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(Denver, CO) – WorldVenture sadly announces that Carla Chanco, long-time missionary to the Philippines, died Tuesday, July 27, 2021.

Carla was born in California, raised in Oregon, and pursued academic studies and a career in secretarial work. She felt a strong call to missions in 1983 that led her to use her administrative and evangelistic gifts to make disciples in the Philippines. It was during that time that she met the Rev. Rene Chanco. They were married in 1987 and have two children. 

Carla served faithfully with her husband, Rene Chanco, in the Philippines for more than three decades. Appointed for missions work with WorldVenture in 1991, they were involved in teaching at theological institutions, pastoring local churches, evangelism and mentoring new believers. Together, they had a fruitful ministry making disciples and strengthening Filipino churches and leaders.

“She considered it a privilege to play a role in shaping future pastors and church workers,” said WorldVenture President, Jeff Denlinger. “Carla will be remembered for her passion for evangelism, mentoring new Filipino believers, and her joy in strengthening those called to serve Him.”

Carla Chanco’s memorial service will be held Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 12:00 PM EDT in the Chapel of Coulter Garrison Funeral Home in Dayton, Tennessee.

If you would like to view the livestream of the event, click here.

Join the discussion 2 Comments

  • Joe de la Peña says:

    “Absent from the body, present with the Lord.”
    Rene was my former student.
    I fully empathize and understand. I, too, married an American and we had a wonderful marriage and served the Lord together for many years. She “went home” on Dec. 14, 2019. She was a real helpmeet, a wonderful wife and an accomplished musician. When we got engaged, she said, “You can preach and I can pray, you sing and I can play.” And that how we served together both in the Philippines and in the U.S.
    Sorry, Rene. It won’t be long and there will be an unending reunion.
    Hi to Roxanne.

  • Nikole Hahn says:

    Thank you, Joe for sharing your story. 🙂

    (((Hugs)) in the loss of your wife.

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