National Leadership Team

Jovald ‘jovi’ Henriksen

National Coordinator

The National Coordinator (NC) keeps JCF running by communicating with the other leaders and helping Christians get connected with other Christians. The NC is the official representative for JCF to the Association of JET (AJET), and also manages the JCF website.

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. – Galations 2:20

Hello! My name is Jovald. I’m from Cape Town in South Africa and have been on the JET programme since 2017. In my first year, JCF helped to find a church in my area and a couple years later I met the leadership team at the JCF autumn retreat in Nagano. My involvement in leadership began in 2020 as a bible study group leader, which I’m still leading (Tuesday nights on Zoom). Since the covid-19 pandemic started we haven’t been able to meet in-person much, but I’m grateful that God gave us the people who created video-calling. May the Spirit of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen

Chelsey Beal

Retreat Coordinator

The Retreat Coordinator plans national retreats at least twice a year to bring JCF members together to grow in fellowship with one another and with Christ.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you a hope and a future. – Jeremiah 3:11

I’m from Tennessee in the United States. I started my time off on the JET Program in Shiga Prefecture, but am now working as a direct hire ALT in Nagano Prefecture. I have been involved in this wonderful JCF community since my first retreat in fall 2011, and honestly, I never imagined I would be around this long. All praise and glory goes to God for His plans for my life here. It has been an absolute joy to see how He is working and moving in Japan.

Megan Daniel


The Librarian writes a review of a highlighted book from the JCF library for the monthly newsletter and sends books to readers living all across Japan.

You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. – Psalm 139:1-3

I was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and have lived in various places in the American south-east before moving to Fukui Prefecture in 2014. Now, I am happily married to a wonderful Christian man who loves me and supports me. I am the daughter of a Baptist preacher and an elementary school teacher who always raised me to follow Christ. Shortly after graduating from university, I began feeling that God was calling me to come to Japan. Now that I’m here, I will seek to follow God’s direction for my life and carry out whatever mission He has in store for me. My hobbies are watching movies, knitting, cooking, and reading.

Deborah Ruth Trotter

Missionary Liaison

The Missionary Liaison provides moral and spiritual support to JETs and makes connections between Christian JETs and the world of Japanese churches and missionaries in Japan.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:8

Former JET now here as a missionary, so I have some understanding of both worlds and what can be done and what possible expectations are out there. I love Japan and both Japanese and foreigners living in Japan, so I want the experiences in both directions to be positive. Many blessings to y’all.

Minami Tada


The treasurer keeps JCF’s financial accounts in order and creates a report of how donations and funds are being used.

So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us. -1 Thessalonians 2:8

I was born in a non-Christian Japanese family. My home town is Nagoya, and now live in Fukui prefecture. I shouldn’t write down my whole salvation testimony here, but through my friends who are JCF members, I joined retreat and met with lots of beautiful JCF family. That was happen before I got baptized. God has amazing good plans. Now I’m following Jesus, and would love to lay back against Him.

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