DIFFERING VIEWS OF THE ORIGIN OF THE CHURCH
Opinions differ as to whether the Los Angeles Church was established by the Japanese church or by the early converts. The American ministers, including such early members as Henry Sakuma, say that the Rafu Church was established by the early converts. The Japanese say it was established by Juji Nakada and his son, Ugo. According to the Japanese version:

In those days, both Sadaichi Kuzuhara and Kisuke Aida were studying at Asbury College. Juji Nakada had long wanted to revisit the United States to reestablish good relationships; he was also concerned about the anti-Japanese movement on the West Coast. Consequently, he visited as many schools and seminaries as possible across the continent. Nakada also visited Asbury to meet Kuzuhara and Aida. Nakada appointed Kuzuhara to the newly established Los Angeles Holiness Church. The church was established by Ugo Nakada during his study at a Bible school in Los Angeles. Henry Sakuma, pastor of the San Lorenzo Holiness Church, was a product of the church activities (Yamazaki & Chiyozaki 1970:70).

It is true that the Nakada family contributed greatly to the establishment of the OMS Rafu Church. Yet the church had already been established by the early converts two months before Kuzuhara arrived in Los Angeles (Kuzuhara 1931:124).

Without a doubt, Ugo Nakada greatly influenced the dedicated young people. Together they experienced the first revival of the OMS Holiness Church of North America. When he returned from the East coast and saw the church sign, he realized the young converts had already established a church (Nakada 1963:329).

Originally, the early converts chose to establish the church under the OMC name instead of OMS. The Oriental Missionary name was familiar to them because of Ugo Nakada's influence on their lives. They also wanted their church to be distinct from the OMS Holiness Church of Japan.

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