Phil and Sharyn Waters

United States

Service Area: City

Role: Japanese Church Planting

Ministry Focus

In 1980 Phil and Sharyn Waters were appointed by WorldVenture as church planters to Japan. They returned to the United States in 1989, and since health problems prevented them from returning, the Waters were appointed by Missions Door to pioneer a ministry to Japanese in Los Angeles.

In 2006 Phil and Sharyn were called to Oceanside, California where they have a Japanese-speaking church. Today the Waters’ love for the Japanese people and their culture is undiminished.

Phil says, “Many Japanese and Okinawan women marry U.S. military men who are stationed there and come to Camp Pendleton or retire nearby. There are also many Japanese businessmen and students here in the U.S. for three to five years.

“We want to establish contacts with as many of the Japanese people in the greater San Diego area as we can. We desire to see these contacts trust Jesus Christ and join small home groups to study God’s Word and enjoy regular fellowship. Our goal is to send them back to Japan as believers prepared to plug into churches there.”

Faith Story

Phil was saved at the age of 12 and dedicated his life to serve anywhere the Lord called him. While attending Trinity College Phil served for a summer in Japan.


After graduating from Trinity, Phil returned to Japan to serve for another year. While there, he met Sharyn, a fellow WorldVenture short-term worker. They were married in 1978 and have two daughters: Amy and Amanda.


B.A. in Psychology from Trinity College
M.Div. from Denver Seminary, Denver, CO