Philippines General Council of the Assemblies of God

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Philippines General Council of the Assemblies of God
Assemblies of God Philippines.jpg
Classification Evangelical Protestant
Orientation Pentecostal
Leader Rev. Reynaldo Calusay, Gen. Superintendent
Associations Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches,
World Assemblies of God Fellowship, Asia Pacific Assemblies of God Fellowship
Region Philippines,worldwide.[1][2]
Origin 1926
Baguio City
Branched from Assemblies of God USA
Congregations 3,600
Nursing homes 1
Tertiary institutions 2
Official website www.pgcag.com

The Philippines General Council of the Assemblies of God (PGCAG) is a Pentecostal Christian denomination in the Philippines. It has 3,600 churches, claims to be the largest evangelical group in the country.[3] The General Council was established in 1953, but the history of the Philippines Assemblies of God goes back to the 1920s. Its office is located at Gov. I. Santiago Street, Malinta, Valenzuela City. It is presently led by Rev. Reynaldo Calusay, as the General Superintendent. His first election to the office of the General Superintendent was in 2006 General Council held at Bethel Bible College. He was re-elected in 2009 and 2012 General Councils which was held in Cebu and Iloilo, respectively. The General Council convenes every three years to elect its national leaders.

History[edit]

The first missionary of the Assemblies of God in the United States of America to work in the Philippines was Benjamin H. Caudle and his wife who arrived in 1926. However due to his wife's illness, Caudle was forced to return to the U.S.[4] In the 1930s, Filipinos who had graduated from Assemblies of God Bible schools began requesting that the denomination send an appointed missionary to organize the church there. At the time, the Philippines were a U.S. protectorate, and legally, the AG needed a missionary appointed by the U.S. body to be registered as a religious organization. In December 1939, the Assemblies of God USA responded by sending a missionary, Leland E. Johnson, to organize and superintend the Philippines District Council of the Assemblies of God.[5] The first convention was held in March 1940 at San Nicolas, Villasis, Pangasinan, and the district was incorporated in July.[6] Other missionaries would arrive, especially from China as conflict with Japan escalated. In 1941, Bethel Bible Institute was opened in Baguio City to train pastors and evangelists.[7]

During World War II, Japanese military forces occupied the Philippines. The Bible institute, like all schools, was closed, and the missionaries were interned. During these years the district was led entirely by Filipinos. After the war, the missionary presence was revived and Bethel Bible Institute was reopened. Immanuel Bible Institute in Cebu City was founded in 1951, and in 1953, Bethesda Children's Home was founded by Elva Vanderbout, a missionary to the Igorots of the Mountain Province in Northern Luzon.[8] After 14 years under the Assemblies of God USA, the work in the Philippines became fully independent with the creation of the Philippines General Council of the Assemblies of God in 1953.[4] Rodrigo C. Esperanza was the first general superintendent.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "World Missions Department". Retrieved 2010-10-18. 
  2. ^ "PGCAG Global District". PGCAG website. Retrieved 2010-10-18. 
  3. ^ World Assemblies of God Fellowship. Description of the Philippines Assembly of God. Accessed September 23, 2010.
  4. ^ a b Philippines General Council of the Assemblies of God. History. Accessed September 23, 2010.
  5. ^ Seleky, Trinidad E. (2005), "The Organization of the Philippines Assemblies of God and the Role of Early Missionaries", Asian Journal of Pentecostal Studies 8 (2): 271–272 
  6. ^ Seleky, 273.
  7. ^ Seleky, 275.
  8. ^ Seleky, 279-280.

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