Damian is married to Utako and they were both educated at Regents Theological College, Nantwich. They have been involved in Christian ministry from an early age and are passionate about raising up strong, healthy Christian leaders. Both of them are excited to be living in Japan during a time of increased change and openness to the Christian message – and they long to see more young Japanese Christians leading and ministering in Japan.
Damian Grateley is the founder and pastor of the River of Life International Christian Church and director of Atelier PURE. As well as working as a cleaner, care-worker, dance teacher and stage performer, Damian also helped to lead a group of Christian artists known as C.A.L.E.B (Christian Artists Living and Expressing their Beliefs). His desire to bring together faith, community and creativity remains with him today.
“I love God, I love being a pastor, I love equipping people to become strong Christians, I am passionate about the Creative Arts and I love good coffee.”
Lead Pastor - River of Life International Christian Church
April 2003 – Present [Takamatsu, Kagawa, Japan]
Our Sunday service is held at 10.30am, in the River of Life building, and is completely bilingual. It lasts about 90 minutes, and contains contemporary praise and practical teaching that can be applied directly to your life/リバーオブライフの日曜礼拝（日本語と英語のバイリンガル）は、午前10時30分から一時間半ほどです。コンテンポラリーな賛美、人生に役に立つ実践的な聖書からの話があります。
* 高松と世界をイエスにつなげる/To CONNECT Takamatsu and the world with Jesus
* 神と人を愛する/To LOVE God and others
* 強いクリスチャンとしての生き方を学ぶ/To LEARN to live as strong Christians
* 仕える喜びを経験するために送り出す/To SEND people out to experience the joys of serving
Director - atelier PURE
January 2002 – Present [Takamatsu, Kagawa. Japan]
Atelier PURE offers professional classes in English, French, Dance, Art and Music, as well as offering pre-school education within Hallelujah Garden (a Christian kindergarten). Atelier PURE aims to help people discover more about their personality, uniqueness and creativity, to help people to confidently express themselves through language and the Arts, and to help draw out the pure talent within each individual.
Atelier PURE is associated with BIGBOX (a project which is seeking to develop a centre within Takamatsu, Japan, that embodies the Creative Arts, the impact they have on an individual’s health and development, and there interaction with the Christian faith).
Regents Theological College, Nantwich, U.K
Bachelor’s degree (hons) Applied Theology