Mike and Rowena McGinty called Japan their home for over 34 years, residing their final term in the Greater Tokyo area. They served at the headquarters of OMF International, where Mike was the Director of the Japan field and filled other leadership roles while Rowena used her gifts for hospitality and childcare. The McGintys spent the majority of their years in Japan in the northern island of Hokkaido where their primary ministry was church planting as they led five different church planting teams. During those years, they also managed a children’s school, set up OMF’s short-term ministry program and directed all OMF ministries and missionaries in Hokkaido as the Regional Director. All of this changed dramatically in 2011 when they were asked to suddenly relocate to Iwate Prefecture following the Great East Japan Earthquake to lead a two-year relief work.
Mike and Rowena have been married 44 years and have three married children and nine grandchildren located in Texas, North Carolina and Japan. The McGintys returned to the States in April 2018 and continue their ministry with OMF International. They still had a burden for the Japanese and wanted to use their previous ministry experiences and skills to further the spread of the gospel among this large unreached people group. With this objective in mind, Mike took on a newly created role to specifically mobilize and equip new workers for Japan. The McGintys are now in a position to multiply themselves over many times. Their main objective is to recruit, equip and care for new workers going to Japan with OMF. To facilitate this, Mike continues to work with the Japan field leadership team to strategically train and deploy new workers for an eternal harvest in Japan.