Edmond Duque Macaraeg was born in Zamboanga City, Philippines, at the close of WWII from parents of Northern Luzon origin. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in education graduating cum laude at age 19. Nurtured in a strong Christian environment from birth, he began to study into Church of God literature in 1962. Employed in the Church office in 1969, he was ordained a minister in 1976. In his 39 years as pastor, he has served in almost all of their congregations nationwide, retiring in 2015. During the many years his service has included directing national youth summer camps and coordinating annual church conventions. He has overseen numerous congregations and video groups on Mindanao. Married to the former Lorna Gonzales, they have four sons, three daughters, and eight grand children. His children have helped in serving the United Church of God office in the Philippines and abroad.