Who we are
UCCP Davao City’s life purpose is to celebrate as a united and uniting church, proclaiming Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, for the transformation of all people.
UCCP Davao City is a faithful, empowered and joyful community of Christ’s stewards, living a meaningful, fruitful and abundant life.
1. Deepen and broaden our knowledge and experience and understanding of the Christian faith and heritage, that we collectively and individually, become living witnesses for and responsible stewards of God’s creation;
2. Actively participate in the sharing of the Good News and building communities where love, justice, peace, truth and compassion prevail;
3. Design and sustain a responsive functional organizational structure and processes to promote continuous learning and growing together;
4. Develop, mobilize and optimize the use of human resources in sustaining our integral ministry;
5. Develop purposive missionary programs;
6. Foster unity and solidarity with all Christians; and,
7. Seek understanding, partnership and fellowship with other groups and communities of faith in the pursuit of the ministries of the Church.
The United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) is the oldest and most visible sign of ecumenical and church unity in the Philippines, being born out of the missionary movement to build one evangelical church in the Philippines.
The UCCP went through three stages of union. The first was the union of the United Evangelical Church in 1929 which merged the Presbyterian, Congregational, United Church of Manila and the United Breathren churches. This was the culmination of the efforts of the Evangelical Union established by missionaries on April 26, 1901 to seek the evangelization of the Philippines through a common effort.
The second stage was the establishment of the Evangelical Church in the Philippines in 1943 under the direction of the Japanese Imperial Forces. It was a forced union which merged the United Evangelical Church, the Methodist Church, the Baptist churches, the Disciples, the Seventh Day Adventists, IEMELIF, UNIDA and other churches. After the way, however, many of the churches left the Evangelical Church of the Philippines, while others remained.
The third stage was the establishment of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines which merged the United Evangelical Church, the Evangelical Church of the Philippines (the wartime merger), the Philippine Methodist Church, and other smaller churches, on May 25-27, 1948.
Thus UCCP is the fusion of various church polities including: (1) Presbyterian Church; (2) United Brethren; (3) Christian Church Disciples; (4) Congregational Church; and (5) Methodist Church. These churches have divergent traditions—the highly hierarchical episcopal polity of the Methodist and United Brethren, the presbyterial or collegial polity of the Presbuterian, and the polity of the autonomy of the Christian Church—Disciples and Congregational. These divergent traditions were brought together in response to Jesus’ Prayer “that they all may be one” (John 17:21) thus forging—the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP).
UCCP Davao City, Inc. is a local church of UCCP, Inc. It is part of Southern Mindanao District Conference (SMDC), one of the oldest conferences of the UCCP, Inc. The conference itself belongs to the Southeast Mindanao Jurisdiction (SEMJUR) of UCCP, Inc.
Rev. Dr. Mariano C. Apilado, PhD, Executive Pastor
Rev. Wenzyl V. Dejolde, Associate Pastor for CWS & PEER
Rev. Jay C. Yabez, Associate Pastor for ECD & Youth
Rev. Jackie P. Dizon, Asosciate Pastor for CEN
Dr. Rosita Fundador, PhD, Church Council Chairperson
Mr. Diomedes Lim, Board of Elders Chairperson
Board of Deacons Chairperson
Dr. Mae Ursos, PhD, Board of Christian Educators Chairperson