Rev. Proculo A. Rodriguez was born in Cantilan, Surigao on December 10, 1895. He studied at Silliman University, Dumaguete City; Union Theological Seminary, Manila; Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut; and Drew University, Madison, New Jersey. In 1952 he was awarded the first honorary Doctor of Divinity degree conferred by Silliman University.
For more than fifty years of Bishop Rodriguez’ ministry spanned nearly the entire history of the Protestant movement in the Philippines, especially in Mindanao. Before his retirement in 1960, he helped the Church in Mindanao to grow from two small mission congregations to more than 220 local congregations with 25,000 members, gathered into five District Conferences of the United Church in the Philippines. When he served as pastor of the Cagayan, Misamis Oriental congregation, it became the first fully self-supporting Protestant congregation in the country. Throughout his ministry he encouraged a strong sense of stewardship among the congregations.