Shaping Up in the -----Earlier Days...and to the Present...


The AFCC Church 1988-2017...


The American Filipino Baptist Church in Portland was welcomed into the Columbia Baptist Conference at the 1988 C.B.C. annual meeting along with two other                       churches in the Lower Columbia.

The American Filipino Church began because of the vision of Carlos San Luis to plant 20 Filipino Conference Baptist churches by the year 2000. Pastor Luis personally planted two Filipino churches in Vancouver, B.C. and one in Seattle before he planted                          the new church in Portland.

In July a team of 30 Filipinos from Vancouver, B.C., came with their pastor Luis Pantoja to help in the Portland ministry. There were 30 professions of faith from the 150 visits the team made. About 70 attended the closing rally. A kick-off service for the new congregation was held August 30 at Temple Baptist Church with John Hoeldtke as the speaker. Attendance was 80 including interested Conference Baptists. When the new Filipino church held its own first regular service there were 20 present, but within six months the attendance grew to 50 average and a high of 70.

The church was organized October 25, 1987, with 23 charter members. The recognition council met January 16. John A. Anderson was chairman. Public recognition celebration followed on February 7, with John Hoeldtke as the speaker. Temple Baptist Church provided space in its facilities for the Filipino church a for a period of three years. Around this time the Filipino church found some property in SE Portland and on November 27, 1988, the Filipino congregation had a ground breaking ceremony with Pastor Steve Roy of Temple. They are a delightful congregation that express their Love not with Words, but with Actions and Truth. When they purchased the property for the church, it had an extra property lot with it. After some time, they sold the extra lot and paid off the remainder of the mortgage. The church at this time is debt free.(*) 

 Agapito Bernardo, his wife Linda and daughters Alyn and Beulah arrived October 13, 1988, from the Philippines to be pastor of the Portland congregation until 2004.

   From the Philippines, following the footsteps of his uncle-then incumbent pastor, Bernie Bernardo became the pastor from 2004-2010.

       In January 2010, Doug Hiebenthal, his wife Charlene joined the AFCC and became the first american pastor in the church history.  Being a pastor from 500+ congregation down to less than 100 member’s diversified congregation may not be a challenge at first but God have some other plans to expand His Kingdom. In result, Pastor Doug led the AFCC congregation in both leadership and building the Hope Activity Center (HAC) with the support of the G-Men (Godly Men) Leadership, the WiNGS (Women in God's Service Ministry) and The Hard Hats for Christ. By God’s grace and provisions, the Hope Activity Center building was completed and the loan that was proposed and has been approved to finance in concluding the project is to be returned back to the lender. The actual definition of the church as the body of Christ (ICorinthians12:12-26) is clearly a presence in this congregation.

(*)-- This account, with the exception of a few sentences was excerpt from John Bergeson's book "Fourth Quarter."

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The AFCC Executive Leadership Team  ( ELT )

2 0 1 7

Andre' Harris------------------------member 

Patrick Berry-------------------------member

Sonny Aguinaldo-------------------chairman Rowena Muyuela----treasurer/comptroller

Steve Hutchinson-------------------member

Pastor Doug Hiebenthal---spiritual adviser and member

...and the...

The AFCC Executive Leadership Team  ( ELT )

2 0 1 6

Andre' Harris------------------------member

Patrick Berry-------------------------member

Rowena Muyuela----treasurer/comptroller

Sonny Aguinaldo-------------------chairman

Steve Hutchinson-------------------member

Pastor Doug Hiebenthal---spiritual adviser and member


The AFCC Executive Leadership Team  ( ELT )

2 0 1 5

Andre' Harris------------------------chairman

Patrick Berry-------------------------member

Rowena Muyuela----treasurer/comptroller

Sonny Aguinaldo--------------------member

Steve Hutchinson-------------------member

Pastor Doug Hiebenthal---spiritual adviser and member


The AFCC Executive Leadership Team  ( ELT )

2 0 1 4

Andre' Harris------------------------chairman

SonnyAguinaldo---------------------member

Rowena Muyuela----treasurer/comptroller

Regina Farah------------------------member

Patrick Berry-------------------------member

Steve Hutchinson-------------------member

Pastor Doug Hiebenthal---spiritual adviser and member


The AFCC Executive Leadership Team  ( ELT )

2 0 1 3

Patrick Berry------------------------chairman

SonnyAguinaldo---------------------member

Rowena Muyuela----treasurer/comptroller

Regina Farah------------------------member

Gary Johnson------------------------member

Andre' Harris------------------------member

Steve Hutchinson-------------------member

Pastor Doug Hiebenthal---spiritual adviser and member


The AFCC Executive Leadership Team  ( ELT )

2 0 1 2

Patrick Berry-----------------------chairman

Amy Aguinaldo----------------------member

Rowena Muyuela----treasurer/comptroller

Gary Johnson------------------------member

Rafael Grytz-------------------------member

Steve Hutchinson-------------------member

Pastor Doug Hiebenthal---spiritual adviser and member

The AFCC Executive Leadership Team  ( ELT )

2 0 1 1

Patrick Berry-----------------------chairman

Sonny Aguinaldo--------------------member

Rowena Muyuela----treasurer/comptroller

Regina Farah------------------------member

Gary Johnson------------------------member

Andre' Harris-------------------------member

Pastor Doug Hiebenthal---spiritual adviser and member

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The AFCC Pastors

...Present and the Past...

Pastor Doug Hiebenthal----2010--present

Pastor Bernie Bernardo---------2004-2010

Pastor Agapito Bernardo-------1988-2005

Pastor Luis Pantoja-------------1987-1988

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The AFCC Worship Team Leaders

...Present and the Past...

Amy & Sonny Aguinaldo

(2006--present)

and from 1990s to 2004 in alphabetical order....

Victor Antonio

Mike Garcia

Vern Harrington

Ed Miranda

Lysander Nerida(2004-2007)

Don Neill

Mark Padaca