Iglesia Ni Cristo, Church Of Christ Executive Minister Visits for Dedication Ceremonies
(FEB. 18, 2016) – International religious entity Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC or Church of Christ) will inaugurate five new chapels in North America starting Saturday, Feb. 20 in Bakersfield, California, as part of its continuing expansion program, in what it calls an “intensifying of the brethren’s faith in other parts of the world and a growing recognition of the unique character of this Christian Church.”
INC spokesperson Edwil Zabala announced that Executive Minister Eduardo V. Manalo is scheduled to visit and dedicate four chapels in the United States and one in Canada from February to March of this year.
“We are very excited, but perhaps not as much as the members themselves in the localities where the new houses of worship will be opened and offered,” Zabala said. “Our brethren in North America have been requesting for these chapels for some time now and we are glad that with the INC leadership’s guidance, we are finally doing it.”
The Bakersfield house of worship at 2825 Mt. Vernon Avenue was purchased in October 2010. The 200-capacity edifice became a new home for members of the Church Of Christ who would rent space in nearby halls to worship twice a week, and before then would to travel to other INC congregations in Delano and outside of Kern County.
The newly renovated and soon-to-be dedicated chapel will continue to open its doors to the community. It is one of 49 local congregations in the Southwest region of the U.S., encompassing Southern California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah and into Mexico and Central America.
The five new chapels to be dedicated are spread geographically all over the continental US, from the West Coast to the East Coast.
In addition to the worship building in Bakersfield, Calif., Executive Minister Eduardo V. Manalo will inaugurate approximately 300-seating capacity edifices in Jersey City, New Jersey; Orange Park, Florida; and Lubbock, Texas. The Texas house of worship is the largest, with a 484-seating capacity for the main worship hall and another 150 people for the function hall.
One to also be opened in Regina, Canada, seats 250 in the main hall and 100 in its function hall.
“We expect to have more new church blessings in other parts of the world in the coming months. The INC has continued to enjoy the blessings of a re-energized and re-invigorated church under the able leadership of Executive Minister Bro. Eduardo V. Manalo.”
1,277 houses of worship of the INC have been built and dedicated since 2010, 615 of which are outside of the Philippines. In 2016 alone, there have been 83 built or currently in the process of being completed.