Hello, and welcome to our blog! We are Matt and Caroline Newkirk, missionaries serving at Christ Bible Seminary in Nagoya, Japan.
Matt grew up in San Diego, CA and Caroline in Orlando, FL. We met in 2004, married in 2005, and took our first short-term trip to Nagoya in 2008. We now serve in Nagoya long-term with Mission to the World (MTW), the mission agency of our denomination, the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).
Matt is an ordained Teaching Elder (aka, pastor) in the PCA, having earned his MDiv from Reformed Theological Seminary and a PhD in Old Testament from Wheaton College. Caroline earned an MA in Intercultural Studies from Wheaton College, focusing much of her study on examining Japanese culture from a missional perspective.
We have been blessed with four children: Lydia, Silas, Ethan, and Chloe.