Working out of Tokyo Japan (and sometimes Cape Elizabeth, Maine US), Dale…
Dale was born and raised in Japan as a "third culture kid" (TCK) or "missionary kid" (MK). He attended a small elementary school for missionary children in Sendai, Japan (a Chefoo school of the Overseas Missionary Fellowship
) and then an international high school in Kobe (Canadian Academy
). But he graduated from high school in Dawson Creek, BC, Canada (Dawson Creek Secondary School
) while his parents were on home assignment.
Dale and his wife, Ann, met while seminary students at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS)
. Ann holds an M.A. in Christian Education and Dale an M.Div. and a Ph.D. in systematic theology, all from TEDS. His theological interests lie in theological methodology, theology of mission, and theology of religions, with an increasing focus on theology of church planting.
Dale and Ann have been based in Japan since 1984 as missionaries with the Evangelical Free Church (EFC). He and his wife have led three church planting projects: Mission EFC now Mission Bible Fellowship
in Mission BC (greater Vancouver, BC, Canada), Owariasahi EFC
in Nagoya, and Sunrise Chapel
(Higashimurayama EFC) in Tokyo. They served in Japan under ReachGlobal
(EFC of America international mission) from 1984-2004. For four of those years Dale led the Japan team of ReachGlobal. Since 2004 they have served in Japan under ServeBeyond
(EFC of Canada international mission).
From 2007-2010 they were the interim pastoral couple of the English Department of Musashino Chapel Center (MCC)
. As a result, MCC is now the primary partner church for their current church planting project that they launched in 2013, Tokyo Multicultural Church (TMC)
. During 2012 the Littles led the earthquake and tsunami (Mar 11, 2011) recovery ministry of ServeBeyond, living in Sendai city where Dale lived during his early elementary school years.
...updated august 2022