Ananda Rao Samuel
|N. D. Ananda Rao Samuel|
|Bishop in Krishna-Godavari|
|See||Church of South India|
|Predecessor||A. B. Elliott|
|Successor||T. B. D. Prakasa Rao|
|Ordination||14 June 1953|
|Consecration||12 December 1961|
|Born||29 December 1928
Machilipatnam, Andhra Pradesh
|Died||30 May 1999
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
|Previous post||Presbyter, Vijayawada|
N. D. Ananda Rao Samuel (1928–1999) was Bishop of Krishna Godavari of the Church of South India.
Ananda Rao Samuel was born on 29 December 1928 in the port town of Machilipatnam, Andhra Pradesh into a Dalit Anglican family and studied at the local Noble College during 1944 to 1949 earning the degrees of B.A. and M.A.. His parents were Smt. Namala Jemima and Sri Namala Thomas Gnanaprakasam.
The Church Missionary Society (CMS) brought about the Gospel in Machilipatnam. With the formation of the Church of South India (CSI) in 1947, the CMS got merged into the CSI. From 1950, Ananda Rao pursued a graduate degree in divinity (B.D.) at the United Theological College, Bengaluru as a candidate of the Church of South India, Diocese of Krishna-Godavari.
Later in 1959 he was made Presbyter in Vijayawada during the Bishopric of A. B. Elliott.
In 1955, he was sent to the Union Theological Seminary in the city of New York where he earned an S.T.M. in Pastoral Counselling.
After Ananda Rao returned from the Union Theological Seminary in the city of New York in 1956, he began tutoring at the Andhra Union Theological Seminary, Dornakal.
Ananda Rao played a key role in priesthood for women. As Bishop and Moderator of the Church of South India, he brought about the topic for discussion and debate at synodical platforms. In 1980, the CSI passed a resolution granting ordination for theologically-trained women.
The formation of the Joint Council of the Church of South India, Church of North India and the Mar Thoma is attributed to Ananda Rao. In Andhra Pradesh, Lutherans and Baptists could not join the Church of South India due to Lay leadership. However, Ananda Rao had been instrumental in trying to negotiate for their inclusion.
Ananda Rao participated in the Fifth Assembly of the World Council of Churches held from 23 November - 10 December 1975 in Nairobi
In 1993, he founded Pravaham in Vellore District.
Subsequent to his laying down the office of Bishop, Ananda Rao was made Senior Chaplain at the Christian Medical College & Hospital, Vellore. Later after his death in 1999, Sundar Clarke released a book on his writings on January 18, 2001 in Vellore District.
After the retirement of A. B. Elliott as Bishop in Krishna-Godavari, N. D. Ananda Rao Samuel was elected unanimously as his successor in 1961 and consecrated in the Cathedral in Eluru on 12 December 1961.
He was also elected as the Moderator of the Church of South India at a later stage.
Isaac Richard Harrison Gnanadasan
Church of South India
A. B. Elliott
|Bishop in Krishna-Godavari
Church of South India
T. B. D. Prakasa Rao
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