Rene and Thelma Sta. Ana

United States

Service Area: City

Ministry Focus

In the year 1988 the Word of Life was brought to the Filipinos in the Edison/Jersey City area of New Jersey when Rene established house prayer meetings.

In 1999 a church was established that expanded from Jersey City with outreach to Mays Landing (south of Jersey City), New York City, New London and Bridgewater, Connecticut.

In the year 2006 the Lord led Rene and Thelma into something new and different. God blessed their work and another church was established called In Christ Jesus Workmanship Ministries.

Rene and Thelma were appointed with Missions Door in 2007 to plant churches, working with and being helped by pastors in the Northeastern United States. They are excited to be serving Jesus Christ in New Jersey.

Faith Story

“My son, do not forget my law, but let your heart keep my commands; for length of days will be added to you. Let not mercy and truth forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart, and so find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man.” Proverbs 3:1-4

These words had a tremendous impact on Rene at a retreat with Thelma in 1984 in the Philippines. The entire Word of God changed them – from the knowledge that God existed to knowing Him in an intimate and personal way, as He reveals Himself in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ. God’s Word continued to work in their lives, and their worship and service to Him was never the same again!


Coming to America was Thelma’s life-long dream. Waiting 18 years for that to happen, she was blessed to meet Rene and marry him in June, 1975. Rene and Thelma have one grown daughter: Stephane.