About this partnership


The Japan/Korea partnership is comprised of pastors and their churches across three distinct nationality and language groups who share similar ministry environments, care for young people, and desire to see God's kingdom here on earth.

Recognizing that such relationships take time, we commit to the long-term and keep our goal simple: to pray for, encourage and support one another so that we are all strengthened and built up in the faith.


Better Together – Vineyard Japan By Gail Beran Neils with Karl Neils



Population: 127.1 million

Number of Vineyard Churches: 

Primary Religion: Shintoism and Buddhism

Government: Parliamentary government with a Constitutional Monarchy

Ave. Education: 15 years

About Japan

Japan is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean with high-rise-filled cities, imperial palaces, mountainous national parks and thousands of shrines and temples. Tokyo, the crowded capital, is known for its neon skyscrapers and pop culture. Scarce in many natural resources, Japan has long been dependent on imported raw materials. Since the complete shutdown of Japan’s nuclear reactors after the earthquake and tsunami disaster in 2011, Japan's industrial sector has become even more dependent than it was previously on imported fossil fuels.


South Korea

Population: 49 million

Number of Vineyard Churches: 

Primary Religion: Christianity and Buddhism 

Government: Republic

Ave. Education: 17 years

About Korea

Korea, called Hanguk in South Korea and Chosŏn in North Korea and elsewhere, is an East Asian territory that is divided into two distinct sovereign states, North Korea and South Korea.  North Korea, one of the world's most centrally directed and least open economies, faces chronic economic problems. A large portion of the population continues to suffer from prolonged malnutrition and poor living conditions. South Korea, on the other hand, over the past four decades has demonstrated incredible economic growth and global integration to become a high-tech industrialized economy. 


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Korea. google.com. 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015

The World Fact Book. East & Southeast Asia: Japan. cia.gov. 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015

The World Fact Book. East & Southeast Asia: North Korea. cia.gov. 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015

The World Fact Book. East & Southeast Asia: South Korea. cia.gov. 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015

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Partnership Leader: 
Karl and Gail Beran Neils

Current Church Partners

USA partner church:

  • Seattle Vineyard

Churches in Japan:

  • Yaita Vineyard

  • Vineyard-House of Prayer (V-HOP)

  • Pearl Vineyard

  • Kani Vineyard

  • Tajimi Vineyard Church

  • Fusso Church

  • Iwata Vineyard (Portuguese Language)

  • Tamon Vineyard

  • Tarumi Vineyard

  • Friend of Vineayrd: Takakura Chapel

Churches in Korea:

  • Seoul Vineyard

  • Mokpo Vineyard (1)

  • Mokpo Vineyard (2)

Partnership Opportunities

Consider joining our partnership by clicking the link atop this page. Together we can impact Japan and Korea for generations to come.