「Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.」 Matthew 28：19-20, ESV
Because we all have weaknesses, it is not always easy for Christians to faithfully remain in the teachings of Christ. But throughout the ages there have been numerous men and women who called for reforming the church by returning to the teachings of Christ. One such movement known as the Stone-Campbell Movement began in the early 19th century in America. This movement began under leaders like Barton W. Stone, Thomas and Alexander Campbell, and Walter Scott. They desired to return to the teachings in the Bible and sought for the unity of Christians. Historically, a fellowship called Churches of Christ is one of the streams of the Stone-Campbell Movement.
In Japan, churches of the Stone-Campbell Movement were introduced in the late 19th century by missionaries such as Charles E. Garst and J. M. McCaleb, and in the 20th century by William Bishop, Alice Miller, Sarah Andrews, O. D. Bixler, as well as many others. It has continued to grow from this early start. The Ochanomizu church was started in the current location by O. D. Bixler in 1948.