Southern Christian College
Transforming education, transforming community through service learning
Southern Christian College (SCC) is a non-stock, non-profit educational arm of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP). Her creation is an act of faith and commitment of the United Church of Christ leaders and responsible citizens who launched it and managed its course thereafter.
Rev. Proculo A. Rodriguez of Silliman University visited Midsayap in 1937. He met Mr. Bibiano QuiÃ±ones and Mr. & Mrs. Fernando de la Serna and they struck the spark of putting up a Protestant school in Mindanao. The idea was nurtured. However, the dream did not come true even though Maguindanao Institute was opened in June 1941. Maguindanao Institute was registered as non-sectarian, a stock corporation with 37 stockholders. Mr. QuiÃ±ones, with more than half of the shares of stock of Maguindanao Institute, offered to donate his shares of stock to the new school. This kind of gesture was influential in the decision of choosing Midsayap as the site of Southern Christian College.
The Cotabato and Davao Conferences bought the present site from the stockholders of the defunct Maguindanao Institute that dissolved itself and paved the way for the new Christian school, the Southern Christian College. The members of the womenâ€™s organizations of both conferences raised initial contribution, in cash and in-kind, to start the schoolâ€™s operation.
Thus in 1949, Southern Christian College was established. The original incorporators, who also composed the first Board of Trustees, were: Atty. Florentino L. Martinez, Mr. Claudio P. Fajardo, Rev. Elton Brown, Mr. Clemente Dimafeliz, Dr. Samuel Royola, Rev. Manuel Villanueva, Mr. Fernando de la Serna, Mr. Bibiano QuiÃ±ones, Mr. Juan Cruzado, and Mr. Emilio Abarico. The first Director was Atty. Florentino Martinez; the first Principal of the High School, Miss Annie Pancho; and when the Elementary Department was organized, Mr. Apolinario Corpuz assumed the position as supervisor.
Since its foundation, church workers, either laypersons or ministers have administered Southern Christian College. Atty. Florentino L. Martinez served SCC in 1949 to 1950; Rev. Angel J. Alvaro, 1950-53; Prof. Guillermo T. Magdamo, 1953-1960; Bishop Proculo A. Rodriguez, 1960-63; Rev. Dr. Eliezer D. Mapanao, 1965-1987, 1994-1997; Rev. Dr. Filemon L. Lagon, 1987-1994; Dr. Erlinda N. Senturias, 1997-2007; and the incumbent President, the Rev. Dr. Melanio L. Aoanan.
The year 1986 served as the starting point of the framework of SCCâ€™s thinking and action for society when President Eliezer D. Mapanao initiated the review of the Collegeâ€™s Mission Statement. A portion of the revised Mission Statement read: “SCC seeks a life of Christian Faith, Learning and Action that will develop people into becoming intellectually competent and honest, morally and ethically sensitive, creatively aware and responsive to the needs and aspirations and the realization of a just, free and responsible social order.” This statement has been guiding SCC in her service to the community and in her quest of providing a relevant and transforming education to the youth of Central Mindanao. The same statement was adopted by the Church-Related Educational Association Towards Empowerment (CREATE) to be the educational credo of its 18 UCCP-related member schools.
riginally conceived as an elementary and secondary Protestant school, SCC has evolved into a larger educational institution. She has expanded her curriculum offering to cater to the diverse needs of tertiary and postgraduate students. To date, SCC offers fifteen baccalaureate degrees namely: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Secondary Education, Bachelor of Elementary Education, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, Bachelor of Science in Social Work, Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship, Bachelor of Science in Office Administration, Bachelor in Agricultural Technology, Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Community Development, Bachelor of Science in Extension Education, Bachelor of Science in Library and Information Science, and Bachelor of Theology; and Diploma Courses in Junior Secretarial, Agricultural Technology, Midwifery, Automotive and Electronics Technology. Its postgraduate offerings include Master of Arts in Educational Management and Master in Management.
The College is now composed of 180 faculty and staff who serve a total number of 2,358 students.
At present, Southern Christian College is under a new leadership who reinforces the Collegeâ€™s thrust on instruction, research and community extension. The College President, Rev. Dr. Melanio LaGuardia Aoanan had taught philosophy, ethics, religion and theology as well as research in several colleges and universities such as Silliman University, Philippine Christian University, De La Salle University, and Union Theological Seminary.
Dr. Aoanan is not new to Southern Christian College. He had spent thirteen prolific years at the College where he was a Director of Religious Studies from 1973 to 1975; Chaplain and Dean of the College of Theology from 1982 to 1988; and an Executive Officer for Spiritual Life and Values Formation from 1988 to 1995. As the new leader of SCC, he campaigns for the continuity of the previous leadershipâ€™s plan of pursuing a university status for the College; for the generation of enough resources to support the Collegeâ€™s programs through the establishment of endowed professorial chairs; for the strengthening of relationship and linkages with other academic institutions and partner organizations; for the pursuit of the teaching faculty to engage in and complete postgraduate studies; for the promotion of a culture of research and publications for both teaching and nonteaching personnel; for the implementation of strategies for an aggressive student recruitment; and for tapping the goodwill and support of thousands of alumni and friends of the College.
Dr. Aoanan hopes that by the end of his term, the College will have attained financial stability and achieve its goal of becoming a university.