Today in Philippine History, April 21, 1899, the first Presbyterian Mission came to the Philippines

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   The first Presbyterian Church in the Philippines, Tonoo, Manila.
   The first Presbyterian Church in the Philippines, Tonoo, Manila.
On April 21, 1899, the first Presbyterian Mission led by Reverend Dr. James B. Rodgers, arrived in the Philippines. Rodgers pioneered in evangelistic, educational, and ecumenical work, being instrumental in the founding of the Philippine Evangelical Union in 1901.

One year later, other sects, including the Episcopalians, Baptists, and Methodist, followed.

During the first 50 years, each mission group worked independently, building churches, schools, hospitals and social service centers.

In 1948, the Protestant denominations in the Philippines came together and formed the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) composed of the United Evangelical Church, the Philippine Methodist Church, the Evangelical Church of the Philippines, some congregations of the Iglesia Evangelica Unida de Cristo, the Convention of the Churches of Christ (Disciples of Christ) of Northern Luzon, the Iglesia Evangelica Nacional and some congregations of the Iglesia Evangelica Metodista En Las Islas Filipinas (IEMELIF).

Today in Philippine History, April 21, 1899, the first Presbyterian Mission came to the Philippines

The UCCP traces its roots in the Protestant Reformation, when Martin Luther, John Calvin and others led the movement to reform the Church according to Scripture.

References:

  1. Philippines News Agency archives
  2. http://www.twoagespilgrims.com/


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