Okuno Masatsuna was a Christian leader. He became the first Japanese Christian clergyman (1878).
Okuno Masatsuna was born on May 14, 1823 (Edo (now Tokyo), Japan).
Okuno Masatsuna was a member of the Shogitai, a band of Shogunate supporters who resisted the Imperial forces at the Meiji Restoration (1868). When the Shogitai was defeated at Ueno, Edo (1868), he failed in his attempt to flee to northern Japan and stayed in Edo. He taught Japanese to two American missionaries, James Curtis Hepburn and Nathan Brown, and assisted in their translation of the Bible into Japanese. Contributed also to the compilation of hymnals in Japanese.
He was converted a Christian and became president of the Japan Christian Association ( 1873).