Church planting

in the Philippines

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Bio details of Pastor Rey Calusay

Pastor Rey Calusay is a man whose heart and passion is church planting.

Rev. Reynaldo Aguilar Calusay was born on November 10, 1950 in Legaspi City, Albay.  He is the firstborn among thirteen children and thus learned responsibility early in life.  As a young man, he worked    to be able to get an   education. While in college pursuing  a degree  in Bachelor of Science in Commerce, majoring in Accounting; he was  attracted to communist propaganda  championing the cause of the poor. Eventually, he became deeply involved in activism. Brother Rey (as he is called by many) was apprehended when martial law was declared in 1973 but was soon   given amnesty and a job by the government.
Sometime after that, he observed that both the poor he tried to fight for and the rich and privileged whom he tried to fight against are equally guilty of greed, jealousy, corruption and sin.  He started to think there must be a better cause for which he can give his life.   In the same year he was born again and received God’s call to full time ministry.  He started to  serve God in every opportunity, starting with teaching little children in outstations and Sunday school. Then he   resigned from his job to study in Immanuel Bible College and finished Bachelor in Christian Ministries, magna cum laude.    

In 1979 after finishing Bible college,  he was invited in to pastor First Assembly in Roxas City, Capiz, the same church that he pastors now.    God sent him a helpmate in the person of Zenaida Magbanua, an equally passionate servant of the Lord. They are gifted   with three sons, named Jireh, Ben Judah and Joses. Jireh and his wife Annah Belle, Ben Judah and his wife Maybelle, and Joses, are all serving as pastors.

In 1986, Brother Rey challenged and mobilized the then handful members of his church to fill their Jerusalem (Roxas City) with the doctrine of Christ.  The vision grew to   reach the neighboring towns, then the next provinces and Islands of  the Philippines.   It became a movement where every summer, ordinary church members, young people, professionals, fathers, mothers as  volunteer   are trained and  sent as teams to plant churches in different target places. The movement is called SOS (Summer of Service)  To date more than 1,000 churches have been planted through SOS, in provincial towns and urban cities.

In year 2000, Brother Rey was elected as Assistant General Superintendent of AoG Philippines  and appointed to serve as Director of Foreign Missions and then Director of Home Missions. The later appointment paved the way for him to influence and mobilize the AoG Philippines for church planting. In April, 2006 he was elected as the General Superintendent of the AoG Philippines. Under his leadership, the Assemblies of God in the Philippines is experiencing strong growth, focused on evangelism and church planting.