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New Delhi: The Founder President of the Indian Pentecostal Church (Northern Region) and apostle to North India, Pastor K.T. Thomas (84) has gone to be with the Lord on the morning of April 11, 2011. He was born on June 18, 1927 as the firstborn of the couple, Idichandi (Thomas) and Deenamma.

Though his parents were members of the Brethren Church, K.T. Thomas was an atheist. After his school, he joined the Indian Army and started his career. On May 8, 1952 he married Marykutty. In 1953 K.T. Thomas was appointed in Central Secretariat in New Delhi. His wife fasted and prayed for the salvation of her atheist husband. On July 1, 1956 Thomas received Christ as his savior and Lord. Soon after, he got baptized by Pastor M.K. Chackochan on July 29.

When he got the vision for the Lord’s ministry, K.T. Thomas set out for the ministry without asking for his family’s permission. He started a worship service in October 1956 in their house in Moti Bagh. That was the first Pentecostal worship service in Malayalam in Delhi.

In 1969 Pastor K.T. Thomas formed IPC Northern Region and pioneered evangelism work in North India.

His leadership paved the way for expansion of gospel work of IPC in North India, now spread in different regions.

Due to old age, Pastor Thomas had entrusted his official responsibilities of the church to faithful pastors, and was spending his retired life in his home. He went to sleep as usual on April 10 (2011). Early on next morning Pastor Thomas held his wife’s hands, looked at her face and sought her leave to be with the Lord. When she knew in the spirit that it was a temporal separation, she called her son and family, and they sang a song of hope and sent him off to the eternal shore. His prayer that “Let me die like a righteous man” was fulfilled literally.

Pastor K.T. Thomas is a milestone in the history of Indian Christianity as a matchless organizer, administrator, apostle, teacher, preacher, author of books, writer, leader, artiste, song-writer, Bible scholar and one who moulded and mentored many pastors and churches. He established around 100 churches.

His children and sons and daughters in law are: Stanly Thomas and Mary Stanly (USA), Late Benjamin Thomas, Susan and Samuel John (USA), Pastor Samuel Thomas and Anita Samuel (New Delhi), Persis John and A.P. John (Gurgaon).

Funeral service is on April 16 (Saturday). The service will start at 8 a.m. in the IPC NR Headquarters andthen the funeral will be in the Christian cemetery in Prithviraj Road near Khan Market.

This page is updated on Apr 21, 2011



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