Rev. Reynaldo A. Calusay and Rev. Zenaida M. Calusay
Reynaldo Aguilar Calusay was born on November 10, 1950 in Legaspi City, Albay. He is the firstborn among thirteen children and thus learned responsibility early in life. As a young man, he worked to be able to get an education. While pursuing a degree in Bachelor of Science in Commerce, majoring in Accounting; he was attracted to the communistic propaganda to champion the cause of the poor and soon became deeply involved in activism. He was apprehended when martial law was declared in 1973 but was soon given amnesty and a job by the government.
However, he observed that both the poor he tried to fight for and the rich that he tried to fight against with are equally guilty of greed, jealousy, corruption and sin. He started to think there must be a better cause for which he can give his life. In the same year he was born again and received God’s call to full time ministry.
Eager to serve God, he started to teach little children in outstations and Sunday school. Ecventally he resigned from his job to study in Immanuel Bible College and finished Bachelor in Christian Ministries, magna cum laude. After finishing Bible college in 1978 , he was invited to pastor First Assembly in Roxas City, Capiz. God sent him a helpmate in the person of Zenaida Magbanua, an equally passionate servant of the Lord.
In 1986, Pastor Rey challenged and mobilized the then handful members of his church to fill Roxas City with the doctrine of Christ. The vision grew to reach the neighboring towns, then the next provinces and islands of the Philippines. This became a way of life of the church: every summer, ordinary church members: young people, professionals, fathers, mothers volunteer to be trained and sent to plant churches in different target places.
Last April, 2006 he was elected as the new General Superintendent of the AoG Philippines. For a man whose heart and passion is church planting, he saw it as a God-given opportunity to lead the AoG Philippines in expanding the kingdom of God through church planting. Last May 14, 2009, he was re-elected to serve a second term. He called the AoG Philippines constituency of more than 4000 plus churches to focus on the `OneJob’ of church planting and missions and reechoed his campaign to empower the local churches to accomplish this `OneJob’. Last April, 2012, he was again elected to serve a third term. His current campaign is `Saturation Challenge’ which is a vision to see an Assembly of God church planted in every city, town and barangay of the Philippines.
Zenaida Magbanua Calusay was born and grew in Iloilo City. She pursued college in the University of the Philippines in Iloilo, then in UP Diliman, Quezon City. When martial law was declared, she was forced to go home and transfer to Central Philippine University in Iloilo City. There she finished her degree in Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.
Because as a student her focus was on the field of science, she embraced the atheistic philosophy. Before finishing college, she developed a malignant cyst in her breast. She took the situation to challenge the reality of God by showing to her His power of healing. She testifies that God answered the call of an irreligious person like her by a healing miracle. That led her to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal Savior and Lord. That was last January, 1974. Eventually, she resigned her teaching job in the Chemistry Department in Central Philippine University to study in Immanuel Bible College in Cebu City. Since then, it has been, together with her husband, a life of commitment to the cause of Jesus Christ.
Rey and Zenaida are gifted with three sons, named Jireh, Ben Judah and Joses. All three of their sons have embraced the values of their parents. They all have opted to be in full time ministry instead of taking secular jobs after having their college education. The eldest, Jireh with his wife Annah Belle and the youngest, Joses are in the pastoral team of FARM.Inc. Ben Judah is pastoring Eternity City Church, in Iloilo City. Jireh and Annah Belle have two sons named Jedidiah and Jethan. Ben Judah and his wife Mybelle has a daugther named Tehillah.