Takeo Shimotori was born in Niigata-ken, Japan, on April 4, 1904. He was a descendant of the Uesugi-Clan—Uesugi was a very popular samurai warrior in the sixteenth century. Because of a damaging flood, Takeo’s father decided to come to the United States soon after Takeo’s birth. (It was very unusual at the time for a family from Niigata-ken to leave Japan and come to the States.) The family settled in Oakland, California.

When Takeo was six, his father decided to return to Japan and sent Takeo there first to live with family friends. However, his father could not return due to complications m his business. Although Takeo returned to Japan, he did not understand the Japanese language. At the age of thirteen, he moved to Tokyo and lived with his uncle. Later, after attending Waseda Business School for awhile, he returned to the United States when he was nineteen.

Takeo worked as a laundry man with his brother. Although it was hard work, the laundry business was a lucrative one, and he could earn one hundred dollars a month. He and his brother decided to work until they had saved 10,000 dollars. They were about to reach their goal in 1929 with the idea of establishing an “Instant Cleaning Store,” when the Great Depression hit. As a result, they lost everything.

Instead of becoming depressed over their great loss, Takeo, who had become a Christian during this time, prayed and sought the Lord’s guidance as to what to do. God’s direction was very clear God wanted him to become a minister. This decision so outraged his father that he was ousted from his home. Undismayed, he moved to Los Angeles, graduating from the Huntington Park Training School for Christian Workers at the age of twenty-seven. Soon he was assigned to the Wahiawa Holiness Church. On May 20, 1933, he married Setsuyo Miyamoto. In 1935, Shimotori was ordained at the first Holiness Church of North America General Conference.

Takeo resigned the church due to personal reasons in 1941. During his ministry in Hawaii he had published ten books, mainly on trends in Judaism. He was also a dynamic radio announcer while in Hawaii.

In 1958, he returned to Japan with his second wife, Misao. In 1981, Misao died. Three years later, he decided to go to Argentina which he believed would be his last mission. He arrived in 1984 with his long-time friend, Tatsuko Oshiro. On November 29, 1985, Takeo Shimotori died in Buenos Aires at the age of eighty-one.