Meet the Man of God
Our Pastor according to God's Heart
Dr. Ed Laurena is the fourth generation son “in the faith” of Dr. Lee Roberson. He trusted Jesus Christ as his Saviour in November of 1970 as a fifteen-year old youngster who was convicted of his sins while listening to a preaching during one Sunday afternoon service. Immediately after his salvation, he studied in the Baptist Bible College in Legaspi, Albay where he was called by God in the ministry. He graduated in 1976.
Having gone through several God-ordained encounters that have led him to God’s perfect will, away from the clutches of his notorious gang, Ed Laurena committed himself to God and knew early on that his life will be that of servitude to the Lord’s vineyard. He then became an active and aggressive soulwinner. While attending Baptist Bible College in Legazpi City, he founded and pastored a work in Camalig, Albay.
In 1979, the Lord led him to start a new mission work in San Pedro, Laguna. Through his faith in God and diligence in God’s work, his humble beginnings as a missionary pastor have been marvelously blessed by the Lord. With his Spirit-filled servant-leadership, the Christian Bible Baptist Church (CBBC) in San Pedro, Laguna, has grown from its handful attendance of forty-two to become one of the largest independent Baptist churches in the country. Indeed, many lives have been touched and changed by the ministries of CBBC. Until now, mission works and outreaches are continuously being established and the Great Commission is being accomplished.
In 1997, Pastor Laurena was conferred the Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy in Bible by Landmark Baptist College in Haines City, Florida. In 2001, Crown College in Powell, Tennessee honored him with Doctorate of Divinity and then in 2002, Hyles-Anderson College in Crown Point, Indiana awarded him with Doctorate of Humanities.
A man of vision and passion for the lives of people, Dr. Laurena constantly emphasizes that missions is the heartbeat of the church, that soulwinning is its life. He has a deep love for the Church and dreams one day of a Baptist City. He looks forward to accomplishing the sending out of 1000 Baptist preachers across the globe to start Mission works and outreaches.
Under Dr. Ed Laurena’s pastorship, the Church weekly engages in an organized program of divided Sunday School activities, soulwinning and discipleship endeavors, student ministries, jeepney ministry, and moral recovery pursuits.
To this day, Dr. Ed, together with his wife Ma’am Del have been happily married for 37 years and are together serving the Lord in this Church. The heritage of Biblical servitude is evidently handed down as their four children Mishael, Meljun, Lois Anica and Matthew Ed are with them deployed in various church ministries. Mishael, the eldest, is serving as the music coordinator of CBBC and faculty staff of the Bible College (BHBC). She is now married and is a mother to a toddler named Jeremiah Ed and 1 year old Jemimah Del. Her husband, Jess Sibug, is also serving as a full-time staff of the church and a faculty staff of the Bible College. Meljun, the Executive Vice President of BHBC, is also a teacher and faithfully ministering as an Area Leader. Lois Anica, a graduate of West Coast Baptist College in Lancaster, California is a full-time staff involved in the Christian Academy and Music Ministry. Matthew Ed, the youngest, is a High School student in the Christian Bible Baptist Academy and is active in the Church Rondalla.
Dr. Ed Laurena, with the support of his family, is a living demonstration of what the Lord can do to a man yielded to Him.