PASUGO: GOD’S MESSAGE EDITORS-IN-CHIEF

The men behind the Church’s magazine

Brother Felix Y. Manalo
February 1939-1941

In February 1939, the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) began employing print evangelism through the Pasugo: God’s Message. It was no less than the Messenger of God in these last days, Brother Felix Y. Manalo, who saw the need for a magazine that would bring biblical understanding to people in various places to facilitate their return to God.

The magazine was the brainchild of Brother Felix Manalo, and it was also he who chose Ang Pasugo to be its official name, as quoted from a biblical verse in the Tagalog version of the Bible. He managed the production of the magazine for almost two years—from its maiden issue in 1939 until January of 1941 with the advent of the Second World War in the Philippines. After the war years, with the country slowly recovering, the Pasugo saw print again in January of 1951 after almost a decade.

The editorship of the Church’s official magazine has been passed on to a selected few. Throughout the years, these ministers of the gospel, silent and humble workers, helped shape this magazine to become what it is today—an effective missionary tool and a source of inspiration for the brethren.

The following are ministers of the gospel who have served as the Editors-in-Chief of Pasugo: God’s Message after Brother Felix Manalo:

Brother Benjamin J. Santiago Sr.
1952-1968

A trusted aide of Brother Felix Y. Manalo from the 1940s to the 1960s and of the late Brother Eraño G. Manalo from the 1960s to the 1980s

Had his first Pasugo article published in March of 1939 and became Editor-in-Chief in June 1952

District Supervising Minister of Manila from 1942-1945 and 1947-1948

District Supervising Minister of Metro Manila from November 1968 to 1983

Served as pioneering faculty member and as a senior ministerial instructor at the College of Evangelical Ministry (CEM), which is now the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) School For Ministers

Served as District Supervising Minister in the provinces of Cavite, Nueva Ecija, Rizal, the Bicol region, and Romblon

Recipient of loyalty medal awarded by Brother Eraño G. Manalo on April 3,1984 for his 52 years of faithful service in the ministry

Brother Teofilo C. Ramos Sr.
1968-1973

Served as public debater of the Church from the 1930s to the 70s

Became the General Secretary of the Church and minister-in-charge of Manila in the 1960s

Became Editor-in-Chief of the Pasugo in May 1968

Served as the Church’s General Evangelist

First station manager of DZEM, the Church’s AM radio station

Panelist of the Church’s first TV program broadcast in 1983

Became District Supervising Minister of Bulacan, Cebu, Davao, Nueva Ecija, Rizal, Quezon, and Manila

Handled the debate classes and other evangelical subjects at the CEM

Brother Beda H. Aboloc 
1973-1974

A former Catholic priest assigned in several dioceses and parishes in Surigao, Mindanao before joining the Iglesia Ni Cristo

His convert story entitled, “My Quest For The Truth, The Way And The Life,” was published in the commemorative issue of the Pasugo for the Church’s 50th anniversary

Became Editor-in-Chief of the Church magazine in November 1973 and edited the same for 11 months

Brother Cipriano P. Sandoval
1974-1984

Formerly a high school principal before joining the Church

Served as Administrative Secretary of the Church

Became English Section editor of the Pasugo

Spokesperson of the Church in the Congress of the Philippines in 1965

Served as District Supervising Minister of Pangasinan, La Union, and Tarlac and later as Superintendent Minister of the entire Northern Luzon region

Became Editor-in-Chief of the Pasugo in October 1974

Pioneering minister in the Church’s international expansion

First Director and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the New Era University

Recipient of “Matandang Ministro (Old Minister) Medal” on January 17, 1984

Trainer of the Intensive Training Program (1975) for ministers to be assigned for overseas mission

First Director of the Church’s school for ministerial training

Handled English preaching classes and other evangelical subjects at the CEM

Brother Bienvenido C. Santiago Sr.
1984-2009

Served as Associate Editor of the Pasugo: God’s Message for five years; Head of the Iglesia Ni Cristo Research Department in the 1970s to the early 1980s

The Church’s media spokesperson since 1990

Panelist of the INC Television program in the 1980s

The longest to have served as Editor-in-Chief of the Pasugo: God’s Message having been elevated to this post in May 1984 until September 2009

Faculty member and lecturer of the CEM teaching ministerial subjects

Librettist of the Musical “Ipagdiwang ang Kaniyang Pagliligtas” for the 80th anniversary celebration of the Church

Author of books that deal with biblical doctrines and training manuals used by ministerial students

One of the minister-trainers in the Advanced Studies for Overseas Mission (ASFOM) Program of the CEM

Consultant for the journals of the different colleges of New Era University

Head of the Department of Evangelism, overseeing its five offices: TV, Print, Radio, Interpersonal Evangelism, and the Media Resource Center

Member of the Church Economic Council, appointed by the Executive Minister to assist in the administration of the Church

Current General Evangelist of the Church

Brother Richard J. Rodas
2009-2013

Served as Associate Editor of the Pasugo for four years from 1974 to 1978

Assigned for more than 20 years all across the United States in various capacities

Faculty member of the CEM handling English Preaching and ministerial classes

Panelist of the Church’s Television program “The Message” in the 1990s

Assigned as District Supervising Minister of the ecclesiastical districts of Northeastern Seaboard, USA and Southern Midwest, USA

Served as Assistant District Minister of the Metro Manila North Ecclesiastical District in the Philippines

In charge of the ASFOM Program of the College of Evangelical Ministry from 1991 to 1993

Became the Church’s Secretary for Foreign Mission from July 1993 to July 1998

Supervising Minister of the United States Main Office of the Church based in Daly City, California from October 2002 to February 2005 and from July 2006 to September 2009

Editor-in-Chief of the Pasugo: God’s Message after he was appointed by the present Executive Minister, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo in October 2009

Brother Dennis C. Lovendino
July 17, 2015 to present

Was assigned as the first pastor of Pag-asa (now Mindanao Avenue) Local Congregation in March 1996 while still 5th year student in the holy ministry

Was assigned in various local congregations in the US from May 1996 to October 2009 as resident minister/worker, and served in various capacities, such as district secretary, district edification overseer, and technical assistant to the district supervising minister

Appointed as assistant to the editor-in-chief of God’s Message (US edition) from September 1998 to 1999

Served as one of the international editors of Pasugo: God’s Message from March 2000 to September 2009

Faculty member of the School For Ministers handling English Preaching and Doktrina classes from June 2010 to present

Panelist of the Church’s religious TV program, “Iglesia Ni Cristo and the Bible” from May 2013 to present

Served as English interpreter to the Executive Minister, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, from June 2011 to May 2017 in various pastoral visitations around the world

Became editorial assistant of Pasugo from October 2009 to July 2015 prior to his appointment as the magazine’s editor-in-chief on July 17, 2015

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