“I found my first love - Jesus,
His ministry, His church and everything He stands for.”
I am Celestino A. Valdez Jr. “Jun” for short. I am sixth of eight siblings. I was born on July 21, 1972 in Kabacan, Cotabato, Philippines.
As pastor’s kid, I grew up in a church and parsonage environment. I knew both the Sunday school and Divine Service in the United Methodist Church platforms. I thought I was already a Christian. Now I know that I was not one.
When you are in the area, come and say HELLO!
Maranatha Family Church - Kabacan
3rd Floor of WJM Lighthouse, Sunset Drive, Kabacan, Cotabato 9400
Pastor Jun & Janet Valdez
Celestino "Jun" Valdez, Jr.
I took my Ministerial Course at Anchor Bay College of Theological Studies in Kabacan, Cotabato, Philippines and my Bachelor of Theology at Davao Bible College, Philippines.
I was born again sometime in 1989 and started attending a born again church one year later. I was not able to finish my secular course because I lost my interest on it. I found my first love – Jesus, His ministry, His Church and everything He stands for. I finally understood what Christian calling is and committed to fulltime ministry at the age of sixteen. My first ministry in the church was worship leading and became a music director for more than ten years. Those long years taught me almost everything about church life. It was my training ground. I knew there was something more.
Janet and I met in our previous church; we both served that church for over ten years. We got married on January 27, 2001. We have been pastoring the Maranatha Family Church at Kabacan from 2005 to present.
When we needed a bigger or wider worship hall, God brought us to a new location, the third floor of a brand new building – WJM Lighthouse. The owner of this building allowed the church to use the third floor for free. Thank you, LORD!
Kabacan, North Cotabato