Philippine Association of Christian Counselors, PACC for short, was formed out of the vision of a group of Filipino counselors of creating an association of Christian counselors for mutual encouragement and enrichment. In 1998 Dr. David Benner came to Alliance Graduate School (formerly Alliance Biblical Seminary) for a summer module, the group sought his advice on how to put together a Christian counselors’ association. Dr. Fred Gingrich, chairperson of the AGS Counseling Program, then gave his full support of the idea and thus the first brainstorming meeting was held on February 20, 1999 at AGS. At that time Nineteen (19) counselors representing Asian Theological Seminary (ATS), Alliance Graduate School (AGS), 700 Club, Door of Hope & DZAS participated in the gatherings. Two meetings later it was decided that a committee be formed to handle logistics.
Officially Registered with SEC
On January 11, 2000 a Board of Directors therefore was organized with Dr. Randy M. Dellosa of Life Change Recovery Center as PACC’s first Chairman. The group then being composed of seven (7) members; Cesar Cong as Vice-chairman, Dr. Al Cabrera, Sonia M. Berana, Linda Bubod, Phebe Pendon and Jane Lee were Directors. Consequently on July 19, 2000 PACC was officially registered with the Securities & Exchange Commission. In succeeding years, Ptr. Leo Armas as chairman, and later Mr. Toch Arellano was chairman (2004-2005). Other PACC directors soon followed and Sam Galvez, Joy Laverinto, and Libertine Lee were elected. The officers for 2008-2009 were: Chairman – Cesar Cong, Vice-Chairman – Jocelyn Laverinto, Secretary – Jane Lee, Treasurer – Doris Lim, PRO – Ali Gui, Oonah Castillo, Liaison Officers – Nathan Ramos, Ronaldo Avante, Member – Sonia Beraña.