Rev. Sam P. Chelladurai
Rev. Sam P. Chelladurai is one of the most respected and influential word-preachers in India. He is a Bible teacher with a heart to touch the lives of people by expounding upon the life-transforming power of God’s word.
After spending about 10 years in the United States of America, studying and later pastoring a church in North Carolina, Pastor Sam felt led by God to come back to India and continue his ministry. In 1985, he took over the leadership of Apostolic Fellowship Tabernacle in Chennai, which today is one of the fastest growing churches in India.
Pastor Sam has created a niche for the church by uncompromisingly preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which is the revelation of all blessings – spiritual, material, social and physical. He is the Principal of ‘The Full Gospel Bible College’, which trains young men and women for ministry.
He is also the Founder of ‘Campaign India’, which is designed to take the gospel to the unreached in India. His monthly publication, ‘VETRIYUM VAZHVUM’ (in Tamil) is a magazine that is being read by thousands of people and his books, CDs and DVDs and tapes are distributed around the world.
Rev. Zac Poonen
Rev. Zac Poonen is the Senior Elder of Christian Fellowship Church in Bangalore, India. He is one of the best known Christina leaders from India, highly regarded and respected across the world.
He has responsibility for a number of churches in India and abroad. He has written more than 25 books and numerous articles in English – which have been translated into many Indian and foreign languages.
He was born in an Orthodox family. He was attracted to the gospel message as he entered the Naval Academy in 1955. He finally had the assurance of salvation in 1959. He took water baptism in 1961 and had the first encounter with the Holy Spirit in 1963. Since he was associated with the Brethren church, he had trouble accepting the infilling of the Holy Spirit. But after his wife was filled with the Holy Spirit in 1969, he started praying for the same experience and was filled with the Holy Spirit in 1975.
Empowered with the presence of Holy Spirit in his life, Pastor Zac Poonen has become a Bible teacher to millions around the world through his radio program, CDs and DVDs.
Rev. Tobey Montgomery
Rev. Tobey Montgomery is an ordained bishop of the Church of God. He has been in the ministry for 24 years, the first seven of which he was solely responsible for the youth ministry of the church. In one year, under his ministry, 250 youths accepted Christ.
For 17 years he was senior pastor of The Gate Fellowship in Corona, California, where the membership reached 350.His ministry has included 10 international crusades, 6 to India and 5 to the United Kingdom. He currently serves on the Church of God/California State Evangelism Board and as an alternate to the State Council.
Pastor Tobey has been a key note speaker in IPC Kumbanad Convention many times. He also has spoken in IPC Region Conventions in the USA.
Rev. Dr. K.C. John
The words of Dr Edwin Orr, a famous revival speaker prompted John to become a born-again believer in 1955. Pastor John completed his schooling at the Government High School, Thalavady and his graduate degree at U. C. College, Alwaye, with Physics and Mathematics as majors. In response to a divine call for full time ministry, he pursued Theological studies at Shalom Bible Institute, Kottayam and Hebron Bible College, Kumbanad. He studied theology at Seattle Bible College, Seattle, Washington, USA.
In 1972 he returned from North America to the Indian sub-continent and pioneered the Gospel Centre Church at Nedumpuram in Kerala. This church has over 1,600 in attendance every Sunday.
Pastor John served as the General President of P. Y. P. A., the largest evangelical youth organisation in India, leading it for several years. Later he served as the State Secretary of the Indian Pentecostal Church of God (IPC) for Kerala for nine years and now he is the General Secretary, with its headquarters at Hebron, Kumbanad, Kerala, India.
Pastor John is the founder and chairman of PowerVision TV, India’s first indigenous, multilingual, evangelical, Christian television station, with over 50 million in viewership.
Pastor John has travelled extensively throughout India. His journeys with the Gospel have taken him to North America, Europe, Australia, Africa, Israel, the Middle East and different parts of Asia. He was a guest speaker for the World Pentecostal Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, the World Consultation on Evangelism by Evangelicals at Jerusalem, Israel and GONCIL conference in Durban, South Africa. He hosts regular shows on TV, teaching about God’s kingdom to viewership of over 50 million people.
Rev. R. Abraham
Rev. R.Abraham along with Rev. V.A. Thampi are the founders of New India Church of God. This movement was started in Kerala in 1976. He went to north India in 1980 in obedience to the call of God. Today NICOG has hundreds of churches across North India as a result of this.
As the Ministry was growing, Pastor Abraham felt the need for training young men for the ministry. In 1989 they started the first Bible Institute in the English language in a place called Bahdurgarh in Haryana. In 1996 The Bethesda Bible Institute was started in Bhubaneswar, Orissa in the Oriya language. In 1998 NICOG established a Bible School in Nagpur, Maharashtra in the Hindi language. In 1999 a Bible School was started in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu in the Tamil language.
During his extensive travel through the states of India, Pastor Abraham came across poor children starving and neglected. In places like Orissa and Madhya Pradesh some were sold as child laborers. He wanted to do something to help these children. As a result the Bethesda Children’s Home was born. In October 2000 the first Bethesda Children’s home was established with 29 children in Malanjkhand in Madhya Pradesh. It started in a rented building but they now have 4 acres of land and own building. We are planning to look after at least 50 children in this home. There are now also Children’s homes in Orissa and Goa and we are building a girls home for street girls in Nagpur, Maharashtra.
Today, Pastor R. Abraham serves as a denominational leader and a well- known speaker from India.
Rev. Noble P Thomas
Rev. Noble P. Thomas is a well- known convention speaker from India. He started his ministry at a young age and gained recognition as a convention speaker very soon. Today he also serves as the Senior Pastor of Kings Revival Church in Kozhikode.
His messages are underlined by the divine presence of Holy Spirit and a revival fire. His ministry in our conference will be a blessing.
As a boy, the preacher’s son had a dream: a church that remained open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This church would serve the inner-cities’ physical and spiritual needs, bringing a message of hope to the seemingly hopeless. The Dream Center is the fulfillment of that dream. Pastor Matthew Barnett founded The Dream Center in 1993, starting an international movement reaching from South America to Sweden.
Matthew Barnett, author of the New York Times Best Seller, The Cause within You, and pastor of one of America’s fastest growing churches, is one of the most dynamic voices God is using in Christianity today. At the age of 38, he is fulfilling the roles of people who have been in the ministry for years. Son of Pastor Tommy Barnett, best-selling author, church growth pioneer, and pastor of what Time Magazine noted as “One of the three largest churches in America,” Pastor Matthew has learned powerful principles of ministry, which have gifted him in founding The Dream Center in Los Angeles.
The Dream Center began as a typical local church. With the fresh vision and desire to impact the entire city that God birthed in Matthew’s heart, the church grew from 39 members at its conception in September of 1994, to reaching more than 50,000 people each week in the Center’s multiple services and 273 ministries and outreaches today. The Dream Center houses close to 500 people who are being rehabilitated for the glory of God. Every week people receive food and many other services are offered to meet the spiritual and physical needs of the community. As of April 2002, there have been over 130 Dream Centers launched around the world.
Pastor Matthew has spoken in some of the largest and most prestigious conventions, conferences, camp-meetings and churches throughout America and the world including Promise Keepers and Hillsong. He has consulted leading businessmen, celebrities, and athletes. President George W. Bush has endorsed him with the highest regards to his achievements, and his church has been recognized several times in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times for its contribution to the community.