Ilagan Baptist Church History
The mission work in Ilagan, Isabela was started on February 14, 1987 by Pastor Jose B. Cabajar with the assistance of Bro. Jose Talana and Sis. Merlie Binag. Its primary goals were to spread the Word of God, to bring the lost people to the saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ and to teach them how to walk the Christian life using the Bible the King James Version as the supreme authority and the only rule of faith and practice.
The work then was being supported by La Loma Baptist Church in Quezon City and Cabagan Baptist Church in Cabagan, Isabela. Bible studies were conducted weekly in Pulipol, Bagumbayan, Marana, Calamagui I and Baculud with an average attendance of 60 people/week. After about 15 months of fruitful evangelism/mission work, the believers were gathered together on May 1, 1988 for the first Church Services held in a rented office space located in the town proper. The Wednesday Prayer Meeting Services started on July 27, 1988. During that same year, 28 believers obeyed the Lord in baptism. Further, the deaf ministry was started on August 3, 1988 by Sis. Marinel Angeles primarily to teach the deafs in the locality sign language and eventually lead them to Christ. January 22, 1989 marked the official organization of Ilagan Baptist Church with Pastor Jose B. Cabajar as the Missionary Pastor and with 24 chartered members.
In November 1990, the Ilagan Bible Institute (IBI) started to offer a three-year course leading to the Graduate of Theology Degree with the primary purpose of training and developing students to properly divide and communicate the Word of God, equipping them for the ministry and other areas of Christian service.
In January 1991, the First Annual Missions Conference was held to emphasize Christ's great commission to spread the Gospel to the regions beyond, and to teach Christians to support the mission program through prayers and faithful mission giving.
In January 1992, IBC became an independent church wherein its operating capital comes mainly from tithes and offerings of its members and other people attending its regular Services.
On September 29, 1992, it was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission under the corporate name Ilagan Baptist Church, Incorporated with S.E.C. Reg. No. AN09203896 and with Pastor Jose B. Cabajar as the Chairman and Official Pastor.