Unida Church

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United Evangelical Church of Christ
Iglesia Evangelica Unida de Cristo
Unida Church Logo.jpg
Classification Protestant
Orientation Historical Mainline and Evangelical Christianity
Polity Unida

General Superintentent

  • Rev. Benoni E. Hernandez, Ed.D. (2010-2016)
  • Rev. Richard Buenaventura (2016 - present)
Associations World Communion of Reformed Churches
Region Philippines
Language Filipino and English
Founder Don Toribio Teodoro
Origin January 3, 1932
Manila Grand Opera House, Manila, Philippines
Merger of Iglesia Christiana Trinitaria
Iglesia Evangelica de Atlag
Iglesia Evangelica de los Christianos Filipinos
Iglesia Evangelica Metodista Reformada
La Iglesia de Dios
La Iglesia de Jesu-Cristo, "Jerusalem Nueva"
Separations Iglesia Unida Ekyumenikal
Congregations 82 local churches
60 mission churches
Members 25,000
Tertiary institutions


The United Evangelical Church of Christ (Spanish: Iglesia Evangelica Unida de Cristo) ; commonly the Unida Church, Unida Christian Church or Unida Evangelical Church) is an evangelical Protestant denomination in the Philippines founded in 1932.


The Church formed from the merger of six Filipino evangelical groups of Presbyterian and Methodist background, who met in Manila through the invitation of Don Toribio Teodoro, a layman and industrialist who was a member of the Iglesia Evangelica de los Cristianos Filipinos (Evangelical Church of the Filipino Christians). A church union was declared on 3 January 1932 at the Manila Grand Opera House.[1]

In May 2012, Unida Church celebrated its 80th founding anniversary at the Cuneta Astrodome.

The denomination has since grown to 25,000 members in some 82 congregations and 60 mission churches, with churches concentrated in Metro Manila, Southern Tagalog, Bulacan, and the Bicolandia; several congregations in the Northern Philippines, Visayas and Mindanao; and overseas congregations in Canada and Qatar.

The church is a member of the World Communion of Reformed Churches.[2] The Temple and Main Office of the UNIDA Church, known as the Unida Christian Center, is located at Silang, Cavite, Philippines.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Iglesia Evangelica Unida de Cristo, Manwal ng Manggagawang Unida. 2007
  2. ^ www.wcrc.ch/node/164 Archived 2012-08-08 at the Wayback Machine.