Rev. Merlyn Maningas was born and raised in the Philippines where he served for more than ten years as pastor in various urban and rural churches under the Evangelical Methodist Church of the Philippines (EMCP). He obtained his Bachelor of Christian Ministries degree from Bethel Bible College in 1993 and was ordained as a deacon a year later by EMCP. In 2010, he and his family moved to Vancouver. He served as volunteer pastor with a newly-planted church for Filipino immigrants. In 2013, Merlyn and his family moved to Whitehorse, Yukon where they started a home church. God led them to join the Whitehorse Church of the Nazarene in 2015, when they formally established the Church’s Filipino Ministry. Merlyn’s Philippine ordination was recognized by the Church of the Nazarene Canada Pacific District during its District Assembly in June 2019. Later that year, Merlyn and his family joined with two other families in Kelowna to start a Filipino Ministry in association with the Kelowna Church of the Nazarene (KCN). Merlyn was officially assigned as KCN Pastor in December 2020, and he serves as such to the present. Merlyn and his wife Aileen have three young ladies – Sarah (24), Kiana (16), Zoe (14) - and a Husky X dog from a Yukon shelter named Robin. Merlyn’s family actively helps him in various ministries at KCN. Merlyn’s life verse is Acts 20:24 - However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.