Pentecostal Pioneer: The Life and Legacy of Rudy Esperanza in the Early Years of the Assemblies of God in the Philippines
Rose Engcoy’s insightful study of the life and ministry of Rodrigo “Rudy” is a legitmate contribution to the historiography of the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement in the Philippines, about which so little has been done. Here, we some valuable insights into the life of one of the six Filipino pioneers of the Assemblies of God church in the Philippines. Esperanza began as a church planter and pastor and later also served as an educator and long-time senior executive in the Assemblies of God in the Philippines. He played a vital role in that church’s early success, which brought it to the forefront of the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement in his beloved homeland. Today, the number of Christians is multiplying in the Asia Pacific region and Pentecostals and Charismatics are in the vanguard of that growth.
Dynnice Rosanny Engcoy has a PhD in Church History from the Asia Graduate School of Theology and is currently the Registrar of ICI Global University Philippines and adjunct instructor in Church History at the Asia Pacific Theological Seminary in Baguio City, Philippines. She formerly served as the archivist at the Asia Pacific Research Center and has done oral history research on the beginnings of Pentecostal groups in the Philippines.
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