History of PFM - Philippine Frontline Ministries

History of PFM

Philippine Frontline Ministries, Inc was founded and registered in the Philippines in 1987 by Jeff and Rowena Pessina, and in the USA as a 501(c)3 in the year 2000

Jeff and Rowena continue to serve and lead Frontline to this day.

  • The roots of the ministry go back to the late 1970's, when attempts were made by a ministry called Christ is the Answer Crusades (CITA) to establish a permanent work in this island nation of over 60 million people (over 100 million presently). For a number of reasons, both of these attempts failed.

  • In 1980 Jeff Pessina was invited to the Philippines to assist in what would be the third attempt to establish a work in this nation. In the years that followed a small mission team was established with relative success. A number of evangelistic tent crusades were conducted in various towns and cities on the northern island of Luzon. However, in 1985, due again to financial, practical, and spiritual matters, the leader of the work decided to leave, and return to the USA. The team left behind was poorly equipped, under financed, and facing unlikely odds of successfully carrying on.

  • However, the call of God to reach and impact the nation for Christ was real, and was not to be given up. Though facing many yet to be known trials and struggles in the days to come, Jeff assumed the leadership, began to rebuild, and lead the team to what eventually became an effective and established ministry named Philippine Frontline Ministries, Inc. (PFM). Registered officially in 1987, the "Frontline team" would go on to reach millions of Filipinos with the Gospel, and see many thousands commit their lives to Christ over the next 20 years.

  • During these years the Frontline team lived on the road year-round in a mobile camp of tents and trailers. Traveling to hundreds of cities with a full time ministry team of as many as 75 people, over twenty trailers, and dozens of tents, Frontline conducted thousands of evangelistic outreaches, focusing primarily on large gospel tent meetings.

  • In the year 2000, following the direction of God, the ministry moved to establish a permanent base in order to ensure future national impact. This was done in San Pablo City, Laguna. The Frontline mission center now serves as a center for training and ministry development with a continued emphasis on discipleship, leadership development, and teamwork, all relative to evangelizing the nation with the gospel of Jesus Christ. This move also opened doors to other exciting opportunities, such as a fast growing multi-site network of churches (Frontline Worship Center), a K-12 school (Frontline Christian Academy, Inc.), jail and hospital outreach ministries, and a child rescue program known as Face the Children that is changing the lives of abused, abandoned, or dangerously neglected children. It also opened the opportunity to engage the needs of impoverished people through Christ-centered business and livelihood projects aimed at uplifting lives, and generating revenues to sow back into the spiritual and practical needs of the communities we serve through these ministries.