Elpidio Manangan remembered

Manila, Philippines

Retired Metro Manila district superintendent and pastor Elpidio Manangan passed away 6 April after a battle with cancer. He was 68 years old.

Elpidio married his wife, Adelina, in 1981, and they had two children, Jim and Naomi. After Elpidio graduated from Philippines Nazarene College, he pastored the Don Benito and Pines City Nazarene churches. 

In November 1983, Elpidio was one of the first three full-time students enrolled at Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary, and in 1986, he became the pastor of the Muntinlupa Church of the Nazarene in Metro Manila. In 1988, Elpidio graduated from APNTS with a Master of Divinity degree alongside his wife, who graduated with a Master of Arts in Religious Education.  

In 2000, Elpidio was elected superintendent of the Metro Manila District. Later, he became the pastor of the Central Church of the Nazarene in Cubao, Quezon City, eventually transitioning to pastor the Balacag Church of the Nazarene at Pozzorobio, Pangasinan. 

In January 2018, Elpidio stepped down from his pastor position at the Balacag church when his poor health prompted his retirement. 

“He was one of the pioneers of the Metro Manila District, and a true Nazarene in every way,” said Floyd Cunningham, APNTS president emeritus and founding faculty member of APNTS. “He was a solid, dependable, hearty leader with an open, humble, and teachable spirit. I was privileged to have been his teacher.”

Elpidio is survived by his wife, their two children, and one grandchild.

Prayer is requested for the Manangan family.

--Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary via NCN News submissions

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