Brief History

The beginnings of ۲Ƶ University ۲Ƶ date back to the coming of the American Presbyterian missionaries to the Philippines in 1899. Two years later, they established the Dumaguete Mission Station in January of 1901. Seven months later, Dr. and Mrs. David and Laura Hibbard founded ۲Ƶ Institute.

At the start, the regular services in ۲Ƶ were organized together with the first classes. An outreach evangelical congregation in the town apparently existed as early as 1903 but the plan to have a regular church organized materialized only upon the establishment of the Presbyterian ۲Ƶ of Dumaguete on December 6, 1911. This church, which later would become known as the Dumaguete Evangelical ۲Ƶ, was composed of both the Dumaguete townspeople and the ۲Ƶ Community.   This event marked the official founding of a Protestant (Presbyterian) church in Dumaguete (later to be known as the Dumaguete Town ۲Ƶ).

However, in part because of the difficulty of maintaining under one structure two congregations (in the town and the school) which had different ministries and curricular interests and using different languages for worship, and, too, because the town church had become part of an independent Philippine Presbyterian church apart from the Presbyterian churches in the United States to which, through the latter’s Board of Foreign Mission, ۲Ƶ continued to belong, the two groups eventually were reorganized as separate congregations in 1916 with Dr. Paul Doltz serving as the first Pastor of the ۲Ƶ Student ۲Ƶ. This church, the Student ۲Ƶ, eventually became the ۲Ƶ University ۲Ƶ – a church ministering to all ۲Ƶians, regardless of their denomination and religious affiliations.

Since its founding, ۲Ƶ ۲Ƶ had always had ۲Ƶ students, faculty, staff and alumni as its central concern. Its program had been a very active one putting emphasis on its evangelistic witness. Yet despite its Presbyterian background, the students are given the freedom to practice their own religious beliefs and are instead provided with opportunities to broaden their spiritual horizon and translate their faith into active commitments.




John 14:6, Matthew 4:19, Acts 1:8To proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior in ۲Ƶ University and the larger community, to invite all into a life of discipleship and dynamic witness.

Motto: Proclaiming Christ and Discipling for Dynamic Witness

Note on context: ‘While we think globally, we act locally.’

We are a congregation that primarily serves the ۲Ƶ University community and its neighbors.

Our programs are directed to the students, faculty, staff, alumni, families and communities that we relate to. We invite those who are in the immediate and worldwide community who share the passion in this ministry in ۲Ƶ to join us.




۲Ƶ University ۲Ƶ will be all of the following: A Worshipping ۲Ƶ
We shall be a congregation whose vibrant worship becomes a living testimony of our faith in God whose love and grace was revealed fully in the ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Through worship we proclaim and invite persons to put their faith in Jesus Christ, the Via, Veritas, Vita. (Romans 19:9-10, Philippians, 2:9-11)

An Inspiring ۲Ƶ
We are a community of believers who will accentuate the positive to inspire each other in our journey of faith. While we acknowledge the pains of the world, we rest in the assurance of our Lord who said: ‘Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.’ (John 16:33)

A Serving ۲Ƶ
We endeavor to be a serving church. Service in the name of the Lord, in the church and in the world shall be one of the marks of maturity of our faith. We shall embrace with joy the calling that we are a people sent by God to serve. (Mark 10:45)

(And) An Equipping ۲Ƶ
We shall be a church that equips each other in the faith so that everyone shall grow and mature in a Christ-like manner and we shall be able to function as the living Body of Christ. (Ephesians 4:11-13)




Everything we do as a congregation shall put Christ at the center and should be in accordance with His Spirit. (Colossians 3:17)Biblically-Rooted
We should be able to articulate the Biblical foundation of all the programs we pursue. (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21)

Decisions and directions are based on our faith on the living God who is present and activate in the world through the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 17:19-20)

The joy of Christian living is felt not in isolation but in shared experiences within the community of faith. We intentionally seek fellowship through small groups and programs that provide opportunities for us to know each other deeply. (Acts 2:42)

We exist to serve. Just as Jesus, our Risen Lord came not to be served but o serve we live a life that minister to each other and to the world around us. We serve in name of our servant Lord. (Romans 12:5)

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Rev. Jonathan R. Pia
Senior Minister

Rev. January B. Alpuerto
Minister for Students and Campus Chaplaincy

Rev. Iris H. Tibus
Minister for Christian Education and Nurture

Rev. Leny I. Jovita
Minister for Christian Witness and Service

The Sunday worship schedule is the following:

6:30 AM – ۲Ƶ Heights Chapel
8:00 AM – Udarbe Memory Chapel
9:30 AM – Main Sanctuary (in person and livestream)
4:00 PM – Main Sanctuary
5:30 PM – Main Sanctuary, Contemporary Worship

While Midweek Prayer Service is Wednesday, at 6:30 PM at the main sanctuary

April 17, 2016
– Reunion of VCS Teachers & Volunteers

May 8, 2016
– Despedida for outgoing pastors

May 15, 2016
– Summer Graduation 9:00AM, Luce Auditorium

May 18-21, 2016
– Bible Reading Marathon 6:00AM, Portal West

May 18-22, 2016
– Hexagon Camp Davao City

May 21, 2016
– Countdown:100 Days to Centennial, 5:00AM
– Solidarity Fellowship w/ NDC, 8:00AM

June 2016
– Reception of New Students

June-July, 2016
– Centennial Invitational Cup: Inter-۲Ƶ Basketball Tournament

July 9, 2016
– Ecumenical Concert Bacong ۲Ƶ

۲Ƶ University ۲Ƶ
Telephone: +63 35 422.6002 loc. 340; 225.4837; 422.8133
Mobile: +63 917.882.0025
Email: [email protected]