Eddie Villanueva Biography
Eddie Villanueva is a Philippine evangelist and president-founder of Jesus Is Lord Church Worldwide (JILCW), one of the largest Christ-centered, Bible-based, full-gospel churches in the world.
Previously, Villanueva was a communist-atheist, progressive protester, and a member of parliament on the road. He was jailed twice for fighting alongside the oppressed for their rights against land grabbing unions under martial law.
Villanueva is also the founder of the Philippine Movement for Jesus (PJM), which includes more than 40 bishops from various Christian churches across the country. In the 2004 and 2010 Philippine elections, Villanueva was a presidential candidate and a senatorial candidate in the 2013 Philippine mid-term elections, both as the standard-bearer of the Bangon Pilipinas Party.
Villanueva is a radio-TV evangelist owned by ZOE Broadcasting Network, a commercial television and radio broadcaster owned by VHF Channel 11 and UHF Channel 33 (Light TV). He is also the owner and founder of the Jesus Is Lord Colleges Foundation, Inc. (JILCF) in Bocaue, Bulacan, a Christian school where his wife, Adoracion Villanueva, is the president of the school.
Eddie Villanueva Age
Villanueva is 74 years old as of 2020. He was born on 6 October 1946 in Bocaue, Philippines, and celebrates his birthday on 6th October every year and his zodiac sign is Libra.
Eddie Villanueva Family |Parents | Siblings
He’s the son of Joaquin Villanueva and Maria Cruz. His father, Villanueva, was a former Olympic sprinter who spent four consecutive years in the 1920s representing the Philippines at the Far Eastern Games.
Eddie Villanueva Wife
He was married to Adoracion Jose Villanueva, who died on March 10, 2020. The couple’s got, four children.
Eddie Villanueva Children
Eduardo ‘Jon-Jon’ Villanueva, Jr., his eldest son, is the former Bulgarian mayor of Bocaue, who lost his bid in 2004 but won the elections in May 2007. Jonjon was charged with murder for allegedly ordering the shooting of a soldier of the Philippine armed forces during the May 2007 elections.
His other sibling, Senator Emmanuel Joel Villanueva, became the youngest member of the House of Representatives when on 6 February 2002, he took office as a delegate of the CIBAC party list. From 2016 to 2020, his daughter, Joni Villanueva-Tugna, who died on May 28, 2020, was a Christian singer, TV host, and former mayor of Bocaue. His other daughter, Edelisha Jovi, is an educator.
Eddie Villanueva Education
Villanueva graduated from the Philippine College of Commerce (PCC) in 1969 with a degree in commerce, majoring in economics, and later renamed the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. In the 1970s, he was immersed in student and labor movements, joining progressive parts of society as opposed to Marcos’ dictatorship. Villanueva also took up the law at the University of the Philippines but was also involved in so much activism that he never had time to take the bar.
Eddie Villanueva Net Worth
He made a good fortune in his profession as an evangelist and member of the church. His estimate of net worth is still under study. His partner, Joel Villanueva, was the fifth richest party-list congressman, according to the Philippine Star, with a net worth of P18.4 million.
Eddie Villanueva Church (Jesus Is Lord Church Worldwide)
Villanueva founded the Jesus Is Lord Church Worldwide, formerly named the Jesus Is Lord Fellowship, on October 5, 1978, “which started with just 15 participants of his Bible studies.” In 2007, in 18 cities in Metro Manila, 80 provinces in the Philippines, and 60 countries around the world, JIL said it had “more than five million members today. The bulk of Filipino overseas workers and their families are members abroad.”
Eddie Villanueva Leadership
During the Martial Law, he fought local land grabbers in Bulacan and ended up being jailed twice for his political views and participation in various mass acts. Until 1972, he served as a full-time faculty member in the Economics and Finance Department of the PCC. He worked as an export manager for Maran Export Industries in 1973 and was the general manager of Agape Trading Co. from 1976 to 1977. In 1978, he returned to the newly renamed PCC as a part-time professor.
Eddie Villanueva Awards
In 1979, Villanueva has ordained a Victory in Christ Church in California and an international ministry as the minister of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. In April 1996, he was also given the office of episcopate by the Sectarian Body of Christ in the Philippines. Two months later, in June 1996, Villanueva was awarded the Gintong Ama (Golden Father) Award by the Golden Mother and Father Foundation for the Socio-Civic/Religious Field.
Villanueva won the ZOE TV 11 EDSA People Power Freedom Award in February 2001 for equal coverage of the People Power II campaign. He founded and owns ZOE Broadcasting Network Inc. and operates Philippine television channel 11. It’s Bro. It’s Bro. Eddie, Diyos in Bayan, the PJM Forum (the Philippines for Jesus Movement), and Jesus the Healer is hosting three ZOE services.