"I Was a Sinner": Henry Sy, Jr.'s Testimonial in Megachurch Goes Viral
Sunday, August 30 was the 36th anniversary of megachurch Christ's Commission Fellowship or CCF. Its senior pastor Peter Tanchi introduced one of its most prominent members Henry “Bigboy” Sy, Jr. to share his testimony on how his life has transformed from his bad boy days to a God-fearing bible-quoting man he is now.
Sy’s testimonial video quickly went viral as he narrated how COVID-19 has altered his lifestyle and, more importantly, how God has transformed his life.
In the four-minute video, Sy talked about how his family grew from humble roots to become one of the biggest and most successful conglomerates in the country. The son of the SM founder Henry Sy Sr. narrated how he tried to rationalize his reckless behavior, thinking that whatever he did was okay as long as he did not commit major sins like murder or rape. He believed he would be okay with God and will still earn a pass to heaven.
Here is the video. Sy's testimonial starts at the 33:43 mark:
Listening to how this man’s life was transformed, you could learn a thing or two about why he felt he needed Jesus to reshape his life despite his net worthof $2.2 billion, according to Forbes magazine.
Bigboy Sy is the eldest son of SM Group’s founder and namesake Henry Sy, Sr. Together with his elder sister Tessie and three younger brothers, they run one of the country’s biggest conglomerates.
Sy sits as co-vice chairman of SM Investments, chairs SM Prime, the group’s property arm and South East Asia’s biggest property developer.
Exactly one year ago, Sy gave his first public testimony at CCF. He talked about how by God’s grace, he was able to transform SMDC, a relatively dormant and undercapitalized company owned by the family, to a major property player in the region in just over a decade.
Sy also set up the Big Boss Cement company in 2017, which largely benefited from the group’s massive appetite for construction materials and was very timely in reaping the gains of President Rodrigo Duterte’s “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure programs.
Explaining that he’s not used to speaking in pubic, Sy also told the story of how SMDC worked with CCF in acquiring the 10-hectare prime property where the CCF headquarters now stands. SMDC will develop its side into a mixed use commercial and residential project while “CCF will use its 4-hectare lot to put up a Christian University and Training Academy with the vision of providing holistic world-class programs with emphasis on Christian leadership not only in business, science and education but also in biblical theology,” Sy said Sy in his 2019 remarks in last year’s anniversary celebrations.
Sy was also quick to clarify though that he did not donate the property to CCF. “I merely pointed this out to Peter who is a friend to me and has guided me unceasingly,” he said.
CCF began as an evangelistic home bible study group in 1982 in Brookside Subdivision, Cainta Rizal with only three couples. In just two years, it grew to a core group of 40 businessmen and professionals together with their families. In August 1984, the group held the first Sunday worship service as “Christ's Commission Fellowship or CCF” at the Asian Institute of Management and in subsequent years, the growth of the church allowed them to move to PICC’s Plenary Hall. In 1997, CCF moved to a much bigger venue in St. Francis’ Square in Ortigas Center.
The group moved to its current location in 2013 after acquiring the property in Frontera Verde in Pasig, with a 10,000 seating capacity. By 2019, it had over 100,000 members and 70 satellite churches nationwide. It also has satellite churches and small groups in many parts of the world, including North America, Australia, the Middle East, and Asia.