With profound sorrow and hearts full of memories, we bid farewell to a remarkable man of faith, Rev. John Invidiado Sr., who peacefully joined our Creator on July 31, 2023, at the age of 87. He has left an indelible mark on the lives of many and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Born in Dumangas, Iloilo, on May 6, 1936, Rev. John Invidiado Sr. encountered a life-changing moment on June 14, 1956, when he accepted Jesus into his heart in Banaba. He pursued his calling with dedication and excellence, graduating from MAABI in 1966 and embarking on a journey that would shape the lives of countless individuals.
From his early days as an intern pastor in Cabidianan, Nabunturan, to partnering with Rev. Jacob Bow in evangelistic crusades, Rev. Invidiado’s unwavering commitment to spreading God’s love touched many communities. As a resident pastor in Lamian, Surallah, he demonstrated his passion for serving others through his ministry.
Throughout his life, Rev. Invidiado was a pioneer worker, fearlessly establishing Sarayan Alliance Church in Arakan and playing pivotal roles in founding New Corella Alliance Church, Limbaan Alliance Church, San Juan Alliance Church, and Macgum Alliance Church. His dedication to church planting led to the establishment of nine churches, each a testament to his profound faith and tireless efforts.
Beyond his ministerial pursuits, Rev. Invidiado served as the Assistant DS of EAST MINDANAO District and made history as the first DMS of North Eastern Mindanao District. He was not only a spiritual leader but also a respected community figure, as evidenced by his role as the kapitan del barrio of Macgum, New Corella, in 1970.
Rev. Invidiado’s influence extended to various spheres, including being a commander in the CHDF and a successful businessman. He found fulfillment in serving the community, evident in his role as a Municipal Councilor of New Corella, Davao del Norte, and his dedicated service as LUPON chairman for 12 years.
His life journey was intertwined with that of his beloved wife, Lucy Dayaday Invidiado, who preceded him in joining the Lord on June 18, 2017. Together, they raised four loving children: the late Police Officer Jonathan Invidiado, Dr. Ruel Bong Invidiado (a pastor), John Invidiado Jr. (OFW), and Joyce Grace Invidiado-Alvarez (DepEd). Rev. Invidiado’s legacy extends to his nine grandchildren, who were a source of joy and pride in his later years.
At this time of grief, we find solace in knowing that Rev. John Invidiado Sr. has completed his earthly journey and is now reunited with his beloved wife and countless souls he touched with God’s grace. His compassion, wisdom, and faith will continue to inspire generations to come.
His life’s work has left an everlasting impact on the lives of many. We will forever cherish the memories of his profound love, unyielding dedication, and unwavering faith.