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).

United Christian Church Leaders

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.

UCC congregation in March 1982

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.

Anywhere God Leads

The church fulfilled its God’s mandate to do mission and evangelism works.  In mid-1981, the church participated in evangelistic partnership with the Tennessee Southern Baptist based in U.S.A., with favorable results.  Home bible studies were being conducted.  New members were added to the church roll.

In 1982-1983, with meager resources but driven by strong faith and under God’s leading and protection, and with prayer support from the members, the church embarked on a church planting mission in Quezon, a province south of the country, in obedience to the Great Commission; hence, the birth of Southern Baptist churches in the towns of Calauag, Lopez, Gumaca and Hondagua (two barangays, Brgy. Manduog and Brgy. Lourdes).  These churches did the same church planting and the mother church has now grandchildren churches in this province. In 1997, she started a mission in Montalban, Rizal, and another daughter church was born.

A Daughter Church in Lopez, Quezon
UCC Daughter Church in Montalban, Rizal

In summer of 2008, an evangelistic crusade was undertaken in Brgy. Pideg, Tubao, La Union, which resulted in the birth of a new church.

In 2010, she did a mission too for a year in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, this time, through a radio ministry, helping the local churches in this area.

In 2012, she also helped in reviving a local church in Bacoor, Cavite, through manpower support for more than a year and is now a healthy church.

The church continued to avail Evangelistic Partnership with American Southern Baptist Churches, if there were available opportunities.

Ptr. Nick Alcaide in the Radio Ministry

Recent partnership was in January/February, 2014, with the Cross Partners Ministry under the same American group, opening a vast opportunities for evangelism work in school, government offices, neighboring areas and mission work in Cavite, which resulted in establishment of a daughter church before the end of that year. This church celebrated its 1st Anniversary on December 27, 2015.

On November 26, 2015, the church started church planting mission in Central Philippines, Capiz Province in the Visayan peninsula.

The church never stops and will not stop to do missionary and evangelistic works! As the church’s vision slogan – ANYWHERE GOD LEADS! – says in Acts 16: 10,  the church will continue in its God-given mandate to “Go and make disciples of all the nations…” (Matt. 28:19-20).

Servant Leaders

The church never neglects to equip her leaders, workers and every members, to prepare them for the work of Christian service, in order to build-up the Body of Christ (Ephesians 4:12) and to expand God’s Kingdom (Isaiah 54:2-3). Nine (9) members graduated from Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary (PBTS) under the Seminary Education by Extension (SEE) program in March 2013.

Discipleship training and maturity growth series were provided for the members through proven-successful programs such as E-12 Discipleship, Mentoring, and Commands of Christ, which took them two (2) years of studies. Everyone is challenged to “Go and Make Disciples” (Matt. 28:19).

For the past years, the pastors who served the church were the following:

Rev. Dominador Herrero – 1980-1981
Rev. Rene Abugan (deceased) – 1982-1986
Dr. Henry Silbor (deceased) – 1987-1989
Rev. Roberto Ighut – 1992-1995
Rev. Freddie La Guardia (deceased) – 1996-1997
Rev. Francis Berog – 1999-2000
Rev. Gene Alfonso – 2001-2005; and
Rev. Alexander P. Amora – 2006 to present

Just like any other churches, United Christian Church also underwent through spiritual attacks from the enemy; she had her own shortcomings too. But God remains faithful and true to His promises – “That neither the gates of hell can destroy her church” (Matt. 16:18). Great is Thy faithfulness! The church continues and will continue from generation to generation until His Second Coming, committed to her divine calling of Kingdom Building.