Kathy Burton-Lewis is a regional missionary of The United Methodist Church serving as administrative and program director of the Wesley Foundation in Tokyo, Japan. She teaches Oral English at Meiji Gakuin High School, a Christian school with a history of more than 100 years of education in Tokyo.
Regional missionaries are selected and supported by United Methodist Women and placed in collaboration with the church’s General Board of Global Ministries.
The Wesley Foundation is an independent organization engaged in activities of public benefit in Japan. It has strong ties to United Methodist Women and the General Board of Global Ministries. Rev. Chang was appointed in 2012 to lead the foundation toward official recognition as a public benefit entity under Japanese law. The foundation has a building with facilities for promoting educational and social activities in partnership with churches and other non-governmental organizations.
Ms. Burton-Lewis is an associate member of the Ginza United Church of Christ In Japan. She serves as an advisor to the English School Committee at this church, as well as teaching in the school. She also facilitates an English discussion group for Japanese women twice a month and works in a telephone-counseling ministry.
Ms. Burton-Lewis leads a Bible class for women who have been meeting for more than 40 years. Her home is used regularly for various gatherings, discussions, and committee meetings representing the different groups with which she is associated.
She is married to Harry Burton-Lewis, former missionary to Japan, now residing in Asheville, North Carolina. Their daughter, Kathleen, and husband Steve, and granddaughters Anna and Mae live in Manila, Philippines. They have two sons, Bryan and his wife Minako and son Kyle, and Stephen and his wife Haruko, who live and work in Tokyo.
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