The Lord's Cross Christian Center(TLCCC) is a protestant church. Pastor Paul Akimoto was led by God to plant a church. It was founded as the "Kokubunji
Christian Center" in April 1984 in Kokubunji City, Tokyo, Japan. TLCCC was started with Christ as the head of the church and as Chief Pastor. In the beginning
Pastor Paul Akimoto was told by God to live by the principle of hearing and obeying the Lord for a plan of our church. God also showed Pastor Paul Akimoto that
TLCCC daughter churches were going to be planted throughout the country and that we would be involved in overseas mission work.
As of Sep. 2015, TLCCC churches number 109 in Japan and 62 abroad; New York, LA, San Diego, Denver, Baton Rouge, Hawaii, the Philippines, Brazil, the Middle
East ,Zambia and Prague(Czech) (London, Chicago, San Francisco and Toronto are temporary cessation). There is a prayer house in one of TLCCC churches in Gunma
TLCCC is a Protestant charismatic church. We believe that the Bible is the infallible Word of God, the sole basis and the final authority of our beliefs. We
acknowledge the pastoral ministry of Jesus Christ who is the head of the church. Therefore, our walk is guided and directed by obeying the voice of God, based
on the Bible and prayers. Further, we acknowledge that the gifts of the Holy Spirit should be active and exercised in the church. We also believe the
restoration of a New Testament Church with the Five-fold Ministry of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers, and we have been led for that
There will be great revival, a huge harvest of reaping of souls in the world and in Japan. The churches in Japan will greatly change in number, scale and
functions. Some churches in Japan will have thousands, tens of thousands, or hundreds of thousands of members. We at TLCCC are told by God to achieve such a
level of work and to make preparations for it. We have been also shown that TLCCC was called for the end-time work and revival, and that over 90 Mission
offices would be established worldwide. We anticipate in God outreaching the general public through publication and music ministry and on the Internet
Origin of Our Name
In starting a church, God told Pastor Paul Akimoto to name this church "center" because He was going to use this church with a function of a center. What the
Lord showed to him has been true. The Lord's Cross Christian Center has been playing the role of a center in the country and overseas. At the start of the
church, we were not shown a full name of this church. Since we were located in Kokubunji-city, we temporarily named our church Kokubunji Christian Center.
After one or two years passed since the church was started, we were given an instruction through prophecy, saying that we should name this church the full name
God would give.
As a result of praying for the name, we were shown the word "the Lord's cross, "which implies that we will walk by taking up the Lord's cross just as a
Cyrenian Simon in the Bible did so. This also means that we will share the Lord's pain and suffering as we follow Him.
That is our calling and is our desire. We hope to
follow the Lord to the end by taking up the cross, and at the same time, to completely carry out His plan for us.