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Alberto C. Gulfan Jr., long-time Adventist leader in Southeast Asia, passes away


64-year old served the church for 42 years

September 28, 2015 Southern Asia-Pacific Division

Alberto C. Gulfan Jr., long-time Adventist leader in Southeast Asia, passes away

Alberto Gulfan Jr. addressing Annual Council delegates during the Council on Evangelism and Witness, October 10, 2014. [Photo by Ansel Oliver]

Known for his passion for evangelism, Alberto C. Gulfan Jr. regularly conducted several evangelistic series per year, sometimes as many as five or six, while maintaining his busy presidential schedule.

Gulfan served the church for 42 years. During that time, he was a literature evangelist, church pastor, district pastor, hospital chaplain, health educator, union health and temperance director, mission president, union ministerial secretary, union executive secretary and union president before being elected president of the Southern Asia-Pacific Division (SSD).

He served as the SSD president from 2003 to July 2015. Throughout his tenure, he fully supported world church initiatives such as Revival and Reformation, the 777 prayer program, and Mission to the Cities and was part of the SSD committee that developed the Integrated Evangelism Lifestyle initiative for the church territory.

Elder Ted N.C. Wilson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, remembers Gulfan as “a wonderful champion of God’s truth and evangelistic proclamation.”

In a letter of condolence to the family, Wilson added, “Pastor Gulfan will be greatly missed…Pastor Gulfan’s many years of service for the Lord are a testimony to God’s power in using an individual in powerful ways for His remnant church. The world church has been enriched through Pastor Gulfan’s service for God’s people. It was a great privilege to associate with Pastor Gulfan as a church leader and as a friend.” 

Born in Cataingan, Masbate, Philippines on December 1, 1950, Gulfan was a lifelong Adventist. He was married to wife Helen Bocala-Gulfan, SSD women’s ministries director and Shepherdess International coordinator, for 38 years. He cherished their three children – Helen Zella, married to Erwin Tecson; Lloyd, married to Novelou Lagra-Gulfan; and Jarbien Pol – and two wonderful grandchildren, Sam and Hugh.

The family appreciates the great outpouring of love and support during this time.

Funeral services will be held on October 4 at the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies (AIIAS) auditorium in Silang, Cavite, Philippines. The Southern-Asia Pacific Division has also set up a tribute page, which will also have the live stream video feed of the funeral service. 

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