Rimban William Briones
Rev. William Briones was born and raised in Mountain View, CA. His major was in Biology. He worked 28 years as a Research Biologist in the Department of Physiology, at Syntex Pharmaceuticals in Palo Alto, CA. He took an early retirement in 1995 and enrolled at the Institute of Buddhist Studies at CA Berkeley's Graduate of Theology Union. Upon Completion of ministerial program at Berkeley, Rev. Briones attended Chuo Bukkyo Gakuin (Buddhist Seminary) in Kyoto, Japan for 2 years. He received his Tokudo ordination in September 2000 and Kyoshi certification in April 2001.
His orientation began at LA Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in June 2001 and he joined the ministerial staff as a full time minister in January 2002. He became the 10th Rimban (head minister) of LA Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in September 2013.
Reverend Koho Takata
Rev. Koho Takata was born and raised as the second son of the 19th generations of Jokoji Temple in Toyama, Japan. He graduated from Ryukoku University, Kyoto, Japan, majoring in Jodo Shinshu (Pure Land Shin Buddhism) in 1993. Rev. Takata received his Tokudo ordination in July 1986 and Kyoshi certification in May 1993.
His orientation as an oversea minister began at Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii in October 1995. Upon completion of 2 months orientation program at Headquarters, he was assigned to Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin as an Associate Minister (December 1995 - May 1998), Kapaa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple on Kauai as a Resident Minister (June 1998 - October 2005), and Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii Office of the Bishop as an Executive Assistant to the Bishop (November 2005 - June 2011).
After 16 years service at Honpa Hongwanji Mission of HI, he resigned his ministry from HI Kyodan and transferred his ministry to Buddhist Churches of America, US Mainland in July 2011. His first assignment in US mainland was AZ Buddhist Temple in Phoenix as a Resident Minister (July 2011 - July 2013). He joined in the LA Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple as an Resident Minister since August 2013.