ACSI Philippines History
ACSI Philippines was just a dream until April 1997 when some Filipino Christian school administrators attending the First Christian School Administrators Conference of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches in Caliraya, Quezon moved for its formal organization. Dr. Phil Renicks and Dr. Roy Lowrie were the representatives of ACSI HQ in Colorado Springs, Colorado in that conference.
A formal organizational meeting was subsequently called by Dr. Phil Renicks, ACSI Vice President for International Ministries, on May 15, 1997 at the Church Strengthening Ministry. Attendance in that landmark meeting included Dr. Glean Meeter, ACSI Vice President for Finance, Mr. Stephen Abelman, Dr. James L. Tan, Dr. Ernesto Clement Sacro, Mrs. Blesilda Rios, Pastor Nepthali Rafael, Mr.Chito Rafael, Mr. LaVerne Valdez, Mrs. Sally Norton, Mrs. Helen Ponce, and a few others.
It was registered at the Securities and Exchange Commission under SEC Registration No. ANO09601084 on April 6, 1998, giving the association juridical personality. Mr. Steve Abelman was named ACSI Asia Director. Elected members of the board were: Dr. James Tan, Mrs. Blesilda Rios, Mrs. Sally Norton, Mr. Alex Milan, and Mrs. Helen Ponce.
The first ACSI Philippines conference for teachers and administrators was held in April 1999 at Greenhills Christian Fellowship in Ortigas Center, Pasig City.
Membership grew, increasing steadily from 59 schools in 1999, reaching almost 300 in mid-2000. In 2008, the association has a total of 274 member-schools: 150 in Luzon, 51 in the Visayas, and 73 in Mindanao.
The following served as ACSI Philippines Director:
Rev. Dr. Segundo A. Espina, 2001 to 2006
Dr. Tabitha T. Bullecer, 2006 to 2012
Ms. Sheilamarie Eiaw, 2013 to 2015
The following served as ACSI Asia Pacific Director:
Mr. Stephen Abelman, 1997 to 2004
Dr. Janet Lowrie Nason, 2004 to 2011
Mr. Carl Palmer, 2011 to present
These directors have joined hands in conducting conferences, trainings, and seminars to help teachers integrate biblical truths and principles in the academic curriculum of schools. Events and activities for ACSI student leadership are likewise being organized and facilitated.
ACSI Philippines, with increased vigor and determination, continues to pursue its mission to enable Christian educators and schools in the country to effectively prepare students for life. All member-schools are partners in the pursuit of this mission, staggering and awesome as it may be, but this work for the Lord is an opportunity of a lifetime.