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Erik Hornberger

I attended Messiah College on scholarship, for which I have my teachers and experiences at Lititz Christian to thank. At Messiah College I earned a bachelors degree in electrical engineering and had a number of opportunities to mix profession and faith that shaped my outlook on career and the church.  I was also blessed with a full ride scholarship to attend graduate school at the University of Kansas, in no small part due to the experience I gained volunteering while at Messiah College. I studied a field known as array signal processing and received a Masters degree with honors.

My job brought me to Japan, and for the last two years I’ve been living and working in the bay area of Yokohama. I never imagined I'd find myself living in a city, much less another country, but apparently God's plans aren't limited by our expectations.
My day job is as a senior design engineer at a heavy machinery company that also makes large-scale medical equipment. The projects I'm currently part of are a magnetoencephalography (MEG) device for brain imaging, and a proton beam cancer therapy system. In a nutshell, I mathematically massage data from large numbers of sensors to create images out of numbers so researchers and doctors can make better decisions about treating patients.
On weekends and evenings I also run a small company that develops iOS applications with a particular focus on healthcare. We've worked with Stanford University on a number of research projects related to single ventricle heart defects in newborns and ADHD in adolescents, and we're proud that Apple has officially adopted some of our work into their products.

Despite having freedom of religion, Christians represent only about 0.5% of the population in Japan. Those who are Christian, however, are remarkably passionate.  Churches here are typically small but socially interconnected, resembling the early church described in Acts in many ways.