Toffee Jeturian (wife: Malou)
National Director / ANCOPUSA Chairman
I am Toffee Jeturian, an Auditor by profession who lives by the saying, “In God I trust, everyone else I audit.” My lovely bride of 22 years, Malou is a Dentist who believes in the adage, “Be TRUE to your teeth or they will be FALSE to you.” But before we are an Auditor and Dentist, we are first and foremost, a couple for Christ. We have been blessed with two daughters, Michelle (20) and Isabella (15) who started at Kids for Christ and now serve at CFC-Y, with Michelle serving as a Chapter Head.
Couples for Christ (CFC) is indeed a beautiful gift from God to our family. It just took us 7 long years before deciding to open this precious gift. My parents, Jet & Myrna Jeturian have been active CFC servant leaders since the 1980’s (and continue to serve at 87 and 80 years of age) while my younger brother Nestle was very much involved with YFC, transitioned to SFC and is now CFC with spouse Trina. When we finally gave our FIAT to God in 1999 and arranged to have the very first CLP at Anaheim Hills in CA, our lives were forever changed. Through CFC, God has:
Opened our eyes, minds, hearts to His unconditional love and overflowing mercy and has given us the opportunity to spread His good news of salvation.
Given us the realization to place Him, first and foremost, front and center in our family life.
Granted us the opportunity to do something beautiful for Him through our service and support of the least of our brethren.
Enflamed our hearts to protect and defend the unborn.
Given us hearts to be involved in the life of our St. Martin de Porres Parish in Yorba Linda, CA where I serve as Lector and Cantor, Malou as a Eucharistic Minister, Michelle as a Hospitality Minster and Isabella as a Senior Altar Server.
Although we are still very much a work-in-progress, we are most grateful that He has blessed us (and many, many more couples) with CFC, as we now have a better chance to be families in the Holy Spirit (with the Blessed Mother’s intercession) renewing the face of the earth.
Ding De Guzman (wife: Joy)
National Council Member, Finance and Gift of Life
My name is Ding de Guzman, married to Joy. We will celebrate 31 years of married life this coming June 4, 2014. I was introduced to Joy by my friend who was her audit manager at Sycip, Gorres, Velayo & Co. in 1982. I have a CPA practice in Milpitas and she helps me in our work professionally and in my role in the community. We have been in Couples for Christ for 21 years. Dedicated in March of 1993 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church located in Milpitas, CA. Milpitas is located in Northern California commonly known as the Bay Area. This year I started to serve as a member of the National Council. I was assigned the directorate of Finance and Gift of Life. A year ago, I served as a Sector Head of CFC NorCal and before that I served as ANCOP Regional Director for SWA.
We have three children. Our eldest, Iris, 30, married to Dr. Jeff Tinloy who she met at UOP, School of Dentistry. Looking forward and hoping to have a grandchild soon. Our second child is Christian, 24, also an alumni of UOP, School of Dentistry and our youngest, Patrick, 18, is graduating from high school this May. He intends to attend Santa Clara University as a college freshman and likely to major in Finance/Economics or Accounting.
We belong to the parish of St. Catherine of Alexandria in Morgan Hill, CA .
Joy serves in our Parish as Eucharistic Minister. The good Lord has blessed us tremendously especially the past few years. Our three children are healthy, loving and achievers in their own field. With the many material blessings God has been providing, we cannot help but share it with our siblings and others who experience difficulties. The more we serve Him, the more He blesses us, how can we stop serving Him?
Romy Dacayanan (wife: Emer)
National Council Member - Catholic Church Relation Overseer & Pastoral Formation Office
My wife Emer and I have been active members of the Couples for Christ (CFC) community for more than 25 years. We are blessed with 2 sons, Nico (deceased) and Stephen. Stephen is an active SFC NJ member and has transitioned from Kids ministry to youth and now Singles.
We joined CFC upon the invitation of our work boss whom we were not able to refuse. But as I look back, joining that entry program was probably one of the best and most life changing decisions I made with my wife. My life was never the same again after joining the Couples for Christ community. I would have never imagined I can do a lot of things as I serve CFC and the church.
I (with my wife Emer) have served CFC in various ministries and capacities after completing CLP in St Joseph’s Parish, Palanan, Makati City, Philippines. After being appointed as Household Head in 1995 after moving to the US, I then served in both CFC and family ministries in various capacities – as SFC NJ Coordinator and Regional Coordinator, CFC Area Head for Pennsylvania, Maine and New York, CFC NJ Chapter/Cluster Head, Area Director for CFC NJ, SOLD NCG member and Regional Coordinator, ANCOP USA Events Manager.
It was just a blessing for me to have served also as CFC Regional Head for NE-B (2013-2014) and then as Regional Head for NE-A (2015-2016) before being appointed as a member of the CFC USA National Council starting Jan 2017.
I would have never thought in my wildest dreams prior to joining CFC that I can be given the chance to lead or participate in many mission CLP’s within and outside of NJ and surrounding states and serve as lead or member of a few national conference teams One of my most meaningful involvement in CFC is serving in our work for the poor program. As USA Events coordinator for ANCO P, it was an awesome experience to have participated and supported major fundraiser events and other key events of the organization such as the Global Pinoy USA, Springtime events, Ancop Walk, etc. God is truly good.
Norby Perrin (wife: Edna)
National Council Member, Mission and Evangelization
In my service as NC Overseer for E&M, Romans 10:14-15 is one of my scriptural inspirations, “How can they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach? And how can people preach unless they are sent?” It is Edna’s as well.
In our 24 years in CFC, Edna has been my partner and support. Our first seven years in CFC were in Marikina, Philippines, where I was a Unit Head by the time we moved to the US. The next 17 CFC years were in Maryland, USA, where we started all over again – from members to household leaders and then to various levels of pastoral service including ANCOP. Details can be found in my CFC Service Profile.
Edna and I made our life-long commitment to each other on Valentine’s Day 1976 and ever since, we have been celebrating the 14th of each month in our own little loving ways- for 41 joyful years.
We are blest with three children and two grandsons. Despite her dual degree in Pharmacy and Medical Technology, Edna opted to be full-time mother in the Philippines (during our first 25 years of marriage). We raised our children in the love of God and pursuit of good education. Catherine, our eldest, is married, serves as catechist in her parish, and has a master’s degree in psychology. Michael Rommel, is raising a family; he has a master’s degree in Information Systems. Bernadette is our CFC Family Ministry child who transitioned from KFC to YFC to SFC. She is teaching at a Catholic school in the Archdiocese of Washington.
My vision for CFC-USA E&M is to have a community of Missionary Disciples who are willing and eager to go out of their comfort zones to proclaim the Gospel joyfully.
(Norby and Edna Perrin Video Message)
May the grace of our Lord Jesus, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with everyone.
Jojo Reandalar (wife: Chay)
National Council Member, Familie Ministries
“Chay and I joined CFC in the Philippines in 1995, just 2 years after our marriage. We have been with the Community for more than 22 years and it has just been a shower of blessings to us and the family ever since. Not a single moment did we regret joining the Community. How could we have such a feeling when the Community is GOD-sent to us. It has enriched our marriage, drawn us much closer to GOD, inspired us to share HIS love and blessings with others both in and out of the Community, helped us bring our children in the knowledge and love of GOD, gave our children an avenue to serve HIM through the different CFC family ministries, allowed us the grace to share our faith with relatives, friends and even strangers, made us feel the lofe and support of our fellow members in the Community, and made us more participative and generous members of the Catholic Church. We can never thank GOD enough for the blessing of the Community to us and our family. We are truly grateful.”
Nanding Canrandang (wife: Merlie)
National Council Member, National Events Coordinator, Mission Worker Overseer, ABLAZE Overseer
For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare, not for woe, plans to give you a future full of hope – Jeremiah 29:11.
In February of 1986, my brother was in a car accident on their way up north to attend the funeral of a co-worker. He was airlifted to Quezon City and had a series of surgeries. During his confinement at the hospital, we were overwhelmed by the number of people who visited him but our attention was caught by a group of couples who showed so much love and compassion towards my brother and his family. They prayed together, shared their joy and laughter which made it easier to bear the burden of such a tragic incident. We learned that they were members of Couples for Christ to which my brother and sister-in-law were household members. Our Lord works in mysterious ways. He turned the accident into a blessing when we attended the very first parish-based Christian Life Program at Holy Spirit Parish Church, BF Homes, Quezon City from August 1 to October 23, 1986. God’s plan for us began to unfold through the community of Couples for Christ. We brought our family and our extended families closer to God. We were given the opportunity to serve in different capacities. In 1997, the Lord brought us to Guam where we had a chance to join CFC-Guam and serve our brothers and sisters. Then the Lord took us to South Carolina in 1999 and gave us the opportunity to evangelize and form Couples for Christ-South Carolina. Remaining faithful to God keeps us united to Him from whom all blessings flow. It has been more than 30 years since we joined the community and we continuously reap many blessings including thousands of brothers and sisters who touched our lives in so many ways.
The call to serve in the National Council came as a surprise, but who are we not to heed God’s plan. We believe that this is a part of His plan to give us a future full of hope – hope to bring more people closer to Him. It is a great honor to serve the Lord, and we will do so until our last breath.
Ex Funtera (Wife: Gladys)
National Council Member, ANCOP