Reverend Christina Yanko was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, grew up in Claresholm, Alberta and moved to Calgary, Alberta to attend university.
At the University of Calgary, Rev. Christina received a double degree in English and Religious Studies (with a focus on Buddhism), as well as a Master of Arts in Religious Studies (Buddhism). She then studied in Berkeley where she received a second Master of Arts in Buddhism with a specialization in Jodo Shinshu ministry from the Institute of Buddhist Studies and Graduate Theological Union.
In September 2012, Rev. Christina travelled to Japan to receive her first level of ordination (Tokudo) and received her second and final level of ordination (Kyoshi) in December 2012.
In May 2013, Rev. Christina was assigned to the Toronto Buddhist Church.
Reverend Yoshimichi Ouchi was born in Oita prefecture, Japan. He grew up in a family Temple, where his Grandfather and Father were Ministers and now, his older brother Akinori, is the resident Minister.
Reverend Yoshi’s family goes back 25 generations in the family temple, not only did the boys follow in their Father’s footsteps, but his sister is also a Minister. Buddhism and serving the Temple has been a life long practice for Reverend Yoshi.
Reverend Yoshi studied religion, with a focus on Buddhism, at Rukoku University in Kyoto and Shiga.
After graduating from Ryukoku University, Rev. Yoshi went to ChuoBukkyo Gakuin School, part of Nishi Hongwanji-temple, to study the Teaching of the Buddha and Shinran-Shonin who was the founder our sect in Kyoto.
Between February 27th, 2011 and May 2nd, 2016 Reverend Yoshi completed three levels of ordination: Tokudo, Kyoshi and Tokubetu Homuin Shikaku.
During this time he also volunteered at a temple in Osaka and took on the duties of a Minister for two years.
After receiving his ordinations, Reverend Yoshi spent a year at Gonshiki Shidousho where he trained to chant and studied important Buddhist rituals.
On April 15th, 2016 Reverend Yoshi was assigned to the Toronto Buddhist Church.