Roger & Abi Lowther
Roger & Abi Lowther are professional musicians working with a Mission to the World church-planting team in Chiba and Tokyo, Japan. After moving to Japan in 2005, they spent a year of language study in the mountains of Karuizawa, Japan then moved to Chiba where they helped start a church plant called “Oyumino Alive!” They are now part of an exciting new project in downtown Tokyo called Grace City Church Tokyo. It is being planted in conjunction with the Presbyterian Church of Japan, Mission to the World, and Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City.
Roger received his Master of Music in Organ Performance from The Juilliard School, and Abi received her Master of Music in Piano Performance from The University of Memphis. Roger & Abi use their talents in many different ways to encourage a church planting movement in Japan. They also have a passion to see artists use their talents in missions to spread the message of the gospel through the arts in ways that engage and challenge the culture of Tokyo, Japan, and the rest of the world.
Roger W. Lowther was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He began performing and playing in church when he was 13 under the direction of Douglas Marshall. He received his Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics from Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science and his Master of Music in Organ Performance from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Dr. John Weaver.
Mr. Lowther won the 1995 American Guild of Organists Region II Young Organists Competition and was a semifinalist in the Denmark International Organ Competition and Calgary International Competition. He has performed throughout the United States including Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and Paul Recital Hall. He was the organist at Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Tennessee from 1998 to 2002 and First Evangelical Church in Memphis, Tennessee from 2002 to 2004. He is now Artist in Residence with the Mission to the World Church Planting Team in Chiba, Japan.
Abi Lowther was born in Concord, New Hampshire and grew up in Jackson, Mississippi. She studied piano and violin and began performing from a young age. She has a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the Belhaven College and a Master of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Memphis. She performs regularly in recitals and concerts. She has worked as a collaborative pianist from 1998 to the present. She worked as the Director of Music and Arts at All Saints Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Tennessee from 2001 to 2004. Mrs. Lowther brought together the 20 member Gospel Voices of Memphis, a choir and band formed specifically to bring black gospel music to Tokyo, Japan.
Roger and Abi hiked across the United States for five and a half months in 2002 completing the Pacific Crest Trail as “Black Hawk” and “Strawberry Girl.” The Pacific Crest Trail is 2659 miles long and runs from the Mexican border to the Canadian border through California, Oregon, and Washington. They have three small sons: Aidan Hawke (05/22/03), Eastin Athelas (09/22/05), Coen Clark (06/01/09).
1. Evangelistic outreach through special concerts and events
Japanese churches have a tendency to be inward focused. These concerts and events help make churches known in the community, bring people into the church, help develop community, discuss topics people are interested in, and point people to Christ. Special events include theme concerts, film nights, lectures, and holiday related events.
2. Corporate worship (including liturgy planning, musical preparation, serminars, and training)
We are involved weekly in leading worship, creating liturgy, directing musical preparation, and translating with the Oyumino Alive! bi-lingual international church plant of Oyumino Church in the Presbyterian church of Japan. We also participate in worship at various meetings and seminars around Japan. Because Christian resources in Japan are so limited, Abi and Mrs. Kabeya have been working on translating one new hymn into Japanese every other week. They hope to make these available on the Resources page soon.
We are also part of a “dream team,” which meets bi-weekly to pray for a church plant for the urbanites in downtown Tokyo in conjunction with Redeemer Presbyterian Church (PCA), New York, New York.
3. Marketplace ministry to professional musicians and artists
We want to empower Japanese musicians and artists to heal Japanese culture through their work. We are investigating different ways of being in the musical world. We want to see artistic community groups of people studying the Bible and praying together with other artists, to transform people, their work, and their workplaces in Tokyo and Japan by bringing the hope of redemption and renewal that comes through the gospel.
4. Cultural Center
A dream to have a venue for presenting artists exhibits/performances, lectures by cultural and business leaders, and other events to engage our culture with a Christian worldview.
The Chiba/Tokyo Team
Information about our team and their ministries are available at www.mtwtokyo.com.
If you would like to send donations, you may do so by sending a check to the address below. Please make the check out to Mission to the world, write our account number “Lowther #014376″ on the memo line, and include in the envelope your name and address.
Mission to the World, P.O. Box 116284, Atlanta, GA 30368-6284
Mission to the World also has an automatic monthly withdrawal option from either a bank account or credit card. Download it by clicking here.
You may also give to Grace City Church Tokyo by sending your gift to Grace City #92803.
If you would like to give a donation from Japan, please contact me by email firstname.lastname@example.org so that I can send you the furikomi information.
Mailing Address and Email
Roger & Abi Lowther
Oyumino Christian Center
4-34-7 Oyumino, Midori Ku
Chiba Shi, Chiba Ken 266-0031