About Calvary Iwakuni

Calvary Chapel Iwakuni is a church plant out of Calvary Chapel Okinawa. It is located about 40 km southwest of Hiroshima, in Iwakuni city, just outside Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni. Sensing God’s call to Iwakuni, Mike Silva, a former U.S. Marine Officer, and his family left military life and moved to Iwakuni in September 2005. They started a Bible study in the living room of their home on November 13, 2005. God, by His grace, established a church out of that Bible study.  In September of 2013 Pastor Mike and his family felt the Lord’s calling to return to the United States to Pastor Mike’s hometown in Orlando, Florida.  Pastor Mike contacted Calvary Chapel Okinawa to see if there was anyone willing to continue the work the Lord had begun in Iwakuni.  Glenn Phipps and his family originally moved to Okinawa Japan in 2003 to serve alongside Pastor Rick Barnett at Calvary Chapel Okinawa.  In 2013 they answered the call to continue the work the Lord had begun in Iwakuni and moved from Okinawa to Iwakuni, Japan, to serve at Calvary Chapel Iwakuni. 

Calvary Chapel Iwakuni is an English speaking church ministering to the local community of Iwakuni, Japan.  The body is international in its make up but primarily ministers to military and government employees at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni. Currently the church has four people on staff- Glenn Phipps serves as Senior Pastor, Keegan Davis serves as Ministry Overseer, Zulema Bywater is the Children’s Ministry Director, and Nick Metroka is the intern pastor.  The rest of the leadership within the church is comprised of volunteers from within the body.  Since most of the body is connected to the military base, the turnover rate is very high as service members are given new orders.  This creates a unique challenge to maintaining leadership within the ministries of the church. Adding to this challenge, many of the service members are gone for several months out of the year for military exercises and deployments, sometimes with little advance notice.  By the grace of God, the church continues to be able to meet the spiritual needs of the body despite these challenges.  We give all thanks and praise to God for His continued goodness, faithfulness, and love that He pours out upon us.