Avelina Villanueva Kuwaye
Avelina Villanueva Kuwaye is the Senior Pastor of Faith In Christ Church (FICC),Southbay and Worldwide Ministries.
She received Jesus Christ in her heart in 1974, in a home bible study through a Foursquare pastor. She received trainings to be a youth leader by the same denomination. In the early 80’s, when the Lord raised up the Jesus is Lord Fellowship to spearhead a revival in the Philippines, she served in different capacities filling every need in the newly-formed ministry. From being a Sunday School teacher to leading worship, to school evangelism, to being Camp Director, she was available in serving the Lord Jesus Christ.
She got married to Mervyn Kuwaye in April of 1980 in Philippines, few years after meeting him in a city-wide crusade. Soon they immigrated to the United States. When the vision for an International ministry came to Bishop Brother Eddie Villanueva, Mervyn and Avelina Kuwaye worked as the first International Directors for the then Jesus is Lord Fellowship (JILF), Philippines. Avelina coordinated the Philippines for Jesus Prayer Rallies in the USA. Working with Rev Leni Villanueva Narciso, pastor of FICC-Los Angeles, they blazed the trail for some of the pioneering churches for the JILF including HongKong, United Kingdom, Norway, Italy, France, and certain cities in Canada and the USA. The Apostolic calling of the Faith in Christ Church, led by Rev Leni Narciso, made possible these church planting efforts in different places of the world. As an extension of the Los Angeles Church, Mervyn and Avelina Kuwaye moved to Carson, CA in 1991 and pioneered the church in South Bay. Pastor Belen, as fondly called, continues to pastor the local church. The mantle of the Apostleship continues to do its work in the life of the church.
The local Church has become a place where people get saved, then go through discipleship, before they are trained to be Kingdom workers. FICC has become a training ground for new believers. This is where they get their training before they are sent to work in God’s Kingdom. By the time they pass through FICC, they have been trained and have become profitable to God’s kingdom.
Beside from pastoring, Pastor Belen has preached as a part of the Promise Christian University Team, in conferences and leadership trainings among non-denominational churches. She also ministers in the local and international churches of theJesus is Lord Church Worldwide.