Eddie Villanueva Biography & Net Worth
|Popular Name:||Eddie Villanueva|
Eduardo Cruz Villanueva
October 6, 1946
Municipality of Bocaue, Bulacan, Philippines
Adoracion “Dory” Villanueva (Died March 10, 2020)
|Net Worth:||$1 Million|
Today’s article is centered on the life and accomplishments of Eddie Villanueva, starting from his days of humble beginnings as an activist until his successful reign as an accomplished evangelist and politician in his country.
Most commonly referred to as “Bro. Eddie Villanueva”, our person of interest is a renowned evangelist who holds the title of founder and president of the Jesus Is Lord Church Worldwide (JILCW). He is also the founding father of the Philippines for Jesus Movement (PJM), which is said to have over forty bishops from different Christian denominations nationwide as members. Furthermore, he is also the founder and owner of the Jesus Is Lord Colleges Foundation (JILCF), a reputed Christian school in Bocaue, Bulacan, where his spouse, Adoracion Villanueva served as school president. The radio-TV evangelist is the owner of the commercial television and radio broadcasting station ZOE Broadcasting Network, which owns UHF Channel 33 (Light TV) and VHF Channel 11 (A2Z).
Villanueva was a communist-atheist in the past, as well as a street parliamentarian and radical activist. During martial law, he was arrested and imprisoned twice for fighting alongside other oppressed citizens for their rights against land grabbers. As the standard bearer of the Bangon Pilipinas Party, Eddie was a presidential candidate during the 2004 and 2010 Philippine elections and also ran for a senatorial seat in the 2013 midterm Philippine elections. Since July 22, 2019, he has occupied the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives seat and is currently a member of the 18th Congress of the Philippines.
Early Life: Childhood, Education, Activism
Eduardo Cruz Villanueva was born on October 6, 1946, in Bocaue, Bulacan, Philippines.
His parents were Joaquin Villanueva and Maria Cruz. His father, Joaquin, was a former Olympic runner who represented their country in the Far Eastern Games four times in the 1920s.
Villanueva is a highly educated man. He attended the Philippine College of Commerce (PCC) (now known as the Polytechnic University of the Philippines) and graduated in 1969 with a degree in commerce, majoring in economics.
In the 1970s, Villanueva was immersed in both student and labor activities, joining the progressive segments of society which fought against Marcos’ dictatorship. He also took up law but was already too deep into activism that he didn’t find time to take the bar. During Martial law, he opposed local land-grabbing fractions in Bulacan and landed in jail on two occasions for his political views and participation in more than a few mass actions.
Professional Life: Early Career, Religious Involvement, Politics
Eddie Villanueva worked as a faculty member in the Economics & Finance Department of Philippine’s College of Commerce until 1972. He then joined Maran Export Industries in 1973 and worked with the company as the export manager. In 1976, he joined the Agape Trading Company and worked as the general manager until 1977. The following year, he returned to Philippine College of Commerce, now renamed the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, as a part-time professor.
According to information we gathered from the church’s website, Villanueva had a life-changing encounter with Christ while at the forefront of a leftist movement in 1973. At that time, he was leading his family as well as other families in his Bulacan home province in a long-drawn-out legal battle as he became a victim of a land-grabbing syndicate. Five days after having that “dramatic encounter with God”, the part-time professor was brought one-on-one with a miracle that he could never forget: the land-grabbers were apprehended and detained.
Villanueva started his church on October 5, 1978. Formerly named Jesus Is Lord Fellowship, his church, Jesus Is Lord Church Worldwide, started with just fifteen members from his Bible studies. In 2007, his ministry stated it had more than five million members in eighteen cities in Metro Manila, eighty provinces in the Philippines, and sixty countries in the world. Most of his church’s members abroad are overseas Filipino workers and members of their families.
Villanueva campaigned for the 2004 Philippine presidential election and was confident he would win the election despite the polls done by Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations showing him trailing behind the other 3 contenders.
He ran for presidency for the second time in 2010 and also lost, finishing 5th out of 9 presidential candidates with 3.12% of the total votes.
Since July 22, 2019, he has been the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives in the Philippines. He is currently a member of the 18th Congress of his country.
Bro. Eddie founded the ZOE Broadcasting Network Inc which operates Channel 11 on Filipino television. He hosts three ZOE programs, “PJM (Philippines for Jesus Movement) Forum”, “Diyos at Bayan”, and “Jesus The Healer”.
Achievements: Awards & Honors
In 1979, the Victory in Christ Church and International Ministries (based in California) ordained Villanueva as Minister of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. From that time to this very moment, he has not only grown in strength and wisdom, but has also accomplished many feats both as a Christian leader and politician.
Villanueva has been conferred the Episcopacy office by the Sectarian Body of Christ in the Philippines. This was in April 1996. In June of the same year, Villanueva received the Golden Father (Gintong Ama) award for Socio-Civic and Religious Sector from the Golden Mother & Father Foundation.
In February 2001, he bagged the EDSA People Power Freedom Award for his ZOE TV 11’s coverage of the People Power II movement.
Personal Life: Family, Wife, Children, Interests
Villanueva’s wife, Sis. Adoracion “Dory” Villanueva, sadly passed away on March 10, 2020. Their two sons and two daughters include former mayor of Bocaue, Bulacan Eduardo “Jon-Jon” Villanueva, Jr., Sen. Emmanuel Joel Villanueva, Joni Villanueva-Tugna, and Edelisha Jovi.
Jon-Jon was charged with murder for supposedly ordering the shooting of a soldier of the Philippines in the May 2007 elections. Sen. Emmanuel Joel Villanueva became the youngest House of Representatives member on February 6, 2002, when he took his oath of office as the representative of the CIBAC partylist. Joni Villanueva-Tugna was a Television host, Christian singer, and Mayor of Bocaue from July 2016 until her demise on May 28, 2020. Edelisha Jovi currently works as an educator.
Villanueva is one of the many Christian ministers that are against same-sex marriage. According to one of the numerous interviews he has granted so far, he has urged the people not to imitate what happened in Sodom and Gomorrah in the Bible because judgment will befall the country if it’s done.
Eddie Villanueva Net Worth: Salary, Assets, Sources of Income
Bro. Eddie makes a good fortune in his professions as an evangelist and politician who holds a seat in the government of his country. He earns from multiple avenues, and thus, Pastor Eddie Villanueva’s net worth is reported to be $1 million. This could be more when his other income sources such as his radio-TV network and others are estimated as well. According to the Philippine Star, his second son, Sen. Emmanuel Joel Villanueva, was the fifth-richest congressman of the CIBAC party-list with a net worth of $600,000.