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Council

Overseeing UCM

The Council is the elected governing body that oversees UCM. There are 15 Council members that are nominated and elected every year by church members. Each Council member serves with a term limit of 3 consecutive years. The members’ primary responsibilities are as follows: Spiritual, Vision & Mission, Policy, Budget, and Restoration. The Council oversees UCM through ministry oversight by chairing committees (a committee is a group of people committed to serving in a particular area of ministry).

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Lawrence Aritao

Corporate Secretary
Now on his second year term at Council, Law, as he is called, is a lawyer by profession and is currently the National Director of Prosecutions for International Justice Missions, a global organization with a solution to end slavery. He is a former Sunday School teacher and volunteer at Precious Jewel Ministry that takes care of vulnerable children.

Tepton Bataclan

Missions & Benevolence
Now on her third year term at Council, Tepton is a former M&B committee member, a Sunday school teacher, and a deacon. She used to be a member of the Women’s Auxiliary (now Fellowship and Membership ministry). Tepton has served on Council as Corporate Secretary in 1996 and in 2013 to 2015.

Rey Cordova

Property
Now on his third year term at Council, Rey is a chemical engineer and is the owner of Tile Options Company. He is head usher for the third service and leads a men’s Small Discipleship Group once a week. In 2015, he organized the Men’s Retreat, a first for the Kingdom Men Fellowship.

Greg De Garriz

Human Resources
Now on his third year term at Council, Greg is the Director of Human Resources for Marco Polo Ortigas Manila. He is an usher, newcomer welcomer, and communion server for the first service. In the past, he has served as a member of the HR Committee and the Nominations Committee.

Carol Ngo Dela Cruz

Stewardship
Now on her second year term at Council, Carol is a businesswoman and entrepreneur for Lexlyn Trading. She actively serves as lead usher and communion server for the first service as well as the Welcome Team leader for the first service.

Virna Liza Enrile

Care
Now on her third year term at Council, Liza is also an usher and communion server for the first service. She is an active prayer minister, liturgist, and reflector for the Wednesday Communion Service during the pre-pandemic period. She is also a member of the Cancer Overcomers Support Group.

Sara Gunderson

Discipleship
Now on her third year term at Council, Sara is a missionary by heart and by occupation. She is a former member of the Discipleship Committee and the Nominations Committee. She is a liturgist and communion server for the first service and a reflector for the Wednesday Communion Service during the pre-pandemic period.

Luna Griño-Inocian

Worship
Now on her second year term at Council, Luna is a freelance writer and also a writer for Trumpets, Inc. She actively serves as writer, director, and producer for special events at UCM. She formerly served as Worship Committee Chair from 2015 to 2018.

Noel Ison Jr.

Age & Stage
Now on his third year term at Council, Jun is a safety and security consultant. He served as Chair of the Age and Stage Committee from 2006 to 2008. Jun is an active Sunday School teacher for the Children’s Ministry and also acts as its praise and worship leader and camp director.

Hank Lee

Treasurer
Now on his second year term at Council, Hank is an entrepreneur and is the innkeeper of the Henry Hotels and Resorts in Manila and Cebu. He has been serving the Finance Committee for many years as a member. He is also a former usher for the second service.

Fitriya Hartono-Lozano

Nominations
Fitriya hails from Indonesia and is married to a FIlipino. She has served on the Nominations Committee as a member. She is an active liturgist and reflector both in the pre-pandemic Wednesday Communion Service and in the online Midweek Essentials and Essentials for Quarantine. She also served as usher and communion server for the first service. She is currently a Substitute Training Leader for BSF Makati Women’s Evening Class.

Jim Murray

At-large / Restoration
Now on his second year term at Council, Jim is a business executive and general manager of his own company. He is a former Council Moderator and Chair and Member of these committees: Finance, Nominations, TOC, and Pastoral Search. Jim is also the Vice-President of the UCM Philippines Foundation, Inc. He served as a member of the Life Building and Church Construction Committee in the past.

Steve Pardue

Outreach & Evangelism
Steve is an American professor. He is a graduate of BA Languages with a masters degree in Historical and Systematic Theology and a PhD in Systematic Theology, all from Wheaton College. He is the program director for ThM/PhD in Theology and Church History at Asia Graduate School of Theology. He is also an associate faculty for Theology at the International Graduate School of Leadership. He serves as a prayer liturgist and guest preacher.

Leah Ponio

Fellowship & Membership
Now on her second year term at Council, Leah is the corporate secretary and treasurer of BSP Company, Inc. She is president of Haggai South Metro for Biblical Leadership Training. She is a former Sunday School teacher, choir member, and SDG facilitator. She sits as a trustee of UCM Philippines Foundation, Inc.

Rev. Chad Williams

Senior Pastor
Pastor Chad possesses over twenty-three years of ministerial experience, including various roles in pastoral leadership, church planting, worship ministry, international theological training, leadership development, teaching at the university level both in the US and internationally, and missionary service. Read More...

Ex-Officio Members

Rev. Noah Kennedy

Associate Pastor
Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Noah was educated at the University of Alabama, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University alongside his wife, Ali. Before his ordination training and first pastoral calling to Union Church of Manila in 2015...Read More...

Dix Roa

Church Administrator
Dix is a graduate of Industrial Engineering in UP. Before joining UCM, he was a self-employed realtor. As Church Administrator, he is the head of operations, making decisions and carrying out duties which affect the comfort, convenience, and safety of the congregation, volunteers, and staff.