On October 24, Daisuke Nakayama was named the successor-designate to the Shinbashira unanimously at a meeting of Honbu-in (Church Headquarters executive staff members). On the 26th, after the Autumn Grand Service, Director-in-Chief of Religious Affairs Hiroaki Yamazawa made an announcement regarding the decision to the officials of Church Headquarters, head ministers of directly supervised churches, diocese superintendents, and members of the Assembly at the Church Headquarters Assembly Hall. This past April, he was adopted by the Shinbashira and Mrs. Nakayama. Being the successor-designate, on the 26th he participated in the Kagura Service for the first time by playing the gong.
Director-in-Chief of Religious Affairs Hiroaki Yamazawa commented:
“It is a great pleasure for us, who follow this path with the Shinbashira as the core, to have Mr. Daisuke Nakayama settled as the successor-designate to the Shinbashira. In the season leading up to the 130th Anniversary of Oyasama, we would like to let this joy help us become ever more spirited and to conduct pre-anniversary activities in unity of mind.”
Daisuke Nakayama’s Profile
Daisuke Nakayama was born on January 23, 1991, as the first son of Honbu-in Zensuke Nakata and his wife Michiko. He received the truth of the Sazuke on January 11, 2009, and graduated from Tenri High School in February of the same year. He graduated from Kansai University as a policy studies major in March 2013 and, on the 4th of the following month, he was adopted by the Shinbashira and Mrs. Nakayama as their son in a ceremony conducted in the Foundress’ Sanctuary.