Our new STC president, Bishop Elorde Mendoza Sambat was born on April 13, 1962 in Lubao, Pampanga. He grew up in Guagua, Pampanga but is presently residing at Venus St. Corner Neptune St., SkylandSubd., San Isidro, Tarlac City.
He is the youngest son among the six children of Domingo B. Sambat and Marcela P. Mendoza both of whom are farmers. He wanted to become a lawyer but being the son of poor parents, he forego his ambition and took the path less traversed by many in choosing a vocation that is far from being a lawyer in the court. However his passion for teaching lingers even while he is a pastor. He is a minister by vocation and an academician by avocation.
He graduated with honors at Guagua Elementary School in 1974 and finished his high school as valedictorian in 1978 at Del Carmen High School, Lubao, Pampanga. He worked his way to college first as a government scholar taking Nautical Course at PMI Colleges-Manila. He completed Associate in Marine Transportation in 1981.
He then continued his studies at St. Michael's College-Pampanga finishing his AB English in 1986. He enrolled at Tarlac State University taking up Master of Arts in Education (major in Guidance and Counseling) in 1989. During his college years, he was a feature writer and an editor of the school paper.
He passed the CSPE examination in 1991 landing on the top ten but never entered government service. Instead, he responded to the call of ministry when his paternal grandfather (Modesto Sambat) who was a devout Protestant died in 1983. He studied Theological Education by Extension in Union Theological Seminary with courses in Bachelor of Ministry 1984 and Master of Ministry and finished the latter in 2008.
The following year, his doctoral studies at Philippine Christian University was abruptly truncated because he was elected bishop of the UCCP in 2010 and got re-elected in 2014. He finished his two terms in May 31, 2018 but he is elected as one of the UCCP commissioners in Commission on Church Unity and Union until 2022 and proclaimed as one of the bishops emeritus of UCCP.
Bishop Sambat has extensively attended various seminars and conferences here and abroad in church activities, education and ecumenical gathering. He has written several articles and papers on a plethora of topics and interests including indigenous peoples. His book on the history of UCCP-Manila North Conference is in the making.
Bishop Sambat married LailanieCapinpinSambat, (ordained minister of UCCP) with whom he has 2 children namely; Paul Lorlan C. Sambat, (26 y.o.)AB Mass Comm graduate who is married to Lorena David Sambat (a teacher) with one son, Lucas Ezekiel D. Sambat and Leah Faith C. Sambat, (21 y. o.) HRM graduate and now taking up BSBA at Philippine Christian University.
Having been ordained in the ministry for thirty three years now, Bishop Sambat rose from the ranks before becoming a bishop and president. He first worked as a Janitor/Messenger at Focus Philippines Publishing Company in 1981-82. Then as a pastor, he served as Student Pastor of UCCP Guagua Evangelical Church (his home church) in 1984-86,
Administrative Pastor, UCCP-RTLGMC 1986-88
Ungot Evangelical Church 1988-91, 1996-97
Coordinator, Central Luzon Ecumenical Council 1991-92
Admin. Pastor, UCCP Bancal, Guagua,Pampanga 1992-94
CSRD Coordinator NLJ, UCCP 1994-95
Community Organizer, CONDORA-DAMORTIS 1995-96
Conference Minister (Moderator) Manila North Conf. 1997-99
Part Time College Instructor, St. Paul’s College, Tarlac 1999-2001
Founder and School Director, United Church Ecumenical School
Foundation, Inc. (UCESFI) 1999-2011
Founder and Interim School Director,
UCCP Tarlac Christian Academy 2011-2012
BISHOP assigned to the
UCCP-North Luzon Jurisdiction, 2010-2014 , 2014-2018
Acting President, Union Christian College-SFLU June 1, 2017-January 31, 2018
His other involvements include the following:
Chairman, Board of Trustees, Union Christian College, City of San Fernando, La Union 2012-present
Member, Board of Trustees of the following institutions:
Philippine Christian University (PCU), Manila
Saint Tonis’ College (STC), Tabuk City
United Church Ecumenical School Foundation Inc. (UCESFI), Tarlac City
Coordinator for Northern Luzon Area of the Ecumenical Bishops' Forum (EBF)
Corporate Secretary, ALAYBAYAN- LUSON Angeles City
Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform, Member of National Core Group
BOT Chairman of KADUAMI (Regional Development Center of Northern Luzon) Baguio City
Our president outlined his leadership in St. Tonis College with an acronym USTCI (initials of UCCP ST TONIS COLLEGE INC.)
Here it is:
U-NITY DESPITE DIVERSITY, MEANING THAT UNITY AND NOT UNIFORMITY PREVAILS BECAUSE NOT ALL OF US ARE UNIFIED BUT WE CAN UNITE IN OBJECTIVES, GOALS, STRATEGIES AND METRICS SO THAT WE CAN ACHIEVE OUR VISION AND WE CAN PURSUE OUR MISSION.
S-TRONG VALUES FORMATION. REMEMBER THAT WE ARE A CHRISTIAN SCHOOL, AN INSTITUTION OF THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST IN THE PHILIPPINES,
WHAT MAKES US DISTINCT FROM OTHER INSTITUTIONS IS OUR STRONG EMPHASIS ON VALUES FORMATION both Faculty, staff and studentry ANCHORED ON OUR CHRISTIAN FAITH.
St. Tonis College as envisioned by Dr. Bartolois a "Home Away from Home." WE CAN BE AS COMPETITIVE AND EXCELLENT AS WE CAN BE BUT IF WE DO NOT POSSESS INTEGRITY AND CHARITY, WE ARE JUST LIKE CLANGING CYMBALS. We should have an Inspired behavior of every member of the school community to proclaim the faith as UCCP.
T-RANSPARENCY IN ALL DEALINGS WITH THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY; THE PARENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF, BOT, CHURCH AND THE PUBLIC.
FINANCES, CONTRACTS, INVESTMENTS, LOANS AND OBLIGATIONS WILL BE MADE PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.
MANAGEMENT WILL BE A SHARED BURDEN AND OPPORTUNITY.
C-OMMITMENT TO ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
Expand Curricular offerings, extend scholarships, continue faculty development and improvement of facilities,
STRENGTHEN COMMUNITY EXTENSION PROGRAM ESPECIALLY AMONG INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES.
To make known the college to the community through action, service and witness thus the phrase,
"VIBRANT FAITH IN ACTION, CULTURALLY CONTEXTUALIZED COMMUNITY
TO PRODUCE LOCAL AND GLOBAL COMPETITIVE GRADUATES BY NOT ONLY TEACHING THEM HOW TO MAKE A LIVING BUT HOW TO LIVE A LIFE"
I -OF COURSE REFERS TO I WILL DO MY BEST BY THE GRACE OF GOD TO FULFILL MY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES.
THIS OUTLINE IS AN AMBITIOUS ONE AND A COLOSSAL RESPONSIBILITY NOT ONLY FOR MYSELF BUT FOR THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY BUT BY GOD'S SUSTAINING GRACE AS EXPERIENCED IN THE PAST YEARS OF STC, WE CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST THAT GIVES STRENGTH TO ALL OF US.
TO HIM BE THE GLORY FOREVER!