Gene graduated from Eastern Washington University and taught elementary school before attending Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky. He has worked in three Japanese American churches over the past 24 years, Gene and Minori—his lovely bride of 21 years along with their two children Mika & Iwao—love to hike, take walks, and hang out at the local parks. Though Gene enjoys going to USC, UCLA and Dodger games, he is still a devote Seattle Seahawks & Mariners fan. In his free time he enjoys reading biographies, eating cookies & watching football & Retro t.v.

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