Bishop Leo Aranda Soriano’s application for retirement was approved during the recent assembly of the Philippine Central Conference of The United Methodist Church held at Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya last December 12-16, 2012. He will leave his office and start his retirement status starting January 01, 2013.
Bishop Leo Aranda Soriano was ordained as an elder in Christ Holy Church on the 17th day of May 1987, at 9:30-10:30 in the morning during the Mindanao Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church at the Spottswood Methodist Center, Kidapawan, North Cotabato.
Brother Leo Soriano was elected to the episcopacy of The United Methodist Church by the Philippine Central Conference last December 15, 2000 and was consecrated as bishop of The United Methodist Church at around 11:30 in the evening of December 17, 2000 at Wesleyan University-Philippines, Cabanatuan City.
He was re-elected to the episcopacy in 2004 and in 2008 giving him 12 years service as bishop of The United Methodist Church assigned to supervise the Davao Episcopal Area.
He retired as an active bishop of The United Methodist Church by the Philippine Central Conference last December 16, 2012, at Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya.
Through the grace of God, He has ministered faithfully as local pastor, missionary doctor, district superintendent, administrative assistant to the DEA office in the name of Christ at places where he has been appointed to served and throughout the worldwide United Methodist constituency as member of the Council of Bishop..
The Philippine Central Conference honored him during the closing session of the Philippine Central Conference last December 16, 2012 at Bayombong, Nueva Vizacya.
The East Mindanao Philippines Annual Conference held a memorable worship service in celebration of his ministry and gave thanks to the One who has granted the harvest and to Bishop Leo A. Soriano who has been a faithful and tireless laborer for the Gospel.
The worship service was followed by farewell program as their expression of their prayerful support to his new ministry after retirement. We believe that their is a fruitful ministry for him after his retirement from the episcopacy. God bless his plans, and his family.