Bishop Jose Gamboa
José Gamboa, Jr., was born in Cabanatuan City, Philippines, the son of Rev. José and Guadalupe Castro Gamboa. His father served in the ministry for 46 years and his mother as deaconess and later as local pastor.
He received his A.B. from Philippine Wesleyan College; his Bachelor of Sacred Theology at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC; and his Doctor of Education at Centro Escolar University, Manila. From his senior year in high school up to his studies at Wesley Seminary, José was a scholar of Bishop Fred P. Corson of the Philadelphia Area.
He served as local pastor, then was ordained deacon and elder by Bishop José L. Valencia. In 1962, he was appointed to the faculty of Philippine Wesleyan College in Cabanatuan City; in 1969, he was called to teach at Union Theological Seminary, Manila. In 1974, he was appointed Director of the Theological Education by Extension program of the seminary, and in 1977, he received his appointment as Professor of Christian Education.
He served as Director of the Division of the Ordained Ministry, Philippine Central Conference, from 1971 to 1980; also as Chairperson of the Committee on Non-Traditional Styles of Theological Education of the Association for Theological Education in South East Asia (ATESEA). He is a member of the F. and A.M. Cabanatuan City Lodge No. 53.
He was elected bishop on June 20, 1986, by the adjourned session of the Twelfth Session of the Philippines Central Conference in Knox Memorial United Methodist Church, Manila, on the birthday of his wife, Edita Gamboa. He was consecrated on June 21, 1986. He is married to Edita Bote.