Our community


Alan Kropp, Director

Born and raised in Japan, Alan has lived somewhat of a nomadic lifestyle swinging between the US and Japan. He is a graduate of Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa, GA where he studied anthropology and theology. Alan also holds an M.Div from Columbia International University in Columbia, SC.  When he is not spending time with his wife and four kids, he enjoys a good cup of coffee, reading books and is active in x-sports.

Email: alan@newlifeishinomaki.org


Jill Kropp

Brought up among the corn and soybean fields of northeast Indiana, coming to the cities of Japan has been a life changing journey for Jill. After sensing God’s direction to live and serve cross-culturally, Jill attended Toccoa Falls College where she studied Interpersonal and Organizational Communications as well as Cross-Cultural Studies. Although loving and leading Alan and Jill’s four small children, occupies most of her time, Jill also enjoys hiking, exercising, waterskiing and studying Japanese.

Email: jill@newlifeishinomaki.org




Ken Young

Originally from Ohio but a Floridian for the last sixteen years, Ken has served in Japan with his wife, Kathy, for 35 years. He’s a graduate of Nyack College Jaffray School of Missions and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Ken has an eclectic ministry background, ranging from academia to church planting practitioner. In his free time, Ken enjoys sightseeing, art, writing and playing golf.

Email: ken@newlifeishinomaki.org



Kathy Young

From a family with a rich heritage in Christian ministry, Kathy was born in Michigan and lived in various parts of Ohio as the daughter of an Alliance pastor. A graduate of Nyack College, over the course of 35 years her and Ken’s unique ministries have planted them in six different cities throughout Japan.  Kathy enjoys playing the keyboard, watercolor painting, photography and golf. These pleasures, however, pale in comparison to the joy of spending time with their three children and nine grandchildren.

Email: kathy@newlifeishinomaki.org