Airport Road, Booy District, Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Philippines
STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES
The GRACE CHRISTIAN CHURCH is a non-denominational, evangelical, and doctrinal local church that teaches only the Word of GOD and believes that only the spiritual growth of individual believers can fulfill all the objectives of the Christian Way of Life and this growth can only be achieved thru the consistent intake of GOD’s Word in the believer’s soul. Grace Christian Church welcomes all diligent students of the Word of GOD and those seeking enlightenment in the spiritual issues of living.
The Grace Christian Church, a non-denominational, evangelical, doctrinal church started out as a Baptist pioneering work in Bohol in 1967 and was initially named as the Tagbilaran Baptist Church. In the mid-70’s, Dr. Nelson D. Rio, who was then the chairman of the Board of Deacons, started teaching doctrine in the church and his eldest son Nelson II started preaching in the pulpit for the Sunday Services. In 1981, the church became an autonomous, independent, and non-denominational local church when it separated from the Baptist.
Though small in number, the congregation continued in their bible studies and evangelism activities. The church building which is located across the airport terminal, in the district of Bo-oy, City of Tagbilaran has been the center of these activities. Bible studies were held every Friday evening on a once a week basis.
As the years went on, the congregation grew in number and on July 16, 1982 in a special congregational meeting, it was unanimously agreed to incorporate the local church in accordance with law so that a legal personality could be established. It was not until May 4, 1984 that the already completed Articles of Incorporation and the Constitution and By-laws of the Grace Christian Church was submitted in its final form to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for approval. By June 8, 1984 the Securities and Exchange Commission approved the registration of the Grace Christian Church and it became a juridical entity as “GRACE CHRISTIAN CHURCH-BOHOL, INC.” (GCCBI) under S.E.C Reg. No. 121032.
Meanwhile pioneering work went on outside Tagbilaran City and through the voluntary efforts of the members of the congregation, other local churches were established in the different towns of Bohol. Outreaches were also done in Mindanao and Cebu.
On December of 1987 the Grace Christian Church was officially registered as authorized to solemnize marriages in accordance with the Philippine law. Dr. Nelson D. Rio was officially ordained by an ordination council headed by Ralph La Rosa, Berachah Church missionary to the Philippines, and was officially designated by the Board of Deacons as the Pastor-Teacher of this local church ever since it became autonomous and independent in 1981. Bible classes were being held nightly then and was aired over a local radio station. His sons Nelson II and Robert were ordained as pastors on December 31, 1996. The Nelson D. Rio family was designated as indigenous missionaries by Berachah Church.
The church has adopted the Isogogical, Categorical, and Exegetical method of doctrinal teaching of Berachah Church in Houston, Texas as the means ‘for the equipping of the saints’, ‘so that the man of God may be mature and thoroughly furnished unto all good works.’ (Ephesians 4:12a; 2 Timothy 3:17)
When Dr. Nelson D. Rio passed on to Phase III on January 12, 2004, his son Nelson II was called by the Grace Christian Church to succeed as its Pastor-Teacher. Church bible classes continue to be heard over a local radio station, and over several radio stations in Mindanao and the Internet. Nelson T. Rio II has been expounding categorical doctrines in the local dialect in order to increase the perspicacity of the local students of the Word.
Upon confirmation in the year 2007 that the certificate of registration of the Grace Christian Church as Grace Christian Church-Bohol, Inc. was deemed dissolved by being revoked since the year 2003 by the Securities and Exchange Commission due to reportorial deficiencies, the Grace Christian Church administration under the leadership of Nelson T. Rio II decided to reapply for registration. After a series of tedious readings, revisions, refinements, the final draft of the new Articles of Incorporation and the Constitution and By-Laws were ratified by the congregation and submitted to SEC. On June 19, 2008, the reregistration of the Grace Christian Church was approved as “GRACE CHRISTIAN CHURCH-VISAYAS, INC.” (GCCVI) with SEC Reg. No. CN200828295.
On July 2008, the Grace Christian Church as Grace Christian Church-Visayas, Inc. under the incumbency of Nelson II as Pastor-Teacher, was given membership status as “GRACE CHRISTIAN CHURCH MINISTRIES” by Operation Grace World Missions (OGWM) in Houston, Texas.
Notwithstanding the decision to organize Grace Christian Church as Grace Christian Church-Visayas, Inc., a move to push through the reactivation of Grace Christian Church-Bohol, Inc. was initiated resulting in the lifting of the revocation order by the Securities and Exchange Commission on January 25, 2010 and the resumption of Grace Christian Church-Bohol, Inc. The two corporations belong to one and the same church (Order, RTC-Bohol Branch 2, Civil Case No. 7620 dated March, 19, 2010). Currently, Nelson T. Rio II continues to be the Pastor-Teacher of the Grace Christian Church.
During a regular quarterly congregational meeting held on March 10, 2013, a board resolution posthumously granting, conferring and declaring Dr. Nelson D. Rio as pastor-teacher emeritus of Grace Christian Church was affirmed by the congregation of Grace Christian Church.
Nelson T. Rio II is currently the Pastor-Teacher of Grace Christian Church. His education started in the University of San Carlos in Cebu as an Electrical Engineer and continued in Pasadena City Colleges, California. His name is synonymous with electronics and won an award for it in high school during the first regional science fair held in Bohol. His past work experience revolved around the world of electronics and computers.
Nelson T. Rio II started to preach in the pulpit in 1975. Through the Scofield Study System, the Scofield Bible Correspondence Course, he completed the course to enhance his Biblical exposition. By 1980, he was studying the Isagogical, Categorical, and Exegetical method under the teachings of R. B. Thieme, Jr. He was ordained as pastor in 1996 and assisted in the Grace Christian Church Ministries. He continued to handle the Sunday worship services of GCC through doctrinal exposition. In January 2004, Dr. Nelson D. Rio Sr., who was then the pastor-teacher of GCC, passed on to Phase III to be with the Lord. On February of the same year, Nelson II was chosen by the GCC to become its pastor-teacher. Nelson II teaches biblical categories in the original languages of the Scripture through diligent inductive study of etymolgy and context. He communicates doctrine in the local dialect to equip believers in divine procedures for living the normal Christian life.
Dr. Nelson D. Rio (1924-2004), the Pastor-Teacher of Grace Christian Church from 1981-2004, gave up his medical career and the Bohol Medical Center hospital, which he established, to devote the rest of his life to teach the Word of God full time, adopting the Isagogical, Categorical, and Exegetical method of doctrinal teaching of Berachah Church in Houston, Texas as the means ‘for the equipping of the saints’, ‘so that the man of God may be mature and thoroughly furnished unto all good works.’ (Ephesians 4:12a; 2 Timothy 3:17).
When his college studies was interrupted with the outbreak of the Second World War, he served in the military service as an intelligence officer of the United States Armed Forces in the Far East with the Panay Guerilla Front and rose to the rank of Lieutenant. After the war, he studied to become a physician and became a doctor of medicine in 1951. After being appointed as Director of Graham Memorial Hospital, formerly known as the Bohol Mission Hospital established in 1909 by Missionary-Doctor James Alexander Graham, Dr. Rio eventually established the Bohol Medical Center hospital in 1961.
In 1981, Dr. Rio was conducting nightly Bible studies at the Grace Christian Church and his son, Nelson II, preached from the pulpit during Sunday Worship Service. On June 8, 1984, the congregation pastored by Dr. Rio was officially registered as Grace Christian Church-Bohol, Inc. with the same membership who subsequently organized the Grace Christian Church-Visayas, Inc. on June 19, 2008, both corporations being one and the same under the name Grace Christian Church.
In 1987, an ordination council headed by Pastor Ralph La Rosa, missionary to the Philippines of Berachah Church, formally ordained Dr. Rio as Pastor. The church adopted the Isogogical, Categorical, and Exegetical method of doctrinal teaching and church bible studies began airing over the radio. In 1993 he initiated the founding of Tagbilaran Grace Christian School.
Even with his advancing age when his body began to weaken, Dr. Rio’s spirit remained strong in teaching the Word of God, showed no sign he was nearing the point of giving up his duty as Pastor-Teacher, fully earning the merit to be called a diligent servant approved to God who was not ashamed and rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15) until the Lord, in His perfect time, called Dr. Rio back home for the third phase of His plan on January 12, 2004 more than a month before his 80th year.