I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who have given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service
1 Timothy 1:12
Greetings in the precious name of our Lord.
The first Presbyter Ordination of St. Thomas Evangelical Church of India was held on March 27, 1963 at Thymala, Thiruvalla. Rev. Dn. P. P. Thomas, Rev. Dn. A. M. Mathew, Rev. Dn. K. M. Abraham, Rev. Dn. A. M. Abraham, Rev. Dn. C. V. Varghese, Rev. Dn. A. I. Alexander and I were ordained as presbyters by Most Rev. K. N. Oommen and Rt. Rev. P. John Varghese in the presence of then Achens, Evangelists, Sevinis and a large number of believers. Among the seven; Rev. P. P. Thomas, Rev. A. M. Mathew, Rev. A. M. Abraham and Rev. C. V. Varghese went to be with the Lord after finishing their race and completing their ministry. The remaining three; Bishop A. I. Alexander, Rev. K. M. Abraham and I continue in the ministry the Lord has entrusted us though retired from active service and responsibilities.
A special thanksgiving service will be held to joyfully remember our Lord’s faithfulness in our lives and Pastoral Ministry for the last 50 years on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 10 AM (IST) at the Central Chapel, Manjady, Thiruvalla. Your prayers and presence are earnestly solicited. Please do come and join us to celebrate Lord’s faithfulness.
Yours In His Service,
Very Rev. P. M. Samuel