by Rogelio Barroga, Sr. and Eusebio Tanicala
The late brother Gervacio Sison, contacted and initially taught through a radio program aired in Cauayan, Isabela became the first convert in this city in 1970. During the first worslhip service in 1970, only four people were present. Two months later there were eight in the group.
Rogelio Barroga, evanelist and his wife Surlita, volunteered to work in Santiago moving from Pangasinan in 1970.
In 1976 a church lot was purchased. A modest chapel was built in 1979. By this time membership increased to 45.
Key families that wee added to the congregation which gave the Santiago City group stable leadership starting in the middle of the 1980s are the Danilo Quibral family and the Matias Balcita family. By 1990 membership went up to 80. This year of 1990 saw the appointment of elders (Danilo Quibral, Matias Balcita and Rogelio Barroga). Deacons were Pacifico Bartido, Juanito Castillo, Juanito Gasuga and Orvin Arago.
A second floor of the church building was planned in 1990. Today the second level of the chapel has become functional.
As of August 2007, the elders are Danilo Quibral, Matias Balcita and Rogelio Barroga, Sr. The deacons are Juanito Casuga, Juanito Castillo. Perlito Palac, Diosdado Somera, Peter Baliwang, Roberto Barroga and Roland Javonillo.
The young evangelists of the congregation are Jessie Palac, Joel Somera, Nathaniel Somera, Robert Nachuman and Arnold Vera Cruz.
Works and ministries of the congregation are the following: Administration, Budget & Finance, Church Properties, Praise & Worship, Audit & Inventory, Visitation & Counseling, Membership & Communcation, Outreach & MIssions.
Evangelism and outreach methods include the following: Series of lesson in Home Bible Studies, Personal Evangelism, World Bible School lessons, Sunday School, Pulpit Preaching, and Leadership Training by Extension.
The Santiago City congregation through brother Rogelio and other church leaders, outreach programs were accomplished. They were involved in the establishinment or nurture of churches in the towns of Ramon, Ilagan, San Agustin, Angngadanan, Alfonso Lista, Diffun, and Saguday. A new congregation has been planted in Rosario District of the city and the church leaders help conduct services in the afternoon.
In spite of the many problems and trials encountered through the years, evangelist Rogelio Barroga and the church leadership remained steadfast through the help of the Almighty God.