Nagoya English Fellowship exists to:

  1. Provide a haven of encouragement, spiritual nourishment and fellowship to internationals in the Nagoya area.
  2. To build up and mutually encourage one another in the walk of faith.
  3. Bring the light of the gospel to Japanese and encourage them to join a congregation



Nagoya English Fellowship (or NEF) began as the English worship service of New Life Church (a Japanese congregation). In 1996, because of the growth we experienced, New Life church allowed us to establish an independent fellowship with English as our medium. Willie and Mimi Gonzales together with the people attending the English worship service from New Life Church started NEF.

In July 2003, Willie Gonzales was called to be the pastor of the fellowship and subsequently ordained. Leadership is by a Board of Elders of whom the pastor is a member, and all decisions are brought before the congregation for approval.


As is the nature of any international fellowship in Japan, the number of people attending the worship service and other meetings always changes. Membership is on a commitment basis because most people who come still maintain membership at their local church.

NEF is involved with and supports a number of Christian organizations such as Campus Crusade for Christ, HOPE International Development Agency and Integrity Sunday School Ministries.




NEF is an Evangelical Protestant congregation. We believe the Bible to be the inspired and inerrant (in its original form) word of God and that together with the Holy Spirit, it is the authoritative source and guide for the practice of a life of faith. We believe in the priesthood of all believers. We believe that all Christians need fellowship for growth and encouragement.



We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.