Paul Tokunaga

Paul Tokunaga

Director of Strategic Ministries - Vice President

Paul is a third-generation Japanese American and grew up in San Jose, California.  He was an undergraduate student at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo where he earned a B.S. of Journalism in 1973.  Paul went on to earn a Masters of Christian Studies in 1989 at New College Berkeley.

He has been employed by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship since 1973 in a variety of leadership and management roles, including Southeast Regional Director, National Asian American Ministry Coordinator and Associate Dean for Leadership Development.   Currently, he serves as Vice-President, Director of Strategic Ministries, overseeing Greek, Nursing, International Students, Evangelism, Arts, The Daniel Project, Staff Development and Training and new ministries.  He and President Alec Hill lead the Prospective Senior Leaders Cohort, a potential senior leadership development program.

Paul is a co-author of Following Jesus Without Dishonoring Your Parents, editor/co-author of Faith on the Edge, author of The Power of Friendship and Invitation to Lead: Guidance for Emerging Asian American Leaders, all published by InterVarsity Press.

Paul speaks regularly at conferences for adults and young professionals as well as for college students. He was a featured speaker at Urbana ’90. He also provides leadership training, mentoring and consultation for young pastors.

He is the founder/director of The Daniel Project, a 15-month intensive leadership development program to prepare Blacks, Latinos, and Asian Americans, as well as women, International Student Ministry staff and Greek Ministry staff for senior leadership positions in InterVarsity.  

He has also served on advisory councils for several Christian and secular organizations.  Paul was a founding board member of the Southeast Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League.  

Paul, his wife Margaret and son Sam reside in Atlanta, Georgia where, in his spare time, Paul is enjoying playing well into his second decade as right fielder for the Atlanta Astros of the Greater Atlanta Men's Senior Baseball League.