About Us

Overview


The Okinawa Gospel Academy is home to gospel singer, keyboardist, and music producer, Wesley Barnes. The academy is an extension of his gospel music ministry in Japan which spans over 16 years. The academy is actually the outgrowth of an ever increasing awareness in Japan of gospel music and the positive message of faith, hope, and charity that it brings. The mission of the Okinawa Gospel Academy is to share the love of God through Gospel music. Our vision is to see people reach their full potential in music and life through gospel workshops, choirs, live performances, and the gospel experience.

Background


In 2002 Wesley along with dynamic singer and writer Duranice Pace of the "Anointed Pace Sisters", presented the Okinawa Gospel Choir to Japan through a live concert and CD recording. The CD is titled, "Wesley Barnes presents the Okinawa Gospel Choir featuring Duranice Pace /He Did It All" and was recorded at the Kadena Cultural Center auditorium.


The positive response from this production was overwhelming and laid the foundation for Wesley to produce many more concerts and musical productions including gospel plays in both the USA and Japan. It became increasingly evident that many people found the musical productions to be a forum and outlet for joy. Recognizing this growing fascination and appeal of gospel music in Okinawa, the Okinawa Gospel Academy was established with the goal of providing an effective avenue through which individuals may develop and share their musical gift and also experience the power and life changing effect of the gospel.


Today, the musical journey continues as the Okinawa Gospel Academy reaches far beyond nationalities and ethnic origins. Apart from music, however, we also have times for social activities where we eat, sing, and laugh together. Even with our lively workshops and rehearsals we have time to smile and enjoy ourselves. If you are interested in being a part of our inspiring and exciting choir or workshops, please call 090-6857-6163 or email us for more information.

Purpose

* Raise cultural awareness of gospel music throughout Japan.

* Increase opportunity to nurture and develop your musical talent through our gospel choir, workshops, and live performances.