Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches

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Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches
Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches seal white.png
OrientationMainline Baptist
LeaderVon Lovell Bedona, LL.B., LL.M.
AssociationsBaptist World Alliance, World Council of Churches, National Council of Churches in the Philippines
HeadquartersJaro, Iloilo City, Philippines

The Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches (Hiligaynon: Kasapulanan sang Bautista nga Pilipinhon) is a Baptist Christian denomination, affiliated with the Baptist World Alliance, in Philippines. The headquarters is in Iloilo City, Philippines.


The Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches has its origins in a foreign mission of the American Baptist Missionary Union on the island of Panay in 1900. [1] [2]

The Jaro Evangelical Church (the first Baptist and second Protestant church in the Philippines), the precursor of the Convention of the Philippine Baptist Churches, was organized in Jaro in February 1900.

Eric Lund, a Swedish Baptist minister working under the auspices of the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society and one of the founding fathers of the Jaro Evangelical Church, translated the entire Bible into Hiligaynon, and the New Testament into two other dialects. In 1905, the Baptist Missionary Training School and Jaro Industrial School were established through a grant given by the American Baptist and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller. The both schools later merged and became Central Philippine University, the first Baptist and second American university in the Philippines and Asia.

In 1935 the formal formation of Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches was established. [3] The Convention has allowed ordination of women to the ministry since 1980. [4]

In 2016, it has 1,000 churches and 500,000 members. [5]

Core Mission Principles[edit]

  • Being grounded in the Biblical tradition
  • Engagement in prophetic and priestly functions
  • Building a community that heals and restores broken ties
  • Developing of strong and responsible leaders
  • Achieving stability through full support of member churches and organizations
  • Building of a deeper and stronger relationship with other mission partners
  • Deep and genuine concern for the lost, the poor, the weak and the needy
  • Faithfulness to the Baptist legacy of missionary service
  • A dynamic, relevant and responsive servant organization
  • Deep commitment to the implementation of a holistic and comprehensive ministry
  • Full use of appropriate technology to enhance programs and ministries

Theology and practice[edit]

The Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches believes that the Bible is the inspired word of God and the final authority in matters of faith. The CBPC affirms as a Protestant church with the Trinity, that the one God exists as three persons in complete unity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. They confess Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord through whom those who believe can have fellowship with God. He died, taking on the sins of the world, and was resurrected, triumphing over sin and death.

CPBC churches recognize two ordinances: Believer's baptism and the Lord's Supper. Baptism is by immersion, and those being baptized must be of an age to understand its significance. Believing in the priesthood of all believers, the CPBC avoids using creeds, affirming the freedom of individual Christians and local churches to interpret scripture as the Holy Spirit leads them. The CPBC affirms the ordination of women.


Baptist missionaries founded many schools and universities in the Philippines. Most notable of these is Central Philippine University,[6] the first Baptist and second American university in the Philippines and in Asia (after Silliman University in Dumaguete City), while Filamer Christian University is the first Baptist school in the Philippines.

The CPU College of Nursing, an academic institution for nurses founded in 1906 as Union Mission Hospital Training School for Nurses by the Presbyterian Protestant American missionaries through the present day Iloilo Mission Hospital, is the first Nursing School in the Philippines.[7] The Central Philippine University College of Nursing is also one of the leading nursing schools in the Philippines.

Central Philippine University's official student governing body, the CPU Republic (Central Philippine University Republic), holds the distinction of being the oldest student government in the South East Asia. It was organized in 1905, one year after the founding of the school. [8] The University's official publication, the Central Echo (CE) is the official student publication of CPU. It was founded in 1910, five years after Jaro Industrial School opened. It is one of the oldest student publications in the Philippines.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ William H. Brackney, Historical Dictionary of the Baptists, Scarecrow Press, USA, 2009, p. 442
  2. ^ J. Gordon Melton and Martin Baumann, Religions of the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices, ABC-CLIO, USA, 2010, p. 788
  3. ^ J. Gordon Melton and Martin Baumann, Religions of the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices, ABC-CLIO, USA, 2010, p. 788
  4. ^ Michael Edward Williams, Walter B. Shurden, Turning Points in Baptist History, Mercer University Press, USA, 2008, p.
  5. ^ Baptist World Alliance, Statistics,, USA, Retrieved September 29, 2018
  6. ^ Iloilo City#Education
  7. ^
  8. ^ Peter C. Phan, Christianities in Asia, John Wiley & Sons, USA, 2011, p. 109-110
  • Baptists Around the World, by Albert W. Wardin, Jr.
  • The Baptist Heritage: Four Centuries of Baptist Witness, by H. Leon McBeth

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