Missionary of the Week ____________________________________________________________
In February 2002, Doug and Ruth Bachorik arrived in Manila,Philippines
to join the faculty at Bob Jones
Memorial Bible College
and to start the college's music program. Both Doug and Ruth are professional
musicians and educators. Doug holds a B.S. in music education from Bob
and an M.M. in choral conducting from the University
of Oklahoma. Ruth holds a B.S. in
Bible and music from Pillsbury Baptist
She earned an M.M. in piano performance from BJU. Ruth taught private and group
piano at BJU, and then taught in private studios in Oklahoma
and Minnesota while working
regularly as an accompanist in chamber music.
Previous to the Lord calling the
Bachoriks to the Philippines,
Doug served for 5 years as head of the music department and director of choral
activities at Fergus Falls
Community College in Minnesota.
He also conducted the Otter Tail Valley Civic Orchestra. While in the States,
both Doug and Ruth served extensively in church music ministries--Doug as
music director and Ruth as church accompanist. During their deputation and
furlough travels, they have presented music workshops and sacred concerts.
Burdened for the great need for Christ-honoring, quality
sacred music in Filipino churches, Doug developed a music curriculum for BJMBC
that teaches excellent musicianship as well as a Scriptural basis for
God-honoring music. With the help of Jolea Jensen and, recently, several
short-term missionary teachers, Ruth continues to oversee the piano
instruction. The program has expanded to offer instruction on stringed
Doug has also founded New Song Ministries, a publishing and
recording ministry. NSM makes available quality Christian music recordings and
publishes new compositions and hymn arrangements for piano, voice and strings.
One of the NSM's goals is to foster Filipino composers. Both Doug and Ruth have
worked with the music program at Gospel
Light Baptist Church,
turning over most duties to Filipino musicians. They continue to serve there
and in other churches in and around the metro Manila
The Lord has blessed Doug and Ruth with five children: Alicia, Joseph,
Julia, Lydia, and Evan.