I was born and raised in Bakersfield, California under the unique and legendary Pastor I.H. Terry. Early ministry experience was in the local church and began by preaching in children's church and to the youth group. Married to Judy in 1972, we began full time ministry in the summer of 1975 by travelling from church to church to conduct special evangelistic services.
After two years as an itinerant preacher, we assumed the pastorate of Truth Church in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 1977 where I still serve as Senior Pastor, assisted by a remarkable leadership team.
In addition to my pastoral responsibilities, I was founder and superintendent of an accredited Christian School for over two decades. My wide experience in official organizational capacities in Alberta and Saskatchewan includes such positions as Editor, Youth President, Home Missions Director, District Secretary and District Superintendent. I was one of the longest serving members of the UPCI general board (23 years), a founding director of the UPC of Canada and founding executive chairman of the Worldwide Pentecostal Fellowship, Inc. Philippines.
Truth Church has joined with me in a global ministry. I have travelled and ministered extensively worldwide, including nations throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, North, South and Central America, the Pacific and the Caribbean. I have preached and taught in camp meetings, conferences, minister’s seminars, retreats and local churches. I currently serve as Chairman of the Worldwide Pentecostal Fellowship (WPF) Global Missions Council, and Honorary Chairman of the WPF Inc. in the Philippines. I am an adjunct professor at the Apostolic School of Theology of Hope International University and a member of the Executive Council of the Worldwide Pentecostal Fellowship.
I received my Master of Arts degree from Apostolic School of Theology at Hope International University and am currently in the midst of a research PhD with the University of Birmingham, UK under the direction of Allan Anderson. My wife and I have three grown children and three grandchildren.
Oneness Pentecostalism is a segment of the overall Pentecostal and Charismatic movement that possibly makes up one tenth of the whole. Oneness Pentecostalism is only now beginning to be examined and presented in scholarly works. Though there is a large contingent of Oneness Pentecostals in the Philippines, dating from nineteen-fifty-seven, there is, to date, no scholarly treatment of Oneness Pentecostalism in that country.
This thesis will present the origins, development and current state of Oneness Pentecostalism in the Philippines. It will attempt to trace the migration into Oneness Pentecostalism from other religious movements. It will examine the interconnectivity of the Oneness Pentecostal groups within the Philippines as well as their interconnectivity with other religious groups. The thesis will attempt to show that the majority of leaders and members within the Oneness Pentecostal movement within the Philippines migrated from other religious groups and ask the question, “Why?” It will look at the influence of culture and history in the Philippines upon Oneness Pentecostalism. It will credit the contributions of indigenous Filipinos to the movement and take a close look at the autochthonous groups within the movement. It will also examine the Filipino Diaspora around the world and their involvement in the spread of the Oneness Pentecostal movement.