Fellowship of the Pentecostal Churches in India
The Fellowship of the Pentecostal Churches in India has around 1,100 churches in its network with its headquarters at Itarsi, Madhya Pradesh, India. The fellowship unanimously re-elected Dr. Matthew K. Thomas as chairman during the October Fellowship Conference in 2008.
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As Pentecostal churches continued to spring all over India, the graduates of Central India Theological Seminary who worked mainly in the north, began to feel the need to form a Fellowship for closer fellowship. So, at the 1966 Annual Convention of the Pentecostal Church at Itarsi, the Christian workers united to form the Fellowship of the Pentecostal Churches of God in India (FPCGI). The first elected chairman of the Fellowship was Dr. Kurien Thomas, a pioneer Pentecostal missionary in north India, who held that position till 1984, "when it was unanimously decided that the burden should be placed upon...Thomas Matthews." The Fellowship was registered with the Indian Government in 1969 and had the following objectives:
To preach the Gospel in the whole of the land of India.
To establish independent Churches....
To oppose all doctrines that are not true to the clear teachings of the Bible.
The local Church should be free from any central rule or domination by any other Church, nor should one minister rule over another.
That each might help and encourage each other.
The Fellowship of the Pentecostal Churches in India has now over 1,100 pastors working in close network with the headquarters at the mother church at Itarsi. Pastor Kurien Thomas pastored the Church from 1945 till his death in 2000. He is now succeeded by his son Dr. Matthew Thomas who is the chairman of the Fellowship (FPCGI), editor-in-chief of Basileia Theological Journal, executive member of Pentecostal World Conference, and president/principal of Central India Theological Seminary.
- Kurien Thomas, God's Trailblazer In India and Around the World, (Bombay: GLS Press, 1986), p.88