The Reverend D. Timothy Boyle is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church assigned to teach at Kwansei Gakuin University in Nishinomiya, Japan.
Today affiliated with the United Church of Christ in Japan (Kyodan), the university was founded in 1889 under the auspices of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. The main campus is in Nishinomiya, with satellite schools in Sanda, Osaka City, and Toyko. Kwansei Gakuin has 24,000 students and recently merged with Seiwa College, which also had Methodist origins.
Tim has been a missionary professor at Kwansei Gakuin University in the Economics Department since September 2009. He teaches courses in Introduction to Christianity (focusing on the biblical worldview, how that has shaped world history, and how it addresses the issues of today), ethics, and English language. He still helps out at the Buraku Liberation Center, where he served for two years prior to beginning at Kwansei Gakuin.
Tim's wife, Yuko (Juji), also a Global Ministries missionary, is a medical counselor at a special home for the elderly in Kobe that is part of a larger ministry founded by Toyohiko Kagawa, a noted Japanese Christian leader and peace advocate.
The Buraku Liberation Center promotes the human and civil rights of a Japanese population subject to acute discrimination on the basis of blood lines. It is a Kyodan ministry founded in 1981.
Rev. Boyle first served in Japan as a lay missionary from 1971 to 1974 in Sapporo on the northern island of Hokkaido. After seminary and a four-year pastorate in California, the Boyles returned to Hokkaido for a term and then moved to Tsukuba Science City near Tokyo, where they served for 21 years at the Tsukuba Christian Center.
Tim and Juji are the parents of two adult daughters, Lisa Megumi and Jennifer Mari.
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