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About GLOW

Glow Ministry was founded in 2014 by Samantha Harris and Naoko Uechi. We are a non-profit, para-church organization located in the southside of Atlanta. We serve the local and expatriate Japanese community in the area.

We partner with many interdenominational American and Japanese churches/ministries, as well as individual supporters, to fulfill the mission of GLOW.

We offer weekly ESL Classes, Bible Studies, Twice Month Kids' Classes, Parenting Classes, and more!


We exist to glorify God and to share the gospel with the unreached Japanese community in the southside of Atlanta and Japan by loving and serving them.


Striving to lead the Japanese to Jesus resulted in a widespread Disciple-Making movement of Christianity both locally and in Japan. 

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Mission & Vision
Our Team

Our Team

Leadership Team

Samantha Harris


Naoko Uechi


Ministry Leaders

Ayako Berger

Discipleship +
Spiritual Care Lead

Rachel McEachron

Glow Kids Coordinator

Julie Schafer

Glow + Learn Coordinator

Andy Lam

Prayer Coordinator

Ai Ozawa

Administrative Assistant + Glow Japan Lead

Fiona Thiessen

1:1 Partnership Coordinator

Ministry Operations Lead

Board of Directors

Samantha Harris 
Melody Jones 
Lana Oue 
Tak Oue 
Naoko Uechi 
Kem Williams

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Our Beliefs

Our Beliefs

We believe that there is one true and living God who exists in three persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

We believe that the Bible is God’s inspired word and is the final authority on faith and life.

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and has lived a perfect, sinless life. We believe that he died on the cross for the sins of humanity, was resurrected on the third day, and ascended into heaven.

We believe that man and woman were created in God’s image and sinned, which brought both physical and spiritual death, thus separating them from God, who is without sin.

We believe that all humans are born with a sinful nature that requires saving grace from a gracious God.

We believe that salvation is by grace through faith and that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and become children of God who live with the gift of the Holy Spirit within them.

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We are not in agreement with the following teachings:

- Prosperity Gospel

- Word of Faith

- New Apostolic Reformation Movement (NAR)

-New Age Theology 

- "Little God" Theology

- Progressive Christianity

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