The Christian and Missionary Alliance Churches of the Philippines, Incorporated (CAMACOP) is one of the largest and fastest growing denominations in the Philippines today in terms of the number of local churches and constituents. It relentlessly proclaims the gospel of Jesus Christ as Savior, Sanctifier, Healer and Coming King, true to its commitment to the Great Commission: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
God’s inscrutable wisdom and grace are written all over the history and life of this religious Society. As we continue to grow and move forward, we encounter twists and turns. This makes our story unique. All its parts are so intricately interwoven – like a work of art – that anyone reading it cannot help but be awed by the indescribable wisdom, power, and sovereignty of its Grand Designer.
CAMACOP was born in 1947, a year after the Philippines became a Republic. Two years later, in 1949, it gained its legal personality as a religious Society after it was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
CAMACOP’s birth is attributed to the missionary work of the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) in the Philippines that started in 1901. Albert Benjamin (A.B.) Simpson founded “The Christian Alliance’ and “The Evangelical Missionary Alliance” in 1887 that merged 10 years later into what is now known as the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA). C&MA missionaries were sent to the Philippines to begin the arduous task of evangelizing unreached locals and planting the seed of the Gospel. They linked up with local church workers and expanded the missions work in the country until it was time to leave 100 years after. By then, CAMACOP could stand on its own and run its own affairs, by God’s grace.