Rev. Juan B. Cabanting was born in Luna, Burgos, Ilocos Sur, Philippines in the simple home of Mateo Cabanting and Anacleta Biano on May 15, 1932. He was the second child of their four children, namely Maria (deceased), Juan, Severiano(deceased) and Alejandro.
Juan finished his elementary education in Luna Elementary School, Luna, Burgos, Ilocos Sur. He took up his secondary course in Sta. Lucia Academy, Sta. Lucia, Ilocos Sur. During his early years as a teenager, he was called to serve in the Lord's vineyard and he wholeheartedly accepted that call. He was 19 years old when he first served as a pastor of the Methodist Church. He patiently and joyfully served wherever he was sent, even in the smallest of churches. He eagerly embraced each opportunity he was given to continue his studies. He was thankful for the opportunity to take up Bachelor of Theology where he graduated in Union Theological Seminary, Dasmarinas, Cavite in 1962.
In the early years of his ministry, he met Willie Galinta who became his cherished lifetime partner. She graduated as a Deaconess at Harris Memorial College in Manila. They were married on September 12, 1963. Juan and Willie worked together as church workers in the Lord's vineyard for many years. They were blessed with two children, namely Naulie and Miriam May, who were their inspiration while they were in their ministry.
As time went on, they encountered trials and challenges along the way, but they were always willing to go wherever the Lord would lead them. One such challenge was to move and be of service under the jurisdiction of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines in 1972. They had to trust the Lord to take care of their needs and their children's education; and the Lord was faithful! Their eldest, Naulie, is now a Civil Engineer and works as a City Planning Officer in the City of Candon, Ilocos Sur. Miriam May who graduated with the course of Bachelor of Sciance in Business Administration, Major in Banking and Finance, served in the banking industry for 15 long years and is presently employed in the City Treasurer's Office in the City of Candon as one of its Administrative Officers.
Rev. Juan Cabanting continued to serve His Creator as a Pastor for forty three years until he humbly retired from work in 1994. However, not one to waste his time, he joyfully helped his home church in Tamurong UCCP while he continued to serve as a School Administrator of the UCCP Kindergarten School at the Candon Memorial Church, Candon City, Ilocos Sur.
Juan was well respected and beloved in the community and was often asked to serve in other capacities. He was an active member and officer in different non-government and civic organizations. He was Past Worshipful Master of the Free and Accepted Masonry of the Philippines-Lam-ang Lodge#164; President of the Ilocos Sur Lion's Club International; President of Candon Region Ecumenical Fellowship are just among the few.
While he served the UCCP, Candon Memorial Church, he extended his services as Barangay Secretary and was an active member of the Peace & Order Council of Brgy. San Jose, Candon City, Ilocos Sur.
One of the major trials the Lord asked Juan to endure was a heart ailment which caused his physical condition to deteriorate. This led to a heart-by-pass surgery. After the surgery he was mostly confined to his home and had to be cared for, but he continued to serve others through the ministry of prayer. One time the family joked that he caused an earthquake because the earth started shaking shortly after he had begun his prayer. He was given an additional 13 years to live after the surgery and only Heaven knows how many souls benefitted from his prayer ministry during that time. The Lord took him home to live with Him forever at 11:00 AM on May 17, 2012, two days after his 80th birthday celebration. At the moment of death, as Juan was able to see into eternity, he suddenly had a big smile on his face. One can only wonder what he saw, but he surely heard the words of his Savior saying, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” He peacefully and confidently left behind his loving wife-Willie, children-Naulie and Miriam May, daughter-in-law, Carolyn and grandchildren-Jessa Keith, Karl Louis and Lester Adrian and all of his relatives and friends whom he loved and have loved him very dearly.
The Lord blessed him with 80 long and fruitful years and another two days to live in this world. He spent those days steadfastly serving His Creator with great faith and trust in the Lord. In Psalms 37:25 it says, "I was young and now I am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread." He strongly leaned upon this verse in his sincere and truthful service to God and mankind. In this, we see clearly a testimony in the life of our beloved, the late Rev. Juan B. Cabanting.