About our Diocese


Church Team





 
Retired Bishops

First Bishop of East Kerala Diocese
Rt.Rev.Michael John

Bishop(Rtd.)
Rt.Rev.Dr.KJ Samuel



Diocese Officers


District Council
Name Name of Chairman Contact
» Chelachuvadu Rev. Justin Moni St.Stephan's CSI Church, Chelachuvadu
Mob:9447 917595
» Erumapra Rev. George.P.Chandran St.Luke's CSI Church, Walakom
Mob:9847 917708
» Kattappana Rev. Binu Kuruvilla Jose C.S.I church, Kattappana
Mob:9447 288205
» Konnathady Rev. K.D.Sam C.S.I Church, Konnathady
Mob:9447 980660
» Melukave Rev. Ninan Kurian St.Thomas CSI Church, Kannickal
Mob: 9446 137468
» Muvattupuzha Rev. Simon P.George St.Paul's CSI Church, Muvattupuzha
Mob: 9947 980707
» Peermade Rev. P.C.Mathukutty St.Luke's CSI Church, Koottickal
Mob:9447 828144
» Upputhara Rev. M.Rajan St.Thomas CSI Church, Karintharuvi
Mob:9744 597752
» Vandiperiyar Rev. James Mammen Holy Tinity CSI Church, Wallardie
Mob:9947 971772


Organisational Leadership

» Sunday School
Rev. Loveson George
Mob:9496 461395

» Youth Movement
Rev. Johnson V.John
Mob:9446 925625

» Women's Fellowship
Dr. Saramma Devis
Mob:9495 974820

» Choir
Mr. Manoj T.Benjamin
Mob:9605 587963

» Mission Director
Rev. K.S.Scaria
Mob:9447 820632


The Apostle of the Hills
The Church Missionary Society began work in this area in 1848 and Rev. Henry Baker Junior came as the first missionary. He is now remembered as “The Apostle of the Hills”. History tells that people from Melukavu met Rev. Henry Baker at Kottayam and said, “You must know we know nothing right. Will you teach us or not? We die like beasts and are buried like dogs! Ought you to neglect us? Cholera and fever carried off members of our family”. Henry Baker decided to move eastward and mission work started immediately. The believers were persecuted by the local King’s servants - W.S. Hunt writes,” They were made to stand in water up to their necks, kept in stocks for days, chillies rubbed in their eyes, heads tied in bags filled with large black ants and red wood ants”.

Rev. Henry Baker
And yet when let loose they learned the Gospel from the missionaries again. Unlike any other society we are “a people who grabbed the Gospel from Missionaries”.


Our People
Liberation became part of Baker’s mission and is still a major part of our work today. When he began his work, untouchability, ‘pollution by sight’ and caste distinctions prevailed and human beings were bought and sold as slaves. Inspired by God’s love, Baker spent his whole life among these people, establishing places of worship, schools and shelters for the sick and dying. These were pioneering efforts to free lower castes from a state of servitude and shame.
Freedom to learn, to enter the premises of law courts, to own property in one’s own name and freedom to worship all became realities. The new members of the Diocese are mostly from Tribal (Adivasi) and Dalit backgrounds, Tamil plantation labourers and other smaller communities. We are blessed with great cultural diversity and the richness of both Malayalam and Tamil languages. For many of these people the support and love of God’s Church is their only hope for a better and more fulfilling life.

Our Congregations
As a growing Church we have about 65,000 members in the Diocese.
Number of Churches - 237 , Mission Fields -53 , of which 3 are in the Slums of Delhi.

Our growth in 25 years is more than 3 times in terms of number of Churches and efforts for Human Resource Development in rural areas.


First Church.
St.Peter’s CSI Church, Erumapra.


Christ Cathedral Church,
Melukavu
Our Land
The Diocese consists of mountains, peaks, valleys, rivers, deciduous and evergreen forests and is home for many tribes. We are blessed with scenic beauty that attracts tourists from all over the world, including:
» Thekkady Wild life sanctuary and Thattekkadu bird sanctuaries
» Hill Stations like Munnar, Devikulam and Peerumedu
» Mountain slopes like Illikkakalu, Chellar Coil and Elaveezha Poonchira
» Idukki forest area with 51 mission fields.
» Tea gardens with challenges of agriculture and livelihood.

Life in the Tea gardens

A Typical tribal shelter.


Thekkady Wild Life

Although abundant with gifts of nature, the Diocese is also prone to natural disasters such as drought, heavy storms and land slides. The temperature in our lowlands rarely falls below 32°C but can commonly reach freezing at night in the high ranges


The Apostle of the Hills
The Church Missionary Society began work in this area in 1848 and Rev. Henry Baker Junior came as the first missionary. He is now remembered as “The Apostle of the Hills”. History tells that people from Melukavu met Rev. Henry Baker at Kottayam and said, “You must know we know nothing right. Will you teach us or not? We die like beasts and are buried like dogs! Ought you to neglect us? Cholera and fever carried off members of our family”. Henry Baker decided to move eastward and mission work started immediately. The believers were persecuted by the local King’s servants - W.S. Hunt writes,” They were made to stand in water up to their necks, kept in stocks for days, chillies rubbed in their eyes, heads tied in bags filled with large black ants and red wood ants”.

Rev. Henry Baker
And yet when let loose they learned the Gospel from the missionaries again. Unlike any other society we are “a people who grabbed the Gospel from Missionaries”.


Our People
Liberation became part of Baker’s mission and is still a major part of our work today. When he began his work, untouchability, ‘pollution by sight’ and caste distinctions prevailed and human beings were bought and sold as slaves. Inspired by God’s love, Baker spent his whole life among these people, establishing places of worship, schools and shelters for the sick and dying. These were pioneering efforts to free lower castes from a state of servitude and shame.
Freedom to learn, to enter the premises of law courts, to own property in one’s own name and freedom to worship all became realities. The new members of the Diocese are mostly from Tribal (Adivasi) and Dalit backgrounds, Tamil plantation labourers and other smaller communities. We are blessed with great cultural diversity and the richness of both Malayalam and Tamil languages. For many of these people the support and love of God’s Church is their only hope for a better and more fulfilling life.

Our Congregations
As a growing Church we have about 65,000 members in the Diocese.
Number of Churches - 237 , Mission Fields -53 , of which 3 are in the Slums of Delhi.

Our growth in 25 years is more than 3 times in terms of number of Churches and efforts for Human Resource Development in rural areas.


First Church.
St.Peter’s CSI Church, Erumapra.


Christ Cathedral Church,
Melukavu

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