IN GOD’S HANDS THROUGH THE YEARS
In April 1931, during the General Conference Session of the Central Luzon Mission (CLM) in Baesa, Kalookan, the provinces of Batangas, Laguna, Quezon, Marinduque and Mindoro and part of Romblon (Sibale Is.) were grouped together to constitute South-Central Luzon Mission (SCLM). It was also decided during that meeting to make Lucena, Quezon the headquarters of the newly-organized Mission.
The first two years of SCLM were difficult. The organized set-up was composed of the two officers and four departments, namely: Home Missionary, Sabbath School, Book and Periodical Agency and the Missionary Volunteer. There were no district pastors. Visitation and implementation of the mission programs were handled by all Mission workers who were given specific territories to visit. The budget was highly subsidized by the higher organization. Despite the odds, God’s church continued to grow.
On May 5,1965, the mission headquarter in Lucena City burned to the ground. For a year or so, the administrators and office personnel converted some rooms of the South-Central Luzon Academy to serve as their office. However, The God who led our leaders from the beginning continued to direct the present leaders in their search for a new site in which to build the new headquarters. A one-hectare land costing Php 25,000 was purchased in San Rafael, San Pablo City in December 1966. Construction started in February of the following year. Within five months, the mission office and two duplex houses were built.
It was during the term of Pastor Jeremias Medina (1974-76) that the dream of the previous leaders for a boarding academy was realized (1975), Lipa Adventist Academy was established in a five-hectare land in Barangay Bugtong na Pulo, Lipa City.
The period from 1978 to 1984 manifested what vision and initiative can do in the various projects that were undertaken through the able adminstration of Pastor Efinito Macalintal.
Lipa Adventist Academy enrollment increased and new dormitories were built. The academy auditorium stands as a monument of the support of lay people in its construction.
With the help of the North Philippine Union Mission (NPUM), SCLM applied to the Southern Asia-Pacific Division (SSD) for Conference status. In April 23, 2002 the officers of the NPUM and SSD visited and conferred with the officers of SCLM. That same day, SCLM was granted Conference status.
A month later, South-Central Luzon Conference held its first General Session at the Lipa Adventist Academy. Pastor Nelson D. de Chavez was elected president; Pastor Reymundo Torres, Executive Secretary, Bro. Romero Daquila, treasurer.
The Third General Session of SCLC that was held in May 7-10, 2008 resulted to the election to office of Pastor Genes Villanueva as president, Pastor Reymundo Torres – Executive Secretary, Bro. Tomas Dayahan – Treasurer. To date, SCLC is composed of 412 congregations (115 companies, 297 organized churches) with the total of 14, 192 members.