Jonathan Ansar

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His Eminence

Most Revd. Dr. Jonathan Ansar
THE METROPOLITAN ARCHBISHOP OF THE NATIONAL CHURCH OF INDIA
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Personal details
Birth name Syed Mohammed Ansar Hussain
Born (1950-12-10) December 10, 1950 (age 64)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
Residence The Metropolitan Archbishop's House, Ambala City, Haryana State, India.
Spouse Raj Prabha (1986–present)
Children 3

Archbishop Jonathan Ansar (born December 10, 1950) is a Bible teacher and preacher. He trained and sent church leaders to various field of ministry within India and abroad. He preaches and teaches through television programs in UK, India and abroad. A biography was transmitted in 2001 on ‘In Depth’ program hosted by David Aldous, aired on God TV, UK. [1][2]

Brief Background[edit]

Metropolitan Archbishop Jonathan Ansar, previously known as Syed Mohammed Ansar Hussain, was born to Abdullah and Sakina Sultan at Mumbai, India into the Royal Orthodox Muslim family. His mother is the great great granddaughter to the Last Mughal Emperor of India, Abu Zafar Sirajuddin Muhammad Bahadur Shah Zafar (popularly known as Bahadur Shah II), and great granddaughter to Mirza Jawan Bakht. He was educated in both religious and secular education.

Early Days[edit]

As a young child he was trained in Islamic Religious Education to become a "Hafiz" - one who memorizes the Koran from cover to cover. As a Muslim youth leader he opposed conversion of Muslims to Christianity and Christians preaching the Gospel in Burma. He published an article "Jesus Died in Kashmir", a two-page handout which stated that Jesus was not crucified, but instead another person who looked like him was crucified. The handout also stated that Jesus went to Kashmir, where he died a natural death and was buried.

Conversion Story[edit]

On 14 February 1970 Ansar had a vision and was hospitalized. When discharged from hospital, he decided to follow Jesus, which quickly estranged him from his family. Later while visiting a Roman Catholic church, he was refused communion. Afterward he entered a Baptist church where he was offered communion and baptised on 10 April 1970. He changed his name from Syed Mohamed Ansar Hussain to Jonathan Ansar. [3]

Christian Ministry and Life[edit]

Archbishop Jonathan Ansar with Delhi CM Arvind Kejrewal
Archbishop Jonathan Ansar witnessing and praying at Delhi CM Arvind Kejrewal
Archbishop Jonathan Ansar witnessing and praying at Delhi CM Arvind Kejrewal

He dedicated his life to Christian ministry on 5 March 1970. He attended a seminary and later studied theology. In 1974, he was ordained as a pastor to Anglican Church by Archbishop Francis Ah Mya. He worked as an Anglican priest for some time. He was baptized with the Holy Ghost on 21 October 1978, but the Church eventually suspended him because he spoke in unknown tongues.

He set up some churches in Burma. In 1980 he returned to India. For two years he worked for World Islamic Evangelization as senior advisor and preacher. He also worked as a pastor and set up more churches. He went on to work as a chaplain in a Christian Medical College, Ludhiana.

From 1986-1987 he served as chaplain of a School and priest at Church of North India, Kashmir. Jonathan commenced setting up churches from 1987-1989, after which he became chaplain of the Christian Medical College in Ludhiana, Punjab, North India, for two years. Following this, he became Senior Pastor of Christian Fellowship Centre in Bombay from 1991 to 1995 during which the church grew from a few members to well over 1,400 members.

In 1994 he founded the "Revival Crusaders International"; during that year he reached 11 states of North India. He, since preaching in over 62 nations.

He was ordained and consecrated as a Bishop in December 1995 by the Church of England. In 1997 the Anglican community in India came together and later became THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNION OF THE EPISCOPAL RENEWAL CHURCHES (ICERC). He was elected, ordained and enthroned as Archbishop in 2001 in the National Church of India.

As of 2011, he was the Metropolitan Archbishop over 44 Bishops and has around 3,006 churches and 3,446 Pastors and Ministers. He has lectured as a visiting teacher in various Bible colleges in India and outside India. [4][5] [6]

Family[edit]

Ansar is married to Raj Prabha on 7 Aug 1986 and they have three children. They currently reside at their residence in Ambala City, Haryana State, India

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