Global Ministries

The United Methodist Church

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The Philippines



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Background

It wasn’t until after the Spanish-American War and the advent of U.S. colonial administration that Methodism arrived in the Philippines. The first Methodist service in the country was held for U.S. soldiers on Aug. 28, 1898.

Later, as Filipinos came to the Methodist faith, their evangelism and leadership led to the dramatic growth of the church. Today, the Philippines UMC is under a central conference structure comprised of 24 annual conferences and three Episcopal areas: Baguio, Manila and Davao.

Global Ministries supports a wide variety of projects that help train or retrain non-deployed maritime/seafarers, health care workers, seasonal workers prohibited from unionizing, and technical, managerial and entrepreneurial skills necessary for small cooperatives. A ministry to children, often living in extreme poverty, seeks to provide holistic help in improving self-worth and spiritual and physical health.

Support is also provided for educational scholarships, training of local church members in spiritual leadership, evangelism and outreach, and Christian education programs for children and youth. The United Methodist Church also relates with affiliated autonomous churches in the Philippines, including the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) and the Iglesia Evangelica Metodista en las Islas Filipinas (IEMELIF) or the Philippine Evangelical Methodist Church in the Philippines.

 

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Missionaries in the Philippines

Alexander, Marsha Gail
#10772Z - The Rev. Marsha Gail Alexander is currently serving in the Philippines as a professor at Asbury College in Baguio City in the Baguio Episcop ...
Cantor, Emma
#13954Z - International Missioner with Women, Children and Youth in the East Asia/Pacific region.
Choi, Eun Ha
#13974Z - Eun Ha"Grace" Choi is a community health worker to several community outreach programs of Harris Memorial College in the Philippi ...
Choi, Jae Hyoung
#13973Z - Jae Hyoung Choi is serving at Union Theological Seminary, Dasmarinas, Cavite, Philippines.
Pascua, David
#13965Z - David Pascua is academic dean and professor for Union Theological Seminary in Cavite, Philippines.
Rondromalala, Irene
#3022255 - Irene Rondromalala is a Global Mission Fellow of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, serving for two years in an inter ...
Tapia, Elizabeth
Advance #3022064 - The Rev. Dr. Elizabeth S. Tapia is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church and is s ...