger in population than 135 nations, including the Netherlands, Portugal, Belgium, Cambodia, Guatemala, or any of the Scandinavian countries.

With a protestant church attendance rate estimated at 0.22% of the people, Japan is the largest unreached nation in the world. Church attendance in nearby nations is significantly higher – South Korea (25%), China (9%), and even North Korea (2%). With suicide being a leading cause of death among men ages 20 to 44, and ranked among the top four industrialized nations in suicide, Japan is a nation desperate for the hope of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

So why start a new Christian college in Osaka? Osaka is a truly global city with many international corporations. Globalization cannot be ignored, and people not only need relevant skills to get new jobs but more importantly they need the character to display servant leadership in their families, communities, and workplaces. We hope to offer a new beginning, a new opportunity, and a new life to those who desire to become global leaders who reach Japan and the entire world. We are a Christian school whose goals are to reflect the faith, hope, and love that is found only in Jesus Christ.

Currently, there are no evangelical English-language Christian colleges in Osaka. The single largest evangelical Christian college in Japan has only 70 Japanese students, and is in the Tokyo area, about eight hours from Osaka by car. Please visit our FAQ page to find out more about our strategic initiatives and why we believe this is an important and crucial time to launch such a college.

My own journey to Japan began in 2007 in the most unlikely of ways. As a member of a multi-ethnic church in Jackson, Mississippi, I participated in a two-week black gospel mission trip to the Tokyo area. Upon returning home, I felt a strange sense of being called to Japan. I was content in my career as a Dean of Students at a Christian university. So although I resisted this new sense of calling for quite some time, God persisted. I moved to Chiba, Japan in 2010 where I primarily taught English as a means of sharing the gospel. In 2012, I was invited by Joseph Kim, founder of Genesis International College, to join the new team in Osaka. After wondering for two years why God had taken me to Japan, I was thrilled to see His leading me back into the work I love with college students, but in the nation I had grown to love and to have a great desire to see the gospel change the hearts of the people!

Because of the great spiritual need in Japan, and particularly among the young, I want to ask for your help in launching Genesis International College of Osaka. Our goals are to provide a true genesis: a new beginning, a new opportunity, and a new life in Jesus Christ to the next generation of young Japanese men and women. We are in the midst of recruiting a team of missionary professors and administrators from around the world to launch this college in the next several years.

We are seeking dedicated prayer partners as well as churches and individuals who will help us raise the initial $500,000 to $1,000,000 (USD) startup funds. Would you consider helping to provide a new life in Jesus Christ to the next generation of young leaders in Japan?

We invite you to look at our website and prayerfully consider whether you would like to partner with us by becoming one of the Genesis 100. Please visit our support page for more information. Thank you, on behalf of all of us who serve in this nation for the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Brent Kooi
Interim President
Genesis International College











What is your favorite childhood memory?
Every summer my family would go camping for one or two weeks. I especially remember on trip to Washington state for my brother’s wedding. We camped in the Black Hills, Montana, and British Columbia, and it was my first time on a horse.

Best advice received?
If you’re gonna worry, don’t pray. But if you’re gonna pray, don’t worry.

Favorite Bible verse?
Psalm 84:10
For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.

Favorite academic subjects?
History, psychology

What do you enjoy most about teaching?
I love interacting with my students. I love to share my life with them and to learn about them and their experiences.

Why do you want to serve in Japan?
God has given me a love for Japan and a desire to see people’s lives transformed by the hope that only God can give.

What excites you about serving with Genesis College?
I love spending time with college students. They tend to be excited and optimistic without too many of the concerns of this world.

Favorite free time activities?
Racquetball, unfortunately I’m not aware of any racquetball courts in the entire nation of Japan!