Stephen and Barbara Duhrkoop
Stephen and Barbara Duhrkoop are missionaries, serving in Japan with One Mission Society. Working at the Christian Academy in Japan in Tokyo, they minister to English-speaking children from the missionary, business and diplomatic communities. Stephen teaches social studies and serves as senior class advisor and senior ministry project coordinator, which includes helping supervise the senior ministry trip to northern Thailand. Barbara works in the school business office doing database development. Stephen serves as the OMS Japan field leader and assists in the OMS Christian Mission Church. Barbara assists the OMS Christian Mission Church in publications and hospitality.
Stephen is a graduate of George Fox University and holds a master’s degree from the University of Oregon. Stephen has served in Japan since 1981. That year, he met Barbara, a graduate of Huntington college who had returned to Japan to help her parents in their role as missionaries with the Christian Church. Stephen and Barbara were married in 1983.
The Duhrkoops say of their work in Japan, "We are serving in a country that, though affluent and rich with traditions, has a younger generation that is rejecting many of the traditions, leading to a breakdown of the family, and many youth are without hope and are dissatisfied with life. Today, we need to evangelize this lost generation, creating disciples who will be discipled to reach more disciples. We need to train and release the Japanese to win their fellow Japanese."
The Duhrkoops have two grown children, Joshua and Pamela.