Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church

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Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church is a Christian denomination in south India, which was established in 1919[1] and has approximately 200,000 members.[2] Its headquarters is in Trichy, Tamil Nadu.[1] It is one of the prominent mainline Lutheran churches in Tamil Nadu. Arunothayam is a monthly magazine released by this church.

Bishop Johnson Gnanabaranam

The Bishops have the title Bishop of Tranquebar.[3] It belongs to the Lutheran World Federation.[2] The Leipzig Evangelical Lutheran Mission and Church of Sweden Mission were active in the area of Trichy in the 19th century and are still active there today. This Lutheran church comes under United Evangelical Lutheran Church in India, [4]

President TELC & Bishop of Tranquebar[edit]

1. 1921-1926 Rt.Rev.Dr.Ernst Heuman (sv)

2. 1927-1934 Rt.Rev.Dr. David Bexell (sv)

3. 1934-1956 Rt.Rev.Dr. Johannes Sandegren (sv)

4. 1956-1967 Rt.Rev.Dr.Rajah Bushanam Manikam

5. 1967-1972 Rt.Rev.Dr.A. Carl Gustav Diehl (sv)

6. 1972-1975 Rt.Rev.A.John Satyanadhan

7. 1975-1978 Rt.Rev.Lasarus Easter Raj

8. 1978-1993 Rt.Rev.Dr.Jayseelan Jacob

9. 1993-1999 Rt.Rev.Dr.Jubilee Gnanabaranam Johnson (de)

10. 1999-2009 Rt.Rev.Dr. Thaveedu Aruldoss

11. 2009-2014 Rt.Rev.Dr. H.A. Martin

Famous churches of TELC[edit]


2. TELC Adiaikalanathar Church [2]

3. TELC Christ Church, Thiruvotriyur, Chennai-600019

4. TELC Arulnathar Church, kilpauk, Chennai

5. TELC Anbunathar Church, Annanagar, chennai

6. TELC Holy Redeemer's Church, Madurai

7. TELC Emmanuel Church, Mayiladuthurai

8. TELC New Jerusalem Church, Tranquebar (Tharangambadi)

9. TELC Salvation Church, Madurai

10. TELC Zion Church, Trichy-8.

11. TELC Christ Church,Anaimalai.

12. TELC World Saviour Church-Uluthukkupai, Mailaduthurai

13. TELC Pavanasar Lutheran Church - Bangalore.

14. TELC Ziegenbalg Jubilee Church - Sirkali

15. TELC Pavasar Lutheran Church - Chidambaram

16. TELC St.Paul's Church, Sengaraiyur

17. TELC World Saviour Church, Pollachi

18. TELC Bethlehem Church,(TBML College) Porayar

19. TELC Arulnathar Church, Tirukattupalli

20. TELC Saint John Church, Tiruchirappalli [3]

21. T.E.L.C Arockianathar Church, Thirupputhur, Sivagangai Dist

22. TELC Holy Cross Church, Chengalpattu

TELC related Seminaries[edit]

  • Gurukul Lutheran Theological College and Research Institute, Chennai.[5]
  • Tamilnadu Theological Seminary (TTS), Madurai.[6]
  • United Theological College (UTC), Bangalore.


  1. ^ a b United Evangelical Lutheran Church in India - Member Churches at the Wayback Machine (archived April 22, 2009)
  2. ^ a b [1]
  3. ^ Presbyterian Life 12. United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America. 1959. p. 17. Retrieved 2013-10-30. 
  4. ^ United Evangelical Lutheran Church in India at the Wayback Machine (archived July 28, 2011)
  5. ^ "GLTC site". Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "TTS site". Retrieved 28 October 2013. 

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