The Reverend Canon Timothy M. Nakayama has announced that the Right Reverend Mark Toshio Koike died on Thursday, July 27, in Japan. Bishop Koike, a retired bishop of the Nippon Sei Ko Kai Osaka Diocese, was 102. Bishop Koike received an Honorary Doctorate from Wycliffe College in the 1980's.
The Nippon Sei Ko Kai is the Anglican Church in Japan; a province of The Anglican Communion of churches.
The Right Reverend Mark Toshio Koike, Doctor of Divinity
Bishop Koike was born in Shimane-Ken (Western Japan) on December 4th, 1908. He was the son of an Anglican Priest and was educated at St. Paul’s University and Central Theological Seminary. He held a B.A. and B.Th. He also studied at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford while he was a pastor at St. Mark’s Church in Ashiya. He was very evangelical and biblical.
He served in many ways in church ministry and diocesan roles like a Bishop’s examining chaplain and Bishop’s standing committee etc…
After 24 years of work at St. Mark’s he was consecrated Bishop of Osaka. He took episcopal ministry from 1963 to 1975 then he retired.
I recommended him to be conferred the Doctor of Divinity from Wycliffe College. I am very proud of him. He gave me many important experiences.
I was a pastor at St. Mark’s Church for 16 years and Bishop Koike attended the church and helped me in many important ways. We thank God for his wonderful grace to us all. All of my family have been members of this church for many years.