Mayor, Pastor Minas (1923–1996)

By Rosellar Zamora, and Mary Grace Ladion-De Guzman

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Rosellar Zamora

Mary Grace Ladion-De Guzman taught at Lipa Adventist Academy for eleven years, the first established academy within the territory of South Central Luzon Conference. She is a licensed science teacher and holds a master's degree in Science Education. She is particularly interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and staff development. Her husband, Marlon De Guzman, is a senior auditor for the South Central Luzon Conference. They have two children. Guzman is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction from the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies.

First Published: May 5, 2022

Pastor Minas Mayor was a literature evangelist, minister, and leader from the Philippines.

Early Life, Education, and Family

Born March 30, 1923, to Jose Mayor and Apolinaria Minas in Sta. Cruz, Zambales, Philippines, Mayor grew up in a small farm village in Sta. Cruz, Zambales. The family was devoted Roman Catholics. However, while at Philippine Union College (PUC), Baesa, Caloocan City, Philippines, Minas converted to Adventism and was baptized by Pastor Rowland in 1948. 1

After spending his elementary years at the Sta. Cruz Elementary School, Mayor then attended the Mapua Institute of Technology, Western Luzon Academy, and Torres High School. Following his high school graduation in 1941, he joined the military2 as the country faced World War II.3 But in 1948, God led him to Philippine Union College to study for a year, which led to his conversion.

Mayor married Leovigilda Mas in December 1948. The couple would have three children, Yolanda, Pastor Jr., and Myrna.

Ministry

Pastor Mayor entered denominational work as a literature evangelist in the Central Luzon Mission from April 1948 to April 1952.4 Because of his passion and diligence, leadership voted him to be an assistant publishing secretary at Central Luzon Mission in May 1952.5 In September 1954, Mayor became the publishing secretary of South-Central Luzon Mission.6 He served South-Central Luzon Mission in that capacity until December 1957 when he received a call to a similar post at the Northern Luzon Mission, beginning in January 1958. That same year, leadership ordained him as a full-fledged minister.7 Sadly, he lost his daughter Myrna in July 1958.8

His services in Northern Luzon Mission culminated in December 1967 when invited back to Central Luzon Mission as the publishing secretary until August 1971.9 In September 1971, Central Luzon Mission assigned him as a church/district pastor in the territory until June 1973.10 Then, he became the publishing secretary of the North Philippine Union Mission11for two years. Beginning in May 1975, Mayor would lead Northern Luzon Mission as the mission president until December 1979.12 After his term as a president, he returned to pastoral ministry, serving as a district pastor until his retirement in 1982.13

Later Life

Pastor Minas Mayor worked for the church for 35 years. After retirement, he went back to Iba, Zambales, and spent his sunset years with his wife and granddaughter, Suzette. On September 27, 1996, he breathed his last.

Pastor Minas Mayor is well-remembered for his service in the publishing department and his passion for printed media.

Sources

Service Record of Pastor Minas Mayor. North Philippine Union Conference Archives, Pasay City, Philippines.

Seventh-Day Adventist Yearbook. Washington, D.C.: Review and Hera1d Publishing Association, 1956, 1959, 1975, 1979.

Notes

  1. Service Record of Pastor Minas Mayor, North Philippine Union Conference Archives.

  2. Ibid.

  3. World War II and Japanese Occupation 1941-1945. Accessed May 17, 2021, https://sites.ualberta.ca/~vmitchel/fw6.html#:~:text=The%20attack%20on%20the%20Philippines,Java%20on%20December%2012%2C%201941.

  4. Service Record of Pastor Minas Mayor.

  5. Ibid.

  6. Seventh-Day Adventist Yearbook (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1956), 99.

  7. Seventh-Day Adventist Yearbook (1959), 105.

  8. Service Record of Pastor Minas Mayor.

  9. Ibid.

  10. Seventh-Day Adventist Yearbook (1975), 165, 166.

  11. Service Record of Pastor Minas Mayor.

  12. Seventh-Day Adventist Yearbook (1979), 193.

  13. Service Record of Pastor Minas Mayor.

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Zamora, Rosellar, Mary Grace Ladion-De Guzman. "Mayor, Pastor Minas (1923–1996)." Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. May 05, 2022. Accessed November 26, 2022. https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=9CKO.

Zamora, Rosellar, Mary Grace Ladion-De Guzman. "Mayor, Pastor Minas (1923–1996)." Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. May 05, 2022. Date of access November 26, 2022, https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=9CKO.

Zamora, Rosellar, Mary Grace Ladion-De Guzman (2022, May 05). Mayor, Pastor Minas (1923–1996). Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. Retrieved November 26, 2022, https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=9CKO.