PHILIPPINES – The Lutheran Church in the Philippines (LCP) met for its 25th General Convention from October 23-27 in Manila, during which time the church reelected Rev. Antonio Reyes to a fourth term as president. The convention theme was: “Proclaiming Christ in Season and Out of Season,” drawing on 2 Timothy 4:2.
President Reyes was first elected as president of the LCP in 2014. Prior to that, he served as President of the church’s Visayas-Mindanao District, and further served as the LCP’s Disaster Response Leader. Since his election as president, he has also served the global church as a member of the International Lutheran Council’s (ILC) board of directors, representing the Asia World Region.
The General Convention in Manila also saw Rev. Felipe Ehican Jr. reelected as Vice President of the LCP, as well as elections for other positions. Like President Reyes, Vice President Ehican was first elected to the position in 2014. Rev. Teodorico Taran Jr., Dean of the LCP’s Lutheran Theological Seminary and Training Center, officiated over the installation of officers during the closing worship service.
The convention also honored former president, Rev. Dr. Jose Babao Fuliga, with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Fuliga, who is also former dean of the LCP’s seminary, and his family were recognized “for selfless dedication and consistent zeal, as empowered by the Holy Spirit, in supporting the ministry of the church for 62 years.” Dr. Fuliga was ordained in 1961, and has since then worked tirelessly along with his family to “encourage pastors to continue serving the Lord” and “contribute to the advancement of the LCP.”
The Lutheran Church in the Philippines is a member church of the International Lutheran Council, a global association of confessional Lutheran churches which proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ on the basis of an unconditional subscription to Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions.