M. Tendero has been serving as national director of the Philippine
Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC) since 1993 up to the present.
is the largest network of evangelical Christians in the Philippines
composed of 30,000 evangelical churches and 184 parachurch and mission
organizations. He is
also the executive director of the Philippine Relief and Development
Services (PHILRADS), the relief and development arm of PCEC, and
executive editor of
Evangelicals Today—the longest-running Christian magazine
in the Philippines.
He also chairs the Board of the following organizations: Back to
the Bible Broadcast,
Evangelism Explosion (EE) 3 Philippines, and the Philippine Missions
Association. He also functions as the associate General Secretary
of the Asia Evangelical
Alliance. He was the National Coordinator for the DAWN (Discipling
A Whole Nation) 2000, where he provided leadership for the mobilization
of churches in the Philippines that made possible the accomplishment
of the movement’s vision of seeing 50,000 local churches planted
nationwide by 2000.
He actively represented the Philippines in several international
Interfaith Dialogues including the United Nations High-Level Inter-religious
and Intercultural Dialogue for Understanding and Peace. In 2010,
with the Commission of the Commission on Climate Change (CCC), he
co-convened the Interfaith Dialogue on Climate Change in Malacañang
Palace to gather different faith groups in the Philippines and discuss
how they can address the adverse effects of global warming.
Bishop Tendero earned his B. A. Theology degree from FEBIAS College
of Bible in 1978, cum laude and was the recipient of that year’s
Most Outstanding Student Award. He also went to Trinity Evangelical
Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois for his M. Div. (Pastoral
Counseling) degree, graduating cum laude. He is listed in the 1989
“Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.”
He received three honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees from Asian
Theological Seminary, Febias College of Bible, and International
School of Theology-Asia.
In recognition of his exemplary leadership in the body of Christ
as he fosters unity and advocacy for national transformation, he
was given the Distinguished Evangelical Leadership Award, making
him the fifth person to receive this prestigious award in the 35
years of PCEC then.
Bishop Tendero is married to the former Sierry Soriano, and has
four children: Elizabeth Esther (married to Jaypee Pagdanganan),
Efraim Elijah (married to the former Valerimae Lacap), Ezra Emmanuel
and Elah Eunice; and two grandchildren,
Datu and Tala.