The Protestant Church Commission for Japanese Service was set-up in response to Executive Order 9066 ordering all Japanese-American
citizens and aliens evacuated from the U.S. West Coast and relocated to centers in the interior. The Commission acted as
a conduit of information among the camp churches, various denominational headquarters, and the wider American culture. Toward
the end of the War, the Commission's main activity was to aid returning evacuees, clergy in resuming their interrupted ministries,
and lay people with their lives. Gordon K. Chapman, a Presbyterian minister with extensive Japanese missionary experience,
was the Executive Director from start to finish.
The Protestant Church Commission for Japanese Service was set up in response to Executive Order 9066 ordering all Japanese-American
citizens and aliens evacuated from the U.S. West Coast and relocated to centers in the interior. It was first named the Western
Area Protestant Church Commission for Wartime Japanese Service. The majority of the members were Protestant ministers who
had served as missionaries in Japan for considerable amounts of time, several from about 1900 on.
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