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Philippine College of Ministry

In 1991 the missionaries of Philippine Christian Mission Baguio Team began plans for establishing a Bible college in Baguio City. The team had discovered that there were not enough trained Filipino leaders for the churches being established in the western cordillera mountains of Northern Luzon.

Dennis McKinney invited Samson Lubag to conduct a feasibility study for the college. The idea of a new college was promoted during the 1991 National Convention of the Churches of Christ in the Philippines. It was decided that the college would focus its efforts on training pastors for ministry in local churches. This led to the choice of a name for the college Philippine College of Ministry (PCM).

On June 12 1992 PCM was opened in a three-story building at 140 T. Alonzo St. Baguio City. There were twelve students (eight full-time four part-time). The faculty consisted of Samson Lubag and five American missionaries. The first floor of the building held the Business Office the second floor served as the dormitory and the third floor held the library and classroom. The furniture and equipment consisted of a piano three manual typewriters a large chalkboard and a ping pong table with benches for the classroom.

The first attempt at establishing a Board of Trustees was unsuccessful so the college was governed by President Samson Lubag and missionaries Dennis McKinney and Mike Carman who also served as the first Academic Dean. In 1993 PCM was accredited by the now-defunct International Theological Accreditation Center.

In 1993 the college moved to its present location in Camp 7 Kennon Road the former Ruff Hause Hotel about five kilometers from the center of Baguio. The new building afforded relatively spacious accommodations for classes dormitories and office space. Within a few years however it was clear that PCM would soon outgrow the Camp 7 campus as well.

In 1997 Dennis McKinney and Samson Lubag invited Dr. James Huckaba and his wife Linda to join the college effort. They arrived in Baguio in September of 1998. Dr. Huckaba began serving as Academic Dean and professor of Greek and Homiletics. Linda has been the PCM Business Administrator Registrar and part-time Instructor since their arrival.

On December 21 1999 PCM founder Dennis McKinney died. Hundreds of people came from all over the Philippines and America to honor his life and mourn his death. Dennis widow Lorrita McKinney established the Dennis McKinney Memorial Building Fund with the goal of raising enough money to purchase land for a permanent campus. This goal was foremost in Dennis heart when he died. 140 000USD was given in memory of Dennis and the search for land began.