Dr. Erlinda N. Senturias was born in Buendia-Sandejas, Pasay City on March 1948. She is the 2nd child of Mr. Pedro Goco Nable, Jr. (deceased), a Rancher/Security Guard and Mrs. Rosita Perea Nable, a House Manager. She finished her elementary education at Calapan Central School, Mindoro in 1959 where she received “First Honorable Mention Award”, and graduated high school in 1963 at Oriental Mindoro High School, where she also received “First Honorable Mention Award”. She represented her school in the National GSP Encampment in Daliao, Davao City in March 1963 being the troop leader of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP) in their school. After graduating from high school, she studied Bachelor of Science in Pre-Medicine at Silliman University in Dumaguete City in 1963-1967. She has been a consistent recipient of the class honors award from 1963-1965. She received her Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Sto. Tomas, Manila in 1972.
In 1974-1977 she trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Quirino Memorial General Hospital (QMGH) in Quezon City. She served as school physician and health and Spanish instructor at the Divine Word College in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. As soon as she passed the board examination for physician, she opened up a private practice in San Jose. She also became the University Physician in U.P. Health Services, Diliman, Quezon City from 1977-1978. In 1978, she helped organized the National Ecumenical Health Concerns Committee (NEHCC) which later on became part of the official program of the Commission on Development and Social Concerns of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) with headquarters in Quezon City. She was employed at NCCP as National Coordinator of NEHCC from April 1980 to February 1989.
On July 21, 1989, she joined the World Council of Churches staff in Geneva as Programme Secretary of the Christian Medical Commission of the World Council of Churches. Following the restructuring of WCC in 1992, she became the Executive Secretary for Health and Healing at the Programme Unit II (Churches in Mission: Health, Education and Witness of WCC until July 20, 1997. Many people knew her here and abroad for her work as member of the Editorial Committee for CONTACT, a bimonthly publication of health and healing of the World Council of Churches. She was elected as Moderator of the Christian Medical Commission and a rounding member of the Medical Action Group, Inc. in 1982-1989. She became the National Secretary of the National Christian Women’s Association in 1986-1988, and a member of the International Advisory Committee for the World Alliance for Breast-feeding Action (WABA). Until now, she still serves as alternate member of Europe of the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS.
Dr. Senturias assumed office as the first woman president of Southern Christian College on August 1, 1997. She began her presidency in SCC with an organizational diagnosis involving different units/departments and student councils. She also initiated the formulation of the vision, mission, goals and objectives of the school. The significant and memorable accomplishments and improvements she has initially done to SCC include the collective bargaining agreement with Faculty and Staff Association and participation of faculty and staff in decision making. Her responsibilities include holding on to the Endowment Fund (Scholarship and General Fund), Feed mill, Outlet, College Hill, and Ilbocean as auxiliary serving divisions of SCC. The presence of Dr. Senturias in SCC boost for the continuing support of UBCHEA for faculty and Staff development and opening up of new opportunities for funding. The historical tie with EZE for projects is being continued and the notable birth of the Institute for Peace and Development Studies established in 1999. In 2000, the construction of the 3-storey and rooftop Technical Vocational Education Center was made possible. The SCC News of which Dr. Senturias as the Editor in Chief, makes SCC visible in various internal and external organizations locally and internationally by giving information about the events and accomplishments of the school.
Dr. Senturias strives hard in making SCC’s commitment to church and society a reality. A Partnership Agreement with the Department of Agrarian Reform – Special Zone on Peace and Development for the Joint Project Development and Management of the Rajah Buayan Agrarian Reform Community was coined on March 2000. Dr. Senturias as President of SCC represents the school in various organizations like CONCORD (Consortium of Christian Organizations for Rural-Urban Development) where she was elected as member of the Board of Trustees in 1998 and President in 1999. In 1999-2000, she was the Vice President of the Cotabato Rural Uplift Movement (CORUM). She was also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Association of Christian Schools and Colleges (ACSC) in 1999 for a term of three years.
Dr. Senturias is married to Pastor Alvaro Odtojan Senturias, Jr., a Peace Advocate, a Pastor of the Sta. Cruz United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) and a Peace Consultant of the Institute for Peace and Development Studies of Southern Christian College since 1999-2005.
The couple has two children and the eldest Yasmin Suzanne is an alumna of U.P. who is now in Yale University, New Haven, USA to sub-specialize in Developmental-Behavioural Pediatrics from 2000-2003. The youngest, Alvaro “Troi” is an economic student of the University of Geneva and a Swiss citizen since March 1999.