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Pentecostal Communities

     1.    The Indian Pentecostal Church of God

Address: Kumbanad, Pathanamthtta Dt., Kerala-689 547. Ph: 0473-664765.

          The Church: The Indian Pentecostal Church of God was founded by Pastor K.E.Abraham in 1924 at Mulakuzha, Chengannur.

K.C.Cherian [Vettiya],

P.M.Samule [Keekozhoor]

K.M.Zachariah [Punnakkad],

K.C.Oommen [Kumbanad] and

P.T.Varghese [Chethakkal] were his associates.

             

                       By the end of 1926, the Church had spread into Travancore, Cochin, Malabar, Madras Province, Mysore State, Hyderabad State and some places in North India.  In 1934, the regional representatives of the Church met at Kumbanad and decided to delete the word ‘South’ from the name of the Church. The Church was registered with the government of India under the Societies Act at Eluru, Andhra Pradesh. There are 3,500 IPC Churches and more than five lakhs people. General convention of the Church is held every year in January at Kumbanad.

The Founder: Pastor K.E.Abraham was born on March 1, 1899 at Mulakuzha.  At the age of 16, he was baptised in water. On completing his education at Chengannur, Abraham began his career as a school teacher.  In January 1924, Abraham began the Pentecostal work in his native place, Mulakazha. In May, 1930 he shifted his residence from Mulakazha to Kumbanad.  Next month he started the Hebron Bible School at Kumbanad.

Administration: The governing body of the Church consists of four executive and 74 members.

Officials:

President: Pastor T.S.Abraham, Hebron, Kumbanad, Kerala 689547. Ph: 0473-664355®, 0473-668108 (O);

Vice President: Pasotr D.John Sunder Rao, Zion Hall, Hyderabad, A.P.-500 029. Ph: 040-596306;

General Secretary: Pastor K. M. Joseph, Chanjody, Kunnumpuram, Changanacherry.

Treasurer Bro.Joseph Thanikal

The Church is divided into 20 regions.  Each region has its own council.

Andhra Pradesh:

President: Pastor Ch. Sudarshanam, India Pentecostal Church, Jail Road, Gollallapalem, A.P.-531 001.

Secretary: Pastor P. Noel Samuel, Zion Bible college, Gunadala, Vijaywada, A.P.-520 004.  Local Churches-660, Pastors-372.

2.    Assemblies of God

Address: Assemblies of God, P.B.9, Schenkottai, Tamil Nadu-627 809. Ph: 04633-33137, 34343.

General Superintendant: Dr. Y.Jayaraj;

Asst.Superintendants:

Dr.P.C.Sammuel,

Dr.T.C.George,

Rev. Kuma; Secretary:

Rev.T.J.Samuel; Treasurer:

Rev. Hanock Ghose;

Statistics: Ministers-3036, Outstations-3427, Bible Schools-65, Orphanages-14, Membrs-334165.

History: The General Council of Assemblies of God was founded in USA in 1914. Mrs.Mary Chapman, the first missionary reached India in 1915.  She stayed at Chennai and in 1921 shifted her residence to Thiruvananthapuram.  Pentecost Kahalam official publication of the Assemblies of God was started in 1925.  Bethel Bible School at Mavelikara was founded in 1927.  Mrs. Chapman dies in 1927.  The administration of the Assemblies came to the hands of Indians. The entire Assemblies in India is divided into three General Council they are: North, South and East India Assemblies of God.  These General Councils together form the Assemblies of God of India (AGI) which was formed in 1995.  There is an executive committee for the administration.

North India: 

General Superintendent: Dr.P.C.Samuel, Assemblies of god, Hardor, U.P.

Assistant Superintendent: Rev.Robert Jairaj

Secretary: Rev. Pappy Mathai, Assemblies of God, Mahatma Gandhi Marg, Lucknow-1.,U.P.

East India:

General Superintendent: Rev.Lotha, Assemblies of God, Bible College, Dimapur, Nagaland.

South India:

General Superintendent: Rev.Dr.P.C.George, P.B.8476, Banglore-560 084. Ph: 080-5462771.

Assistant Superintendent: P.S.Rajamani.

General Secretary: Rev.P.S.Philip, Bethel Bible College, Punalur, Kerala-691 305. Ph: 0475-223422

         Each General Council is autonomous and independent.  They are divided into districts.  They are further divided into regions and sections.  The local Assemblies together form a section.  Those in charge of a section are called Presbyter.  They are elected by the pastors and church representatives of that section. The South India General Council was formed in 1947.  There were three districts.  Today the South India Council ahs eight districts consisting of the states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. The first Superintendent from Kerala was Pastor A.C.Samuel.  He was succeeded by C.Kunjumman, Rev.Y. Jairaj and T.C.George, Rev.C.Kunjumman was the first general secretary.  He succeeded P.D.Johnson (1980-’90), T.J.Samuel (1990-’95) and P.S.Philip (1995-).  Address: Rev. P.S.Philip, P.B.53, Punalur, Kerala-691 305, Ph: 0475-224880, 223422.

Institutions

Assemblies of God has Bible Colleges through out India.  It has got a hospital at Calcutta, 125/1 Park Street.  It has got an industrial School and twelve schools at Senkottai.

3.    Church of God (Full Gospel) in India

Headquarters: Church of God (Full Gospel) Cleveland, Tennessee, U.S.A.

The Church: Church of God (Full Gospel) is an international Pentecostal Church spread over 150 countries with 45 million registered members. One of the founders of the Church, J.G.Ingram came to India 1936.  Here he met Robert F.Cook of Malankara Full Gospel Church.  Cook joined the new group with 66 local Churches, 43 pastors and 2537 believers.

Christian Population: 40,000.  Total No. of Pastors: 520, Languages: English, Malayalam and Hindi.

Regions: The Church of God has spread throughout India.  Mount Zion, Mulakuzha, Alappuzha was the headquarters in the beginning.  In 1972, the Church was divided into seven autonomous regions.  Each region is under a state overseer.

The regions and their overseers:

·   Church of God (Full Gospel) in India, Mount Zion, Mulakazha P.o., Alappuzha Dt., Kerala-689 505. Ph: 0479-452258. Fax: 0479-451981.  Overseer: Rev.K. C. John. Assistant Overseer. Pastor. M. Kunjappy.

·   Church of God  (Full Gospel)   in IndiaPakil,  Kottayam, Kerala.  Overseer: Rev. Sunny Varkey.

·   Church of God (Full Gospel) in India, Purushawakkom, Chennai.  Overseer: Rev.Wellesley Solomon.

·   Church of God (Full Gospel) in India, Central West Region, Mumbai, Overseer: Rev.A.Amathai.

·   Church of God (Full Gospel) in India, Central East Region, Calcutta, Overseer: Rev.K.M.Thankachan.

·   Church of God (Full Gospel) in India, Northern Region, Chandigarh. Overseer: Rev.N.M.Nisad.

·         Church of God (Full Gospel) in India, Kakinada, A.P.

                    The region headed by Rev.K. C. John is the continuation of the Malankara Full Gospel Church that joint the international movement.  The members of this Church belong to the Syrian Christians of Kerala. Those who joined the Church through the missionary efforts remain separate with a different overseer.

Convention: General convention of the Church is held at Convention Stadium, Thiruvalla, Kerala.  The convention was started in 1923 by Rev.Robert Cook.

Institutions

4.    Church of God in India (Merged with Church of God (Full Gospel) in India)

Address: Church of God in India, Kumbanad P.O., Thiruvalla, Pathanamthitta Dt., Kerala-689 547. Ph: 0473-665431.

The Church: Church of God in India, Kumbanad was founded by Robert F.Cook, an Americal Full Gospel missionary in 1914.

He baptised 63 people at Thuvayoor, Adoor, Kerala and established the Church.  Later it spread to other parts of the country.  In 1936 it was affiliated to Church of God (Full Gospel) in India.  In 1994 there was an informal split in the Church.  Church of God in India, Kumbanad remained separate. There is a legal dispute regarding this at Mavelikkara court.

The Church has 15,000 members and 125 pastors.

Convention:  The annual convention is held at Bethel ground, Kumbanad.  The first convention was held in 1923.

Head of the Church: Pastor M.A.Elias (March 31, 1948-)

Officials:

Secretary: Pastor Thomas George. Ph: 0473-692341.

Treasurer: Dr.P.Tyohannan. Ph: 0473-666299. 

Educational Director: Pastor P.G.Mathew. Ph: 0473-665431.

Evangelism Director: Pastor M.C.Mathai. Ph: 0473-342614. 

Youth and Sunday School Director: Pastor George Varghese. Ph: 0473-342614.

Administration: The Church is governed by a council of 24 members.  They are elected by the general body of the Church that meets biannually.  The international headquarters is at Cleveland, Tennessee, U.S.A.

Districts and Pastors: 

Kumbanad (Pastor P.G.Mathew. Ph: 0473-665431),

Pathanamthitta (Pastor T.M.Thomaskutty. Ph: 0473-35221),

Kottayam (Pastor V.A.Thomas),

High Range (Pastor K.C.Varghese. Ph: 0486-882285,

Pathanapuram (Pastor M.A.John. Ph: 0473-344378),

Punalur (Pastor P.G.Samuel. Ph: 0475-225132),

Adoor, (Pastor Thomas George. Ph: 0473-692341),

Ernakulam (Pastor P.C.Abraham. Ph: 0481-571436),

Thiruvananthapuram (Pastor A.V.Varghese. Ph: 0471-541859),

Neyyattinkara (Pastor John Thomas. Ph: 0471-437313),

Malabar Region (P.C.Abraham. Ph: 0481-571436). 

Outside Kerala Region (Bombay-P.C.Abraham)

Institutions

Bethel Bible Institute, Kumbanad. P.O., Thiruvalla, Pathanamthitta Dt., Kerala. Ph: 0473-665933.

Publication

Jyothimargom, Kumbanad P.O., Thiruvalla, Pathanamthitta Dt.,

5.    New India Church of India

Address: Bethesda Nagar, Chingavanam P.O., Kottayam Dt., Kerala-686 531. Ph: 0481-430329, 431637

The Church: New India Church of God is an indigenous New Testament church established in 1976.  Pastor Thampi is the founder president.  The Church has units in Kerala, Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Andhrapradesh, Orissa, Bengal and Nepal.

The Church has 50,000 members, 528 pastors, 42 sisters and 200 trainees.

Head of the Church: Pastor V.A.Thampy, founder of the Church was born in 1941 at Beelamperoor, Kuttanad, Alappuzha Dt., Kerala.  He had his Bible studies at Bethel Bible College, Punalur.  Then traveled all over Kerala and preached Gospel.

Officials:

President: Pastor V.A.Thampy;

Vice President: Pastor M.K.Abraham;

General Secretary: Pastor R.Abraham;

Committee Membrs: Pastor T.A.Thomas, Pastor T.M.Kuruvilla, Pastor V.O.Thomas.

Administration:  New India Church of God is divided into two regions.  Southern and Northern regions. Southern region is headed by Pastor V.A.Thampy and the Northern region by R. Abraham, General Secretary of Church.

Convention:  National Convention of the New India Church of God is held at Chingavanam, Kottayam Dt., Kerala. During the second week of January.  Northern regional convention is held in the third week of November at Regional headquarters, New Delhi.

Institutions

·        Bethesda Bible Institute, Bahadurgarh, Haryana.

·        Bethesda Bible Institute, Bhubaneswar, Orissa.

·        Bethesda Bible Institute, Nagpur, Maharashtra.

·        Bethesda Bible Institute, Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu.

·        Bethesda Bible Institute, Hyderabad, A.P.

·        Bethesda Bible Institute, Kattakkada, Trivandrum, Kerala-695 572

·        Bethesda Bible Institute, Chingavanam, Kottayam Dt., Kerala-686 531.

·        Bethesda Bible Institute, Ponda, Goa.

Schools

Bethesda Christian Academy, Hapur, U.P.

Bethesda Christian Academy, Takenpur,M.P.

Bethesda Tailoring Institute, Ballia, U.P.

Bethesda Tailoring School, Chingavanam, Kerala-686 531.

Bethesda Tailoring School, Bheemanadi, Kasargodu Dt., Kerala-671314.

Poor Home

Bethesda Destitute Home, Chingavanam, Kottayam Dt., Kerala-686 531.

6.    New India Bible Church

Address: New India Bible Church, P.B.2, Pallickachira Kavala P.O., Changanacherry, Kottayam Dt., Kerala-686 537. Ph: 0473-630333. Fax: 0473-630685.

The Church: New India Bible Church was founded in 1973 by Rev.Thomas Philip, Pastor Abraham Mathew and Rev. George Philip at Paippad, Kumbanad, Thiruvalla, Kerala. The Church has 125 local communities.  They are divided into 14 centers.  The strength of the Church is 8,500.

The Founder: Rev.Thomas Philip was born at Paippad on Nov.8, 1938.  A teacher by professions, he started a Sunday School at Paippad in 1969.  This centre was later developed into a Bible College.  The students from this college started a church at Kombady near Thiruvalla in 1973.  This is the beginning of New India Bible Church. He is the President of the Church and Vice-Principal of the Bible College.  He is the General secretary of Kerala Pentecost Fellowship from 1989.

Administration: New India Bible Church Council is the governing body. It has 14 members.

President: Rev.Thomas Philip, Omacheril Grace Bhavan, Thiruvalla R.S. P.O, Kerala-689 111. Ph: 0473-630544. Fax: 0473-630685.

General Secretary: Pastor N.C.Joseph, New India Bible College, Pallicakachira Kavala P.O., Changanacherry, Kottayam Dt., Kerala-686 537.

Institutions

Bible College

New India Bible College, Paippad, P.B.2, pallickachira Kavala P.O., Changanacherry, Kottayam Dt., Kerala-686 537.

Tailoring Schools

New India Tailoring School, Paippad, Changanacherry, Kottayam Dt., Kerala-686 537.

New India Tailoring School, Kumbanad, Pathanamthitta Dt., Kerala-689 547.

New India Tailoring School, Wynad, Kerala-670 001.

Social Service

Orphanage

Boy’s Haven, New India Bible Seminary, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala-695 001.

Boy’s Haven, Paippad, Changanacherry, Kottayam Dt., Kerala-686 537.

7.    Sharon Fellowship Church

Address: Thiruvalla, Pathanamthitta Dt., Kerala-689 101. Ph: 0473-630686. Fax: 0473-630686.

The Church: Sharon Fellowship Church was founded in 1953 by Dr.P.J.Thomas.  Following university education in India, he went abroad for higher studies and became Professor in Wheaten College, Illinois.  He returned to India and founded Sharon Bible College in 1953 to equip young people for missionary work. The Churches started by the graduates of the college came to be known as ‘Sharon Fellowship Churches’.

Pastors J.Varghese, T.K.Thomas, K.C.Cherian, P.K.Abraham, P.U.Varghese, E.C.Mathew, K.A.Abraham, Aleyamma Thomas, P.U.Susamma and Mary Mathew were founder leaders of the Church.

Head of the Church:  Dr.T.G.Koshy is the head of the Church.  He was born at Manakala, Adoor on May 26, 1933.  He had his theological studies at South Western Assemblies of God College, Dallas, Texas.  Transylvania Bible College conferred on him the degree of Doctor of Divinity.  He started the Faith Theological Seminary in 1970.

Other office bearers are:

Vice President-Pastor P.V.Eapen,

General Secretary-Pastor C.V.John,

Secretaries-Dr.T.P.Abraham, Rev.John Thomas.

Regions:  The church is divided into four regions:  Kerala, Bahya Kerala, Gulf, U.S.A.

Kerala region is divided into 14 districts and 49 sections.

Bahya Kerala region consists of five regions:  Tmil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Western India, Delhi and Punjab.

Gulf region Gulf countries form the Gulf regions.  It is under the leadership of P.C.Chandy (Bahrain) and George Mathews (Dubai).

U.S.A region comprises of all American States.  The leaders are, ,

President: Rev. C.M.Titus,

Vice President; Rev.George Ommen  ,

Secretary: Johnson Oommen 

Treasurer. Raju John

Administration:  The administration of the Church is done through a Managing Council, Ministers’ Council and General Assembly.

The Managing Council  consists of the office bears of the Church and the five other members.

The Ministers’ Council consists of 21 members. 

President-Dr.T.K.Koshy,

Vice President-P.V.Eapen, P.D.Daniel,

General Secretary-Dr.T.P.Abraham,

Secretaries-Pastor C.V.John, Pastor P.G.Jacob

This council is responsible for the overall administration of the churches from local level to the highest level of the Church, including Pastors’ appointment, transfer, ordination.

General Assembly consists of all the members of the Managing council, Ministers’ council, district pastors, section pastors and lay representatives from each section and pastors’ representatives from each section.

District Assembly is headed by the District Pastor, and consist of section pastors, associate pastors, local pastors and representatives of the laymen from every local church.

The fellowship has over 950 local churches, 650 was which in Kerala.  300 in other Indian states, 15 in Gulf countries and 10 in the U.S.A Total membership is over 1,90,000.

Convention: General Convention of the Church is held during the first week of December at Thiruvalla.  This is the main convention and get-together of the leaders, pastors and members of the church.

Regional convention at Manakala, Adoor is the second largest convention of the Sharon Fellowship.  It is held in the first week of January.  Pastors and delegates from North India participate in this convention.

The North Indian Churches meet during the Pooja Holidays normally at Delhi.  The pastors and members of the Sharon Fellowship in North America assemble in the first week of July. Christian Evangelical Movement (C.E.M) is the youth wing of the Sharon Fellowship Church.

Retreat Centres

Sharon Auditorium, Thiruvalla, pathanamthitta Dt., Kerala-689 101.

Faith Theological Seminary Auditorium, Manakala, adoor, Pathanamthitta Dt., Kerala-691 523.

Doulos Theological College Auditorium, Aluva, Ernakulam Dt., Kerala-683 101.

Institutions

Bible College

Social Services

Social Service Centres

  1. Sharon Children’s Home, Kiliyanthara P.O., Kannur Dt., Kerala.
  2. Charity Children’s Home, Kidanganoor P.O., Chengannoor, Kerala.
  3. Doulos Children’s Home, T.P. Puram P.O., Vazhoor, Kottayam Dt., Kerala.
  4. Ebenezer Children’s Home, Pennukara, Kerala.

Vocational Training

Faith Tailoring School, Manakala, Adoor, Kerala-Vocational training in sewing and embroidering is given to deserving girls.

Doulos Vocatinal Training for Women, Vazhoor and Aluva, both in Kerala.

8.    Church of God in South India Association

Address: Ecclesia, P.B.2219, Kochi, Kerala-682 024 Ph: 0484-344586. Fax: 0484-344586

The Church: The Church of God was founded by Rev.D.S.Warner in Anderson at Indiana, U.S.A.and brought to India by Rev.A.D.Khan in 1910.

In India it is divided into two, Church of God in South and in North.  Local churches of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka comprises the Church of God in South India. The Church has 1250 local communities, 1200 pastors and about 2,20,000 followers in South India.

Head of the church: Rev.Dr.George Tharakan is the President of the Church of God in South India.  In 1963, while practicing medicine, he met Rev.Gorden Shick, a missionary representing Church of God movement in south India.  This meeting paved the way for Dr.Tharakan to take up the leadership of the movement.  In the beginning he served as pastor and the publication manager of Bodhini press, Chengannur.  He was ordained in 1976, and was elected secretary of the coordinating council of the

9.    Church of God in South India.

Address: Ecclesia, P.B.2219, Kochi, Kerala-682 024 Ph: 0484-344586.  Fax: 0484-344586

The Church: The Church of God was founded by Rev.D.S.Warner in anderson at Indiana, U.S.A. and brought to India by Rev..A.D.Khan in 1910.

In India it is divided into two, Church of God in South and in North.  Local Churches of Kerala,
Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka comprises the Church of God in South India.

The Church has 1250 local communities, 1200 pastors and about 2,20,000 followers in South India.

Head of the Church: Rev.Dr.George Tharakan is the President of the Church of God in South India.  In 1963, while practicing medicine, he met Rev.Gorden Shick, a missionary representing Church of god movement in South India.  This meeting paved the way for Dr.Tharakan to take up the leadership of the movement.  In the beginning he served as pastor and the publication manager of Bodhini press, Chengannur.  He was ordained in1976, and was elected secretary of the co-ordinating council of the Church of God in South India.

Administration: The territory of the Church comprises of the state of Kerala and Vilavancode taluk of Tamilnadu.  It is divided into Northern, Central and Southern regions.  The Church sends Missionaries to Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

Office bearers of the Church are elected by an electoral college, which consists of 15 council members, 15 lay people and 15 pastors.

10.                       World Missionary Evangelism of India (WME)

Address: Mount Sion, Rd.No.2, Sagar Society 67, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, A.P.-500 034. Ph: 040-3546153.

Patron: Rev.Dr.G.Kath Hart (USA)

President: Rev.Dr.Issac Kommanappally (Hyderabad).

Revenue Area: Sates of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Bihar, Orissa, Assam, Manipur, Tripura, Rajasthan and Haryana.

History: Dr.John Doughlas Sr. founded the International Pentecostal organisation, World Missionary Evangelism (WME) in 1940.  The Indian unit of WME was registered in 1969 at Hyderabad.  The India Independent Church of God founded by late Rev.C.S.Mathew at Pathanamthitta on July 12, 1947 got united with WME in 1975. The headquarters of this Church was at Kariyamplavu In Kerala.  C.S.Mathew at Pathanamthitta on July 12, 1947 got united with WME in 1975.  The headquarters of this Church was succeeded by Rev. O.M.Rajukutty.

          The Church is divided into 75 areas, each under a supervisor.  There are about 1500 ministers and 6000 congregations. WME has own church buildings at 400 places.  The total number of Christians comes around one lakh.

The WME is running 75 Doughlas memorial children’s home and 15 schools.  WME has a Leprosy Hospital at Painkulam.  WME has Bible Schools throughout India.

Radio Ministry: WME Evangelical Radio Ministry from ‘FEEBA’ Seychelles in Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi and Telugu.

Kariyamplavu Bible Convention of WME is a major celebration of the Church.  51st convention was held from January 2-10 at Kariyamplavu, Kerala, India.

 

11. Others

 

There are hundreds of other independent congregations through out Kerala. Its strength varying from 20 to 50000 members. These independent groups are formed mainly due to personal visions of individuals and some are fomed due to the dissatisfaction of the activities of the main groups.

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