Pastor Ivandale Remocal will be joining the Wisconsin Conference pastoral team in September of 2020. He will finish his Master’s of Divinity degree from Andrews University in December of 2020. He is thankful to God for not giving up on him. He says, “I was born and grew up in the tropical area of Aurora, Philippines. Though, I was raised in an Adventist home, my spiritual life was void and meaningless. I did not have intimate relationship with God, the giver of life. But, God is really good that He never gave up on me and my parents followed God’s instruction in Proverbs 22:6, that says, ‘Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.’ I was 17 years old when I had a misunderstanding with my Dad, he sent me away and I left home with a plan that I would support myself and live on my own. But, the Lord had different plan for me. Even though I didn’t know where to go, ironically, I still turned to God when I did not know what to do. I asked Him to show me the way. I found myself with my cousin, who is a pastor.”
“One evening, I threw a huge rock at the roof of the church, disturbing the night’s worship. But instead of being reprimanded, I was asked by my cousin-pastor to join their worship service and he even gave me a Bible. I was asked to read Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” For the first time in my entire life, I was able to understand the meaning of that verse. It left a deep impression in my heart. From then on, it changed the whole direction of my life. I decided to serve God and studied theology at the Adventist University of the Philippines.”
After finishing his studies there, Pastor Remocal served as a youth chaplain, an intern pastor and received clinical pastoral training at the Adventist Medical Center in Manila, Philippines. He says, “Through those experiences, I believe God is calling me to serve as a Pastor and a Chaplain in His vineyard.”
His wife, Donna finished her B. S. in Nursing at the Adventist University of the Philippines and is currently working as a Registered Nurse here in United States. They are waiting expectantly for the arrival of their first baby in the fall of 2020. He enjoys hiking, camping, biking, surfing and snowboarding.
Pastor Remocal says, “It is my honor and privilege to be serving the Lord, together with the members of Durand SDA Church and be involved with Christ’s healing ministry as a chaplain of Advent Health Hospital Durand. Let us all pray that our church family will be united to work harmoniously, lifting Christ to the community while waiting for His soon return.”