Alvin Jamisola

Pastor Alvin and his wife Melchora. His children Eunice, Carlos, and Ashly.

Conversion Experience

I grew up in a family of multiple religions. My father is a devoted Roman Catholic, my mother is a backslidden protestant, my eldest half-brother is from the Iglesia ni Cristo, my other two older half-brothers attend the seventh day Adventist church. My eldest brother is a Pastor and my other three eldest brothers also studied at the theological seminary. During my childhood, I lived in a Christian home, active in church activities. So I thought that I already had a personal relationship with God and that I was already saved. On a Wednesday night, October 13, 2004, Renante Jamisola, my brother came home from a prayer meeting and he saw me reading the Bible. He asked me, if you were to die, would you go to heaven? I answered I am not sure! That very moment my brother shared the gospel, and I understood the message of salvation and realized my sinfulness. So I surrendered my life to Jesus and accepted Him as my Lord and savior. From that day forward I started sharing the gospel and had bible studies in school with my classmates.

Ministry Call

After my conversion, I became active in church ministries.  I had the desire in my heart to work in full-time ministry, so after I graduated high school I continued my study at the Evangelical Theological College of the Philippines in Cebu. But sad to say, I was not able to graduate during that time. I was very immature and my life was controlled by feelings and emotions that led me to get married at an early age.  I went back to my home town in Surigao and stayed there with my family. But I continued to have a burden in my heart for full-time ministry. So, my wife and I decided to go back to Cebu and continue my studies. I worked as a full-time worker in a secular job to support the needs of my family as I continued my studies in His word. I get so much joy in studying God’s word. During our church plant class at ETCP and even right after I finished the course I said to myself and expressed to God,  “Lord! Many people can do my current job as a salesperson, but only a few can commit to church planting work.” Also, God’s word says in Matthew 9:37 “then He said to his disciples, the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few”. So it is the desire of my heart to be a church planter, this is my commitment to our Sovereign God.