Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church
Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church is a Christian denomination in south India, which was established in 1919 and has approximately 200,000 members. Its headquarters is in Trichy, Tamil Nadu. It is one of the prominent mainline Lutheran churches in Tamil Nadu. Arunothayam is a monthly magazine released by this church.
On 14 January 1919, the Tamil congregation of different German, Danish and Swedish Lutheran missions, joined together to form the Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church (TELC). In March 1921, the constitution of the TELC was amended to include the structure of episcopacy. In 1921, a Swedish missionary Rev. Dr. Ernst Heuman, was ordained as the first bishop of the TELC. The bishop of TELC hold the title Bishop of Tranquebar. In 1956, Dr. R B Manickam became the first Indian to be ordained as the bishop of TELC.
The Bishops have the title Bishop of Tranquebar. It belongs to the Lutheran World Federation. The Leipzig Evangelical Lutheran Mission and Church of Sweden Mission were active in the area of Trichy in the 19th century and are still active there today. This Lutheran church comes under United Evangelical Lutheran Church in India,
President TELC & Bishop of Tranquebar
1. 1921-1926 Rt.Rev.Dr.Ernst Heuman
2. 1927-1934 Rt.Rev.Dr. David Bexell
3. 1934-1956 Rt.Rev.Dr. Johannes Sandegren
4. 1956-1967 Rt.Rev.Dr.Rajah Bushanam Manikam
5. 1967-1972 Rt.Rev.Dr.A. Carl Gustav Diehl
6. 1972-1975 Rt.Rev.A.John Satyanadhan
7. 1975-1978 Rt.Rev.Lasarus Easter Raj
8. 1978-1993 Rt.Rev.Dr.Jayseelan Jacob
9. 1993-1999 Rt.Rev.Dr.Jubilee Gnanabaranam Johnson
10. 1999-2009 Rt.Rev.Dr. Thaveedu Aruldoss
11. 2009-2013 Rt.Rev.Dr. H.A. Martin
12. 2013- Rt.Rev.Dr.S Edwin Jayakumar
Famous churches of TELC
2. TELC Ratchagar Church. Tiruvallur (த.சு.லு.தி இரட்சகர் ஆலயம், திருவள்ளூர்)
4. TELC Christ Church, Tambaram - 45
5. TELC Christ Church, Thiruvotriyur, Chennai-600019
6. TELC Arulnathar Church, Kilpauk, Chennai
7. TELC Anbunathar Church, Annanagar, Chennai
8. TELC Holy Redeemer's Church, Madurai
8. TELC Emmanuel Church, Mayiladuthurai
11. New Jerusalem Church,Nadukottai, Thirumangalam, Madurai. Tamil Nadu
12. TELC Salvation Church, Madurai
13. TELC Zion Church, Trichy-8.
14. TELC Christ Church, Anaimalai.
15. TELC World Saviour Church-Uluthukkupai, Mailaduthurai
16. TELC Pavanasar Lutheran Church - Bangalore.
17. TELC Ziegenbalg Jubilee Church - Sirkali
18. TELC Pavasar Lutheran Church - Chidambaram
19. TELC St.Paul's Church, Sengaraiyur
21. TELC Bethlehem Church, (TBML College) Porayar
22. TELC Arulnathar Church, Tirukattupalli
24. TELC Arockianathar Church, Thirupputhur, Sivagangai Dist
25. த.சு.லு.தி கதிராலயம், பாண்டுர்
26. TELC Holy Cross Church, Chengalpattu
27. TELC Holy Comforter Church, Thanjavur
28. TELC Ebineaser Church, Villupuram
29. TELC Arulnathar Church, Kinathukadavu (த.சு.லு.தி. அருள்நாதர் ஆலயம், கிணத்துக்கடவு)
30. TELC Karunainathar Church Kinathukadavu (த.சு.லு.தி. கருணைநாதர் ஆலயம், கிணத்துக்கடவு)
31. TELC Bethel Church, Perambur, Chennai-11
32. TELC Arulnathar Church, Tirupur
33. TELC Abishegha Nathar Church, Annamangalam,Perambalur-district.
TELC College & School
2. TELC Teacher Training Institute(Male), Tranqubar
3. TELC Teacher Training Institute(Female), Usilampatti
4. TELC ELM Hr Sec School, Chennai
5. TELC Kabis Hr Sec School, Pandur
6. TELC Girls Christian Higher Secondary School, Thanjavur
7. TELC Middle School, Thanjavur
8. TELC SR BERGENDAL GIRLS HR SEC SCHOOL, KINATHUKADAVU
9. TELC PRIMARY SCHOOL, KINATHUKADAVU
10. TELC MIDDLE SCHOOL, KARUNAKARAPURI, KINATHUKADAVU
TELC related Seminaries
- Gurukul Lutheran Theological College and Research Institute, Chennai.
- Tamil Nadu Theological Seminary (TTS), Madurai.
- United Theological College (UTC), Bangalore.
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