PCM IS A THEOLOGICAL INSTITUTION OF EXCELLENCE PRODUCING SERVANT LEADERS TRANSFORMING COMMUNITIES, NATIONS AND THE WORLD.
"PCM EXISTS TO PRODUCE SERVANT LEADERS BY HOLISTIC TRAINING THAT ESTABLISHES BIBLICAL CONVICTIONS AND CHRIST-LIKE CHARACTER, ENHANCES COMMITMENT AND ELEVATES MINISTRY COMPETENCE FOR THE GLORY OF GOD."
1. THE LORDSHIP OF CHRIST.
2. THE SCRIPTURE AS THE SOLE AUTHORITY OF FAITH AND PRACTICE. (CONVICTION)
3. THE GREAT COMMISSION OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. (COMMITMENT)
4. THEOLOGICAL TRAINING. (COMPETENCE)
5. CHRISTIAN CHARACTER. (CHARACTER)
The goal to be recognized by the government has now come to reality. The Philippine Government, through Commission on Higher Education (CHED), has granted PCM a 2-year permit to operate last 2013. After two years of monitoring and evaluation, the college has complied all the requirements necessary for recognition. In 2015, Philippine College of Ministry received its Government Recognition No. 03, series of 2015. This is another milestone for PCM in its commitment towards development and excellence.
Degrees and Curriculum
Degree programs at Philippine College of Ministry include:
- The Bachelor of Arts in Theology- a four-year degree program training church workers for Christian ministry in any location. This 174 unit program provides Bible foundations and allows the student to be equipped in Christian Ministry, Christian Education or Music and provides practical training for ministries of preaching, teaching, youth ministries, and children's ministries.
- The Bachelor of Arts program is also designed to prepare men and women for further training on the graduate level. Philippine College of Ministry is a partner in the MBS Graduate School in Manila, which offers the Master of Ministry degree.
- The K to 12 Program--the educational system in the Philippines is undergoing a major transition. There will be additional two years for the basic education department, the so-called Senior High School. All tertiary schools in the country are affected by this educational ammendment. Now, the Department of Education (DepED) has granted PCM a Permit to operate Senior High School Program with Government Permit (DepED-CAR) No. SHS - P - 0041, s. 2015. The Senior High School program will be conducted under Academic Track: General Academic Strand (GAs). This will prepare the students in pursuing a higher education program that PCM can offer.
Our faculty is comprised of about half Filipinos and half American missionaries. Each faculty member is expected to be an expert in his or her field of instruction, and each faculty member is expected to continually be adding to and updating his or her education. If they have a Bachelor's degree, PCM will help them get their Master's degree. If they have their Master's degree, PCM encourages them to get their doctorate. Once they have their doctorate, they are expected to be constantly reading and writing-learning from and contributing to journals, periodicals, and books.
The PCM library offers students more than 16,000 books for their use in research. Our library has space for 20,000 volumes, and we are actively increasing the number of books.
Our computer lab has fifteen computers for the student's use (Mac Minis). In their first year at PCM, all students must take computer courses where they learn how to type and learn basic computer programs, such as Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.
PCM is located in beautiful, cool Baguio City. Our new campus is on the side of a majestic mountain valley with beautiful views. It is a very spacious and comfortable campus with men's and women's dormitories, a library building, classroom building, kitchen, offices, and a chapel. There is also generous open space, a full-sized basketball court, and plans for a weight room.
Our students come from all over the Philippines. In the 2006-2007 academic year, we had students from Baguio City, Pangasinan, Isabella, Nueva Ecija, Abra, Cagayan, Metro Manila, Cotabato City, and the country of Myanmar. PCM has also trained students from Korea and the United States. PCM has a total of 52 students this year, which gives us a 8.6 to 1 student/professor ratio. That means a lot of individual attention and thus a better education.
PCM alumni are serving Christ. More than 95% of our graduates are serving in local churches and para-church ministries as pastors, teachers, leaders, campus ministers, church planters, and college administrators. One alumnus is serving as a missionary to another Southeast Asian nation.
In 1991, the missionaries of Philippine Christian Mission Baguio Team began plans for establishing a Bible college in Baguio City. The team had discovered that there were not enough trained Filipino leaders for the churches being established in the western cordillera mountains of Northern Luzon.
Dennis McKinney invited Samson Lubag to conduct a feasibility study for the college. The idea of a new college was promoted during the 1991 National Convention of the Churches of Christ in the Philippines. It was decided that the college would focus its efforts on training pastors for ministry in local churches. This led to the choice of a name for the college: Philippine College of Ministry (PCM).
On June 12, 1992, PCM was opened in a three-story building at 140 T. Alonzo St., Baguio City. There were twelve students (eight full-time, four part-time). The faculty consisted of Samson Lubag and five American missionaries. The first floor of the building held the Business Office, the second floor served as the dormitory, and the third floor held the library and classroom. The furniture and equipment consisted of a piano, three manual typewriters, a large chalkboard, and a ping pong table with benches for the classroom.
The first attempt at establishing a Board of Trustees was unsuccessful, so the college was governed by President Samson Lubag and missionaries Dennis McKinney and Mike Carman, who also served as the first Academic Dean. In 1993, PCM was accredited by the now-defunct International Theological Accreditation Center.
In 1994, the college moved to its present location in Camp 7, Kennon Road, the former Ruff Hause Hotel, about five kilometers from the center of Baguio. The new building afforded relatively spacious accommodations for classes, dormitories, and office space. Within a few years, however, it was clear that PCM would soon outgrow the Camp 7 campus as well.
In 1997, Dennis McKinney and Samson Lubag invited Dr. James Huckaba and his wife, Linda, to join the college effort. They arrived in Baguio in September of 1998. Dr. Huckaba began serving as Academic Dean and professor of Greek and Homiletics. Linda has been the PCM Business Administrator, Registrar, and part-time Instructor since their arrival.
On December 21, 1999, PCM founder Dennis McKinney died. Hundreds of people came from all over the Philippines and America to honor his life and mourn his death. Dennis' widow, Lorrita McKinney, established the Dennis McKinney Memorial Building Fund with the goal of raising enough money to purchase land for a permanent campus. This goal was foremost in Dennis' heart when he died. $140,000USD was given in memory of Dennis and the search for land began.
In December of 2002, PCM purchased 7,500 square meters of land in LamTang, La Trinidad. Construction began in September of 2004 and in July of 2005 the new campus was occupied for the beginning of the new academic year. The new campus has spacious classroom and dormitory space for up to 80 students.
Other significant milestones in the history of Philippine College of Ministry include: 1994-95, enrollment of twenty-four; 1996-97, enrollment of twenty eight; 1998-99, enrollment of forty-four; October, 1998, standardization of degree programs; December, 1998, first official catalog; January, 1999, major expansion of the library; March, 1999, Alumni Association established; June, 1999, Music concentration added; June, 1999, computer lab and courses added; November 1999, registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC); November, 1999, recognition as a college by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED); November, 1999, 2000-01, enrollment of 58; Board of Trustees established; December, 2000, recognition by the Association for Theological Education in South East Asia (ATESEA); cafeteria and meal program added, June, 2001; occupation of the new campus in Lamtang, La Trinidad, July, 2005.
The dedicated efforts of Filipino and American Christians have been used by God to establish a fine institution of higher education in Baguio City. Enrollment during the 2010-2011 academic year was 47. The library has more than 7,000 titles and six computers for student use. Six degree programs, Bachelors of Arts and Bachelors of Science in Christian Ministry, Christian Education, and Music, prepare PCM graduates for the real world of life, ministry, and service in God's Kingdom .
PCM is constantly growing and improving, but the mission remains the same: "Philippine College of Ministry serves the church in fulfilling the Great Commission by training Christians to be servant leaders who effectively communicate God's Word in faith and practice for the growth of Christ's church and for his glory."