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
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
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
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.
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.