- V. E. Christopher
name = V. E. Christopher
Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church(AELC)| Title = Moderator/ Bishop
consecration = June 1,
Predecessor = Ch. Victor Moses
Successor = "
post = Vice-President of the AELC
date of birth = 19 January
place of birth =
Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh
date of death =
place of death=
V. E. Christopher [Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Country Packets, Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church. Internet, accessed 14 September 2008. [http://archive.elca.org/countrypackets/india/aelc.html] ] is the present Moderator / Bishop and the twelfth [See List of Presidents of AELC in Wikipedia article
Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church.] in succession of India's largest [The Lutheran World Federation, New President for India's Largest Lutheran Church. Internet, accessed 14 September 2008. [http://www.lutheranworld.org/News/LWI/EN/1760.EN.html] ] Lutheran Church, the Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church.
The Moderator's Office "(also referred to as the President's Office)" is situated in
Gunturin Andhra Pradesh.
Ernest Christopher was born into a pastoral family in
Bhimavaramin Andhra Pradeshto Rev.Vardanapu Krupadas and Smt.Bhagyamma. His father, Rev.V. Krupadas was a pastor of the AELC. ["Prema Sakshi", National Christian Telugu Monthly, August 2006.] He had his schooling in Bhimavaramand collegiate education in Rajahmundry[" Ibid.] . Later, he pursued degree studies in SriY. N. College "(an NAAC-A grade college affiliated to the Andhra University)", Narsapurin West GodavariDistrict.
Like his father, Christopher had an inclination to pursue the ultimate profession of priesthood. His Church society "(the
Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church)" readily sponsored him for his priestly studies. The AELC was then headed by Rev. Dr.S. W. Schmitthener.
Armed with a sponsorship letter from his Church society, Christopher enrolled ["
Ibid.] for the graduate degree of Bachelor of Theology( B. Th.) offered by the ecumenical Andhra Christian Theological College"(affiliated to the Senate of Serampore College (University))", Hyderabad.
The then Principal of the College was the
Cantabrigian Victor Premasagar. With disciplined faculty at ACTC, the young Christopher had a sound priestly formation. He was taught New Testament by Muriel Carder and K. David while Victor Premasagarand G. Babu Rao, taught him Old Testament, the coresubjects in any seminary or theological faculty of a University. Christopher was known to be studious and disciplined.
Ordination & Pastorship
After Christopher's ordination, his Church President, the India-born
Rev. Dr.S. W. Schmitthener posted [" Ibid.] him to East GodavariDistrict to minister in a rural parish. He also served in Lutheran parishes in Rajahmundryand Bhimavaram.
Christopher later enrolled for the degree of
Bachelor of Divinity( B. D.) at his " alma mater", the Andhra Christian Theological College, Hyderabad and upgraded himself to earn a B. D.degree.
ynod of the AELC
Rev. Christopher was twice ["
Ibid.] elected as the Synod President of the West Godavari Synod, one of the six Synods of the AELC.
In due course of time, Christopher was elected to the Vice-Presidentship ["
Ibid.] of the Church Society. Later on June 1, 2005 [" Ibid.] , he was declared elected as the President of the Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Like his predecessors, Bishop Christopher provides sound leadership to this Church Society.
Archbishop M. Joji
Bishop G. Dyvasirvadam
Bishop D. M. Prakasam----"Ecumenical Seminaries"
Andhra Christian Theological College, Hyderabad
Bethel Bible College, Guntur
Gurukul Lutheran Theological College, Chennai----"Missionary educational enterprises"
Andhra-Christian College, Guntur
Serampore College, West Bengal
St. Stephen's College, New Delhi
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