Yuta and his wife Alyssa moved to Georgetown in early 2017 to join the pastoral staff at Maple Avenue Baptist Church. For the first seven years, he led and oversaw the youth ministry of MABC in the roles of Youth Minister and Associate Pastor of Youth. Those were blessed and enjoyable years as Yuta developed good relationships with the youth and saw God transform many lives through the gospel. In October of 2023, the church called him to be its Senior Pastor. Yuta’s desire is to faithfully lead and care for the flock as an undershepherd of Christ who is the chief Shepherd (1 Pet 5:1–4). Yuta’s prayer is that Christ would be formed in the people (Gal 4:19) and that the church would grow in Christlikeness (Ephesians 4:11–16).
As for his testimony, Yuta was born into and raised in a non-Christian home. Thus, he did not grow up attending church or hearing the gospel. While in his final year of high school, some friends invited Yuta out to youth group, and it was through that ministry that Yuta encountered the love of Christians and the saving message of the gospel. Within a few months of attending that youth group, Yuta was saved, and his life has never been the same.
He completed theological training at the Canadian Baptist Theological Seminary & College (Bachelor of Christian Ministry) and The Master’s Seminary (Master of Divinity). He is ordained with the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches in Canada and is currently pursuing doctoral studies (Doctor of Educational Ministry) at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Yuta is happily married to Alyssa, and they have three sons, Noah, Luke, and Mark. He enjoys coffee, rugby, and books, in no particular order.
To CONTACT Yuta, please email the church office.