A Humble Beginning
The church was organized in the first week of March 1980, by former members of Sucat Evangelical Church. Most of the members were new Christians—a result of massive and evangelistic nightly rallies in the Biscuit Company’s compound owned by a Chinese, where one of the organizers was an officer of the said company. Follow-up bible studies and weekly prayer meetings were conducted at one of the members’ residence. The Sunday worships, however, were temporarily held at Betty’s Kindergarten School located at United Parañaque V Subdivision for about a year, courtesy of the owner who was a member of United Methodist Church.
The church recognized the need to formally organize and register with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Hence, on June 16, 1980, the church leaders filed its Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws with the SEC, with the church legal name United Church of Parañaque, Inc., which was approved on July 14, 1980 with Registry No. 93938.
The incorporators were the following: Armando B. Shih [Chairman/President], Alexander P. Amora [Treasurer], Dominador Herrero [Church Pastor], Reuel Enriquez, Valeriano Liam (deceased), Encarnacion Liam (deceased) and Domingo Cablayan (deceased).
After a year, with His guidance and immeasurable blessings, the church was able to acquire two lots with an area of 510 sq. meters for P45,000, with no financial resources on hand but a strong faith that God will provide and which He did. After a year, another adjacent lot (255 sq. meters) was acquired for P25,000. On these lots, the church building was constructed through the help of the Baptist Loan Board, who provided the needed fund for the construction costs and through “Bayanihan” efforts among members, with God’s spirit moving in everyone. Another lot (110 sq. meters) was purchased for P220,000 and used as passage way for entry and exit purposes, for reason that the church was enclosed by perimeter fences of adjacent lots.
The church, which was independent at its birth, decided to affiliate with the Southern Baptist denomination, with Village Baptist Church as the sponsor and was admitted a member of South Metro Manila Baptist Churches Association (SOMMABCA), a local Southern Baptist Association, in June 1981 at a meeting held at Paco Baptist Church. Subsequently, she was admitted as regular member in the Luzon Convention of Southern Baptist Churches (LCSBC) in the Philippines in 1983. She is also a member of Parañaque Ministers and Leaders Alliance, Inc. (PAMILEA), an organization of Parañaque churches of various denominations, doing ministry works in government offices.