Shaping Up in the

Earlier Days and to the

Present


The American Filipino Christian Church


In the beginning it was only a vision of a one man..... His name was Pastor Carlos San Luis. Originally from Iloilo, Philippines he migrated to Canada in early 1980s with wife Linda, daughters Joyce, Melodee and Helen Grace. He devoted his time reaching Filipino immigrants in the British Columbia area. He started two churches in Vancouver B.C. and later in Seattle. Pastor Carlos’ devotion and passion for the Lord led into a vision of planting more Filipino churches not only in Canada but also in the US. He has been a catalyst in the beginning of several other Filipino churches. His mission was to plant 20 churches by year 2000. With the help of Baptist General Conference and Columbia Baptist Conference, the San Luis Family immediately moved to Portland to begin the work in April 1987. American Filipino Baptist Church was officially formed in September 1987. Temple Baptist Church hosted the AFBC for a period of three years, provided space at their facility at no cost. When Pastor Carlos and family were preparing to move to Hayward & Stockton, CA to start more Filipino churches. Pastor Agapito Bernardo with wife Linda and two daughters Alyn and Beulah arrived from the Philippines to become the new pastor of AFBC. AFBC purchased a property in Southeast Portland in 1988 and built a worship center. They started meeting in the new building in 1989. Pastor Agapito served AFCC for seventeen years. Several small groups were formed, meeting daily to study and learn the word of God. Also during these years, Ruel Navarro, one of AFBC’s elders was sent off to start another Filipino church in the Portland Westside area. The Word of Grace International Church was born, AFBC’s daughter church. Pastor Ruel started the radio program called “Binhi ng Buhay”. Filipinos all over Portland and Vancouver area were able to tune in and listen to bible messages and Christian music in Tagalog. Pastor Ruel is now pastoring a church in Chesapeake, Virginia with wife Eve.

  • Moses Cuaresma was AFBC’s associate Pastor during Pastor Pit’s time. Leading the youth and assisting in the worship team. Now living and pastoring a church in Seattle with wife Istie.

  • Pastor Bernie was AFCC’s pastor from Early 2004 until January 2010. He was energetic and helped revitalize the church. He started a well-attended Monday night Tagalog bible study.

  • Pastor Doug became AFCC’s pastor in April 2010. A true leader and a true servant. Because of his leadership, the church has grown not only numerically but spiritually as well. He started a G-Men (which stands for Godly Men) group and trained godly men to be true leaders in both the church and in their own respective homes. In ten years with Pastor Doug, many came to know and followed Jesus Christ in water baptism. With Pastor Doug’s leadership, the church has started to be more involved with local community events, such as cleaning school property, annual prayer walk which involves picking up garbage along Stark Street, assisted hosting movie nights at a nearby park during summer. During Pastor Doug’s tenure with AFCC, a new building emerged in the property. With his and G-Men’s leadership, the church was able to build the Hope Activity Center with four Sunday School classrooms for preschoolers up to the high schoolers; and a huge fellowship area for church goers to enjoy Filipino food after Sunday service.

The AFCC Executive Leadership Team  ( ELT )
2 0 1 9

Andre' Harris

Chairman

Patrick Berry

Member

Rowena Muyuela-Papasadero

Treasurer/Comptroller

Roy Smith

Member

Pastor Doug Hiebenthal

Spiritual Adviser and Member



The AFCC Executive Leadership Team  ( ELT )
2 0 1 8

Andre' Harris

Chairman

Patrick Berry

Member

Sonny Aguinaldo

Member

Rowena Muyuela-Papasadero

Treasurer/Comptroller

Roy Smith

Member

Pastor Doug Hiebenthal

Spiritual Adviser and Member



The AFCC Executive Leadership Team  ( ELT )
2 0 1 6 & 2 0 1 7

Andre' Harris

Member

Patrick Berry

Member

Rowena Muyuela-Papasadero

Treasurer/Comptroller

Sonny Aguinaldo

Chairman

Steve Hutchinson

Member

Pastor Doug Hiebenthal

Spiritual Adviser and Member



The AFCC Executive Leadership Team  ( ELT )
2 0 1 5

Andre' Harris

Chairman

Patrick Berry

Member

Rowena Muyuela-Papasadero

Treasurer/Comptroller

Sonny Aguinaldo

Member

Steve Hutchinson

Member

Pastor Doug Hiebenthal

Spiritual Adviser and Member



The AFCC Executive Leadership Team  ( ELT )
2 0 1 4

Andre' Harris

Chairman

Sonny Aguinaldo

Member

Rowena Muyuela-Papasadero

Treasurer/Comptroller

Regina Farah

Member

Patrick Berry

Member

Steve Hutchinson

Member

Pastor Doug Hiebenthal

Spiritual Adviser and Member



The AFCC Executive Leadership Team  ( ELT )
2 0 1 3

Patrick Berry

Chairman

Sonny Aguinaldo

Member

Rowena Muyuela-Papasadero

Treasurer/Comptroller

Regina Farah

Member

Gray Johnson

Member

Andre' Harris

Member

Steve Hutchinson

Member

Pastor Doug Hiebenthal

Spiritual Adviser and Member



The AFCC Executive Leadership Team  ( ELT )
2 0 1 2

Patrick Berry

Chairman

Amy Aguinaldo

Member

Rowena Muyuela-Papasadero

Treasurer/Comptroller

Gray Johnson

Member

Rafael Grytz

Member

Steve Hutchinson

Member

Pastor Doug Hiebenthal

Spiritual Adviser and Member



The AFCC Executive Leadership Team  ( ELT )
2 0 1 1

Patrick Berry

Chairman

Sonny Aguinaldo

Member

Rowena Muyuela-Papasadero

Treasurer/Comptroller

Regina Farah

Member

Gray Johnson

Member

Andre' Harris

Member

Pastor Doug Hiebenthal

Spiritual Adviser and Member



The AFCC Pastors

Pastor Doug Hiebenthal

2010-2020

Pastor Bernie Bernardo

2004-2010

Pastor Agapito Bernardo

1988-2005

Pastor Carlos San Luis

1987-1988



The AFCC G-MEN Worship Team

Andy Thomas

Vocal/Guitar/Team Coordinator/Piano Interlude

Patrick Berry

Vocal 1

Andre' Harris

Vocal 2

Troy Brighouse

Drums



The AFCC WINgs worship team

Rosa Berry

Vocal 1

Maurin Brighouse

Vocal 2

Gloria Cadatal

Vocal 3

Marita Hutchinson

Vocal 4

Finalyn Tierra

Vocal 5

Rechie Mangalindan

Vocal 6



The AFCC YOUTH worship team

Allysa Gonzales

Team Coordinator/Guitar/Keyboard

Alexia Gonzales

Bass Guitar/Vocal 1

Rachel Brighouse

Percussion/Vocal 2

Loucel Candamo

Vocal 3

Isabelle Brighouse

Vocal 4

Mark Candamo

Acoustic Guitar



POWERPOINT/SOUND/LIGHTS TECHNICIAN

Mark and Eunice De Vera



HYMNAL PIANO INTERLUDE