Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church

Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church is a Christian denomination in south India, which was established in 1919[1] and has approximately 200,000 members.[2] Its headquarters is in Trichy, Tamil Nadu.[1] 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.[3]

Bishop Johnson Gnanabaranam

The Bishops have the title Bishop of Tranquebar.[4] It belongs to the Lutheran World Federation.[2] 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, [5]

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

1. TELC Holy Trinity Cathedral, Tiruchirappalli ()

2. TELC Ratchagar Church. Tiruvallur (த.சு.லு.தி இரட்சகர் ஆலயம், திருவள்ளூர்)

3. TELC Adiaikalanathar Church, Chennai

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

10. TELC New Jerusalem Church, Tranquebar (Tharangambadi)

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

20. TELC World Saviour Church, Pollachi (The children home run by TELC in Pollachi was sealed by police after the rape incident of two girls staying in the home.[6])

21. TELC Bethlehem Church, (TBML College) Porayar

22. TELC Arulnathar Church, Tirukattupalli

23. TELC Saint John Church, Tiruchirappalli

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

1. TBML College, Porayar.

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





  1. 1 2 United Evangelical Lutheran Church in India - Member Churches at the Wayback Machine (archived April 22, 2009)
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  3. Vethanayagamony, Peter (15 December 2009). "The Lutheran Churches of India". Lutheran Forum. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  4. Presbyterian Life. 12. United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America. 1959. p. 17. Retrieved 2013-10-30.
  5. United Evangelical Lutheran Church in India at the Wayback Machine (archived July 28, 2011)
  6. http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/telc-rapes-transgressions-were-waiting-to-happen/article6114065.ece
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  8. "TTS site". Retrieved 28 October 2013.
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