Visayan Nazarene Bible College elected Larnie Sam A. Tabuena as its new president.
Tabuena is currently assistant professor for philosophy and ethics at Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theology Seminary. His educational background includes theology, philosophy, and religious education, and he holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from VNBC, APNTS and De La Salle University–Manila. He is also a Doctor of Philosophy candidate at the University of Santo Tomas.
Tabuena, whose father is a retired ordained minister, served in several leadership capacities in the Church of the Nazarene. His responsibilities included pastor on the Metro Manila District, member of the Board of Trustees at Philippine Nazarene College and VNBC, as well as education coordinator for the denomination's Philippine Field. He also did administrative work on the Philippine National Administrative Board. Furthermore, he has held teaching posts at other theological seminaries and Trinity University of Asia.
Philippine-Micronesia Field Strategy Coordinator Stephen Gualberto expressed his joy over Tabuena’s election.
“I am thankful to Rev. Tabuena for accepting the election of the Board of Trustees and his enthusiasm to serve and lead VNBC," Gualberto said. "He is a man of faith, humility, integrity, and hard work. His excellent academic achievements, rich leadership exposure, and experiences, passion in discipleship, and leadership development will contribute much to the growth and advancement of VNBC.”
Larnie is married to Annabelle, who is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. She enjoys teaching children and is involved in hospitality ministry.
"We wish Rev. Larnie congratulations as he assumes this respected position," Gualberto said. "We pray that God’s grace and guidance be upon him as he leads VNBC. Also include VNBC in your prayers, as they continue to educate students while cultivating an environment of making Christlike disciples."