Mission History in the Philippines

May 2013: Pastor Alvien De Guzman informs WELS that he is leaving the Lutheran Church of the Philippines for doctrinal reasons and asks whether the WELS would consider doing mission work in the Philippines.

February 2014: Pastor De Guzman has an initial meeting with a WELS representative, Greg Bey (Friendly counselor to Indonesia)

February 2015: After a series of doctrinal discussions, Pastor DeGuzman is declared to be in fellowship with WELS and develops a ministry plan for reaching out to Novaliches, a suburb of Manila. Law and Gospel Lutheran Church conducts its first worship service, in a rented store front, with 20 people in attendance. Pastor De Guzman continues to translate Multi-Language Productions materials for use in his congregation.

May 2017: Law and Gospel congregation moves to a new worship facility to support a thriving children’s ministry program.

September 2017: Pastor De Guzman begins to conduct classes/services in people’s homes in Navotas City (Metro Manila) and Bacoor City (Cavite Province)

February 2018: The WELS Pastoral Studies Institute (PSI) begins providing ministerial training for two pastoral candidates, who are doing part-time ministry in outlying areas of the Philippines (Laguna Province and Mindanao).

December 2019: Glass windows are installed in the worship space to reduce outside notice.

April 2020: COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdowns prompt an expansion of online worship services. WELS Christian Aid & Relief provides humanitarian aid for hurting families.