A Pastor’s Life Story: Profile of BISHOP LUIS RUIZ SANTOS
Anyone who is familiar with the Tondo reputation during the earlier times might consider a Pastor born in that area as a very absurd idea. God, however, having the most vivid sight of the future, was already crafting a very exceptional man, without anyone knowing.
This exceptional man is no other than LUIS RUIZ SANTOS, the Bishop and founder of JESUS CHRIST TO GOD BE THE GLORY CHURCH INTERNATIONAL, INC. Louie, as he is fondly called, was born on October 10, 1949 in Tondo, Manila. He is the youngest of the nine children of Mr. Conrado Santos and Mrs. Eliza Ruiz Santos.
He took up his primary and secondary education at the Tomas Remegio Elementary School and Mapua Institute of Technology, respectively. His college days were spent at the University of the East where he pursued Business Administration, major in Marketing.
Even before entering college, he already was a business oriented person. While other teenagers are busy loafing around, he can be seen driving for his father as a means of earning a few Pesos and later on, got himself into selling clothes to neighbors and friends. Aside from his obvious knack for business, he is also a natural when it comes to music.
He was just seven years old when his musical ability was first noticed, but it was during the early 1960′s when he formally engaged into a band, which they named “SPOTNIKS COMBO“. As a gifted musician who can practically play all major musical instruments such as percussions, guitars, and keyboards, and one who can easily provide directions and ideas, he stood as the band’s leader while being an all-around performer. The band’s performances went as far as Okinawa, Japan.
Then in 1970, he married Norma Modelo Sy, a Chinese mestiza. They were blessed with four (4) children namely – Leslie, Ludwig, Wiglie, and Weily. Having a family gave him a different perspective in life. He gave up his musical career in order to secure a more stable job. He worked as a salesman at 7-UP BOTTLING CORPORATION but having the initiative and the urge to earn more for the growing needs of his family, he decided to put up a garments company with the help of his wife. The first company they came up with was named WIGLIES GARMENTS MANUFACTURING. The success of this business brought about another company called LUDWIG ENTERPRISES, which was a marketing firm of yarn and knitted fabrics.
When their businesses were still at its peak in the year 1984, they finally became more sensitive to God’s calling and heeded to it. However, walking the path of Christianity did not necessarily mean a bump free road. The difference is that they can decode God’s will through trials set before them. While being at their best efforts to become good Christians, God had an even higher mission for them to fulfill. The couple suffered from nervous breakdown but instead of questioning God, they have correctly deciphered this as His unique way of tapping them to serve Him on a full-time basis. And so nine (9) years after being called to be Born-Again Christians, they officially terminated all their business operations and served as full-time Pastors of JESUS CHRIST TO GOD BE THE GLORY FELLOWSHIP, INC., which was founded in December 1985. Louie was ordained Pastor on March 1986, and was ordained Bishop on December 1998 by Rev. Bishop Antonio R. Gallemit Sr.
Bishop Luis R. Santos’ pastoral ministry now runs on its 26th year, shepherding an average of more than 7,000 members in the main church alone. On top of that, he personally oversees JESUS CHRIST TO GOD BE THE GLORY CHURCH INTERNATIONAL, INC.‘s one hundred forty-four (144) extension churches nationwide and thirty-five (35) churches overseas. He can be seen passionately preaching during Sunday Services held at Cuneta Astrodome which is then aired through a television program entitled “FRIENDS AGAIN” seen on Studio 23 every Sunday, 7:00am to 8:00am. In addition to these, he also facilitates the Achievers’ Business Club Seminars conducted every month where his expertise in business is integrated with the Word of God.
His life of servitude to God has truly inspired a great number of people both locally and internationally. His untiring labor helped many lost and searching souls to find their way back to their Creator and to rekindle their relationship with Jesus.
The existence of Bishop Luis R. Santos is meant to inspire and to serve as a fresh iteration on why we should be once more grateful to God for His brilliant idea of appointing him as our Pastor.
A Loving Wife: Profile of PASTORA NORMA SY SANTOS
Exceptional sense of responsibility. These words best describe PASTORA NORMA SY SANTOS. Perhaps being the eldest amongst the children of Mr. Santos Sy and Mrs. Rosalinda Modelo Sy groomed her to become the reliable person she is now. But that’s not all, take a closer look at Pastora Norma Modelo Sy Santos, the assistant Pastor of JESUS CHRIST TO GOD BE THE GLORY CHURCH INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Norma was born on October 11, 1951, grew up in Sampaloc, Manila and spent her adolescence in Tondo, where she met her future husband, Louie (who is now Bishop Luis R. Santos). Her primary education was completed at a Chinese establishment named EXCOWHN Elementary School then she moved to CHIANG KAI SHEK where she finished High School in the year 1966. For her Bachelor’s Degree in Science, she enrolled at the University of the East and studied for one (1) year. She was then offered to work as a secretary at HANFORD PHILS., Inc. and was their loyal employee for eight (8) years from the period of 1966 to 1974. It was in DYNAFIT MANUFACTURING ENTERPRISES where she became a manager for three (3) years.
In 1970, she married Louie and became the mother of four beautiful children, namely – Leslie, Ludwig, Wiglie, and Weily. She juggled her roles easily between being a mother and wife and a business partner to Louie. The husband and wife tandem resulted into successful businesses called WIGLIES GARMENTS MANUFACTURING and LUDWIG ENTERPRISES. But their successful careers didn’t entail a perfect, happy married life at all.
They underwent marital conflicts and both incurred nervous breakdowns. Little did they know that what seemed to be a series of unfortunate events during their earlier married life was actually a blessing in disguise because it turned out that their stormy paths were bound towards a newly found relationship with Jesus. This relationship started in the year 1984 and bloomed beautifully when they have agreed to become full-time Pastors of JESUS CHRIST TO GOD BE THE GLORY FELLOWSHIP, INC. in the year 1993.
She has been a supportive wife ever since and this was further proven even in their ministerial missions. Currently, Pastora Norma Modelo Sy Santos is working hand-in-hand with Bishop Luis Ruiz Santos in carrying out the tasks laid out for them as Senior Pastors of the Church and most importantly, as ministers of God. She also oversees the Prayer Warrior activities of the church held every Thursday, from 9:00am to 2:00pm at Church Center Gilgal and from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at Quezon City Circle Covered Court.
Her life has been an inspiration to many, especially to women. She is truly a woman of faith – oftentimes showing extraordinary patience and serenity despite trials and distresses. Her words of wisdom serve as encouragement to the faint-hearted and her pretty smile always reflects an exuberant spirit that never fails to make lasting pleasant impression to everyone she meets.
Following the Lead: Profile of the Santos Siblings
Alongside Bishop Luis R. Santos and Pastora Norma Santos are their four talented and dedicated children who are actively involved in the church’s diverse ministries. They have proven that their love for God go beyond just following their parents’ instructions. Each of them has unselfishly offered more than their time and effort – they gave their whole selves to God and have lovingly embraced the responsibility of taking good care of the Church members.
But the remarkable fact amongst the four siblings is their common traits. All of them possess innate musical abilities most probably inherited from their father. Having shared the same passion for music and in using it for God’s purpose, they all play vital roles in propagating the music instilled by the worship team of JESUS CHRIST TO GOD BE THE GLORY CHURCH INTERNATIONAL. The worship team becomes even more appropriately named “I.D.O.4.” because of the Santos siblings – Leslie, Ludwig, Wiglie, and Weily.
While the name “I.D.O.4.” connotes the year 2004 as the notable transformation of the church, it is interesting to know that there is an underlying personal meaning to the band’s name. This is because “I.D.O.4.” or Infinite Devotion 04, is the name that translated the 4 siblings’ unified pledge that together, they will forever devote their time and energy in serving God.
Let’s get to know them individually and be inspired…
Leslie, the eldest of the four, is the church administrator, leading the functional ministries. She works hand-in-hand with her parents in overseeing the entire church, keeping an eye on both its local and international affairs. It can be said that this woman is an ambassador of the spiritual and physical advancement of the church, boldly facing the challenges of solving conflicts head on and ensuring that the Church is up on its toes with spirit-filled and fun activities while maintaining order in the administrative arm as a whole.
While spearheading the Alpha Cephas (Leaders Training Program), she is also the worship leader of I.D.O.4. worship team. Recently, she was appointed to oversee the church’s branch operations, and co-writes for the 1FC Discipleship Manuals. What endears her to the congregation is her heart which is fully committed to serving and loving God.
Ludwig is pastoring one of our branches in the afternoon and doubles as a church elder. His wife, Sister Racquel leads the Ophir team while children Bro. Zildjian and Sister Porsche are active members of the EON teams. Despite running his businesses and fulfilling the role of a family man, he is the assistant leader of I.D.O.4. and a lead vocalist. He is indeed a pledged leader with a servant’s heart.
Wiglie is someone whose passion for God is most vividly expressed through his love for music. He is one of the well-loved composers and musicians of the church. His compositions reached thousands of hearts who came to know Christ and are now living brand new lives in the Lord. He is the main keyboard player of I.D.O.4. and a number of the band’s hits were his contributions. While he is a UST graduate of Music, he solely used this education to hone his talent in serving the Lord. Wiglie is an unfeigned musician and worshipper to the very soul.
Weily, the youngest of the Santos siblings is the group leader of the Yupper and Nugen EONs while doubling as head of the Yield of Achievers for Jesus (YAJ) and assists in the leadership for Ambassadors Business for Christ (ABC). She is also a church elder assisting in all aspects of church administration. She is a delightful combination of talents, having graduated with a business degree and completed her culinary course. She is a power vocalist of the I.D.O.4. band and a promising composer. A totally amicable lady dedicated to channel her talents towards God.