Our Japanese language worship service is the original service founded nearly 100 years ago, and has remained faithful throughout all the changes in Little Tokyo. If you speak Japanese or you're learning, please visit us!
Our traditional service has a warm, familial atmosphere with well known hymns and praise songs. Many of our Japanese American brothers and sisters in Christ attend this service; They have faithfully served the church and graciously donated the 11 AM time slot to the Bridge service.
Multi-ethnic, multi-generational, and multi-socioeconomic: Our contemporary service is a striking snapshot of the beautiful diversity of Los Angeles. We worship in a more casual environment, featuring similarly diverse music.
Union Church is located on the corner of 3rd and San Pedro, with a small attached parking lot. For overflow parking, please use Joe's Auto Park on 2nd street (we validate). From Joe's, simply cross the plaza in front of the JACC and walk towards the corner of 3rd and San Pedro.
Union Church is a multi-ethnic, multi-generational and multi-socioeconomic church that seeks to Love God and Bless the City. Union Church has been located in the heart of Little Tokyo for nearly a hundred years. Downtown LA is a growing and vibrant community and our mission is to help it grow in Christ.
Since 1918, when three Japanese speaking congregations joined together, united by a desire to follow Christ, we have been faithfully responding to God's call for our city. Learn more about what that looks like!Learn More
During our 11 AM contemporary worship service, we provide childcare. Childcare for ages 0-3 is provided in Julie's Room on the first floor just outside the sanctuary, and for ages 4 and up on the second floor in the room opposite the elevator.
We provide coffee, tea, and snacks to enjoy as we get to know each other better, both in the social hall itself and in the Quiet Room adjacent to the sanctuary.
Join us for lunch with all three congregations every other week! Also, we meet from time to time for special events like our Christmas in July celebration, our Fall Fair, Ladies Tea, and many more. We also have a whatsApp group run by some of our members who want to get together on the spur of the moment or share a prayer request.
We believe that missions spans from across the street to across the globe. We have volunteer opportunities for the Union Rescue Mission, Tokyo Towers. Some of our members go on short term missions trips to the Touhoku region of Japan on a yearly basis. We also want to hear from you about any new opportunities for outreach!
Our small groups start every fall and run through the spring, in various parts of the city. If there isn’t one near you, come see us about starting a new group! Please email us for further information.Find Out More
Tim Yee (DM in 2018) has served as a worship leader, outreach pastor and college pastor and has travelled the world serving various Christian ministries. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Union Rescue Mission in LA’s Skid Row and works with Fuller Seminary to support vocational and spiritual formation ministry endeavors. He is also a founding member of Give Urban Farms whose vision is to use social entrepreneurship to provide access to fresh foods and job opportunities. Tim has been married to Kati, an interior designer by trade, for 17 years and they have two young daughters Avery and Gracen.
Ted Izumikawa has faithfully served Union church for years as a layperson, starting ministries like the community bingo for our neighbors in Tokyo Towers and connecting with local business for the prize donations. We are glad to welcome him the pastoral staff as our Japanese language pastor. Izummikawa-sensei is a polyglot, speaking English, Mandarin, and Korean in addition to Japanese!
Ruben Nuño is currently pursuing his Masters of Divinity at Fuller seminary and has been active as an evangelist and missionary for years. He guest preaches at Union and is volunteering his time to help Spanish speaking immigrants secure the proper paperwork for legal status.
Ken Yabuki is a Christian counselor with Asian American Christian Counseling Service. He is the author of Why Bad Things Happen to Good People and What Can Be Done About It.