Andhra Christian Theological College
|Andhra Christian Theological College|
|ఆంధ్ర క్రైస్తవ వేదాంత కళాశాల|
|Motto||Ad Consummationem Sanctorum In Opus Ministerii|
|Motto in English||"Equipping saints for ministry"|
|Established||1 July 1964|
|Academic affiliation||Senate of Serampore College (University)|
Hyderabad, Telangana, India|
|Director||R.R.D Sajeeva Raju, STBC (Chair of the Board of Governors)|
|Principal||A. John Prabhakar, D.Th. (Serampore)|
Andhra Christian Theological College (ACTC, Telugu: ఆంధ్ర క్రైస్తవ వేదాంత కళాశాల) is a seminary in Telangana which was founded in 1964. It is affiliated with India's first university, the Senate of Serampore College (University) (a university under section 2(f) of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956), and has degree-granting authority under a Danish charter ratified by the government of West Bengal. ACTC is on the Hussain Sagar canal (north) in Gandhinagar, Hyderabad, about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) from the Secunderabad Junction railway station.
- 1 History
- 2 Administration and faculty
- 3 Serampore University affiliation
- 4 Proposed MDiv programme
- 5 Academics
- 6 Student life
- 7 Notable figures
- 8 Notes
- 9 References
- 10 Further reading
|Participating ecclesiastical societies|
(in reverse alphabetical order)
The college was founded in 1964 on the Lutheran Theological College campus in Rajahmundry. Its founding societies included the Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Church of South India, the Convention of Baptist Churches of Northern Circars, the Methodist Church in India and the South Andhra Lutheran Church. The Samavesam of Telugu Baptist Churches held its B.D. classes at ACTC in 1967, and in 1972 the B.D. programme of the Ramayapatnam Baptist Theological Seminary was integrated into the college. When M. Victor Paul was principal (1991-1993), Good Samaritan Evangelical Lutheran Church joined the college.
Missionaries in Andhra Pradesh opened seminaries in Gooty (Union Theological Seminary), Dornakal (Andhra Union Theological College,  for the Church of South India), Ramayapatnam (Baptist Theological Seminary, for the American Baptists), Luthergiri (Lutheran Theological College), Kakinada (Baptist Theological Seminary, for Canadian Baptists) and Shamshabad (Mennonite Brethren Centenary Bible College, for the Anabaptists). Although professors were exchanged among the seminaries, Bachelor of Divinity students attended Serampore College in West Bengal.
- M. L. Kretzmann, D.D., secretary for planning, study and research of the Lutheran World Federation's Department of World Missions
- K. Devasahayam, M.A., B.D. (Hon.), S.T.M., Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church
- A. B. Masilamani, M.A., Th.M., Convention of Baptist Churches of Northern Circars
- C. S. Sundaresan, bishop of the Church of South India's Diocese of Rayalaseema
In 1964, the college was founded in Luthergiri, Rajahmundry, East Godavari district with the merger of three theological colleges: Andhra Union Theological College in Dornakal, Baptist Theological Seminary in Kakinada, and Lutheran Theological College in Rajahmundry.
With William D. Coleman as its first principal, the college was dedicated on 1 July 1964 by R. M. Clark of the BTESSC.[a] The inaugural address was delivered by Senate of Serampore College registrar C. Devasahayam in Rajahmundry.
The Ramayapatnam Baptist Theological Seminary was a separate part of the college in Rajahmundry until it merged in 1972. By 1973, the college had moved from Rajahmundry to Secunderabad due to pollution from nearby paper mills. The new buildings were dedicated by Church of South India bishop Pereji Solomon in the presence of Catholic archbishop Samineni Arulappa and seminarians from St. John's Regional Seminary. During the 1990s, the college's postal address changed to Hyderabad (now in Telangana).
Administration and faculty
Board of governors
|New Testament and Greek faculty|
The college is administered by a board of governors composed of representatives of participating Protestant ecclesiastical societies:
- Church of South India (CSI) Dioceses of Dornakal, Karimnagar, Medak (headquartered in Dornakal), Karimnagar and Medak
- Good Samaritan Evangelical Lutheran Church (headquartered in Bhadrachalam)
- Methodist Church in India, Hyderabad Regional Conference
- Samavesam of Telugu Baptist Churches Society, Deccan Association
- Tamil Nadu
- Andhra Pradesh
- Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church, headquartered in Guntur
- CSI Dioceses of Krishna-Godavari, Nandyal and Rayalaseema (headquartered in Machilipatnam, Nandyal and Kadapa, respectively)
- Convention of Baptist Churches of Northern Circars, originally headquartered in Kakinada
- Samavesam of Telugu Baptist Churches, originally headquartered in Nellore
- South Andhra Lutheran Church, headquartered in Tirupati
|Old Testament and Hebrew faculty|
The college motto is derived from Ephesians 4:12, which reads in the Latin Vulgate: "Ad consummationem sanctorum in opus ministerii..." ("For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry..." in the King James Version).
W. D. Coleman, the college's first principal, explained the hall system: "Each of the participating denominations has its own 'hall'. There are two hours of instruction each week about the liturgy, history, and policy of each denomination".
The churches commonly associated with Protestantism in southern India include the Church of South India, Baptists, Lutherans and Methodists. Each church has its own tradition. At ACTC, students learn their respective church doctrine in addition to general theology.
The principal serves a four-year term (2018-2022), with each participating church having an opportunity to provide a principal. The current principal is the A. John Prabhakar, D.Th. (Serampore).
|1964–1972||8||AELC||Lutheran||W. D. Coleman, Ph.D. (Hartford),|
W. P. Peery, Ph.D. (Duke)
|1972–1980||8||CSI||Wesleyan||P. Victor Premasagar, Ph.D. (St Andrews)|
|1980–1986||6||CBCNC||Baptist||K. David, Ph.D. (Edinburgh)|
|1986–1990||4||STBC||Baptist||Suppogu Joseph, D.Th. (Serampore)|
|1990–1994||4||AELC||Lutheran||M. Victor Paul, D.Min. (Luther),|
G. Sampurna Rao, D.Min. (McCormick),
|1994–1998||4||CSI||Wesleyan||Regunta Yesurathnam, D.Th. (Serampore)|
|1998–2002||4||CBCNC||Baptist||K. D. G. Prakasa Rao, M.Th. (Serampore),|
D. J. Jeremiah, M.Th. (Serampore),
|2002–2006||4||STBC||Baptist||B. J. Christie Kumar, M.Th. (Serampore)|
|2006–2010||4||AELC||Lutheran||N. V. Luther Paul, D.Th. (Serampore)|
|2010–2014||4||CSI||Wesleyan||Ch. Vasantha Rao, Dr. Theol. (Hamburg)|
|2014–2018||4||CBCNC||Baptist||T. Matthews Emmanuel, D.Th. (Serampore)|
N. V. Vijaya Kumari, M.Th. (Serampore)
|2018–2022||4||STBC||Baptist||A. John Prabhakar, D.Th. (Serampore)|
Serampore University affiliation
The college has affiliated since its founding with the Senate of Serampore College (University).
Degrees for pastors
ACTC and Serampore offer two degrees for pastors: Bachelor of Divinity (B.D.) and Master of Theology (M. Th.) under the aegis of Advanced Institute for Research on Religion and Culture (ARRC).
Through distance education, ACTC has Bachelor of Christian Studies (B.C.S.) and Master of Christian Studies (M.C.S.) programmes for Christian students and a Diploma in Christian Studies (Dip. C.S.) programme for Christian and non-Christian students.
When the college was founded in 1964, university registrar Chetti Devasahayam (CBCNC) delivered its inaugural address; registrar D. S. Satyaranjan visited the college annually. Current registrar S. K. Patro has visited ACTC to investigate the prospect of upgrading the college to a postgraduate institution.
Senate of Serampore College (University) has held two convocations at ACTC. The February 1979 convocation was hosted by college Old Testament faculty Victor Premasagar, CSI and G. Babu Rao, CBCNC; both had been associated with the Serampore College. The convocation was attended by university registrar D. S. Satyaranjan and master A. D. Khan. The university president was Victor Premasagar. The Commemoration Mass was led by G. Babu Rao (CBCNC) at St. Gregorios Malankara Orthodox Syrian Cathedral near the college, and the convocation address was delivered by Samuel Rayan, S.J..
The college hosted the 2016 convocation under the tenure of Old Testament scholars T. Matthews Emmanuel, CBCNC and Vasantha Rao, CSI. The university was represented by master John Sadananda, Senate president Issac Mar Philoxenos, South Asia Theological Research Institute dean P. G. George and university registrar S. K. Patro. The convocation address was delivered by Klaus Schäfer. honorary doctoral degrees were conferred on D. S. Satyaranjan (who led the 1979 convocation) and Klaus Schäfer, who taught New Testament courses at the college from 1988 to 1993.
Proposed MDiv programme
|Christian ministry||L. Anitha, MCI||F||Methodist||M.Th.||Gurukul, Chennai||Serampore|
|New Testament||Helen Salomy, STBC||F||Baptist||M.Th.||UTC, Bangalore||Serampore|
|Religions||N. V. Vijaya Kumari, STBC||F||Baptist||M.Th.||HMI, Hyderabad/
|History of Christianity||N. V. Grace, AELC||F||Lutheran||M.Th.||UTC, Bangalore||Serampore|
|Social Analysis||M. Yonathan, STBC||M||Baptist||M.Th.||TTS, Madurai||Serampore|
|Christian ministry||K. T. Vijay Kumar, CSI||M||Anglican||M.Th.||TTS, Madurai||Serampore|
|New Testament||V. Manikya Rao, AELC||M||Lutheran||D.Th.||SATHRI, Bangalore||Serampore|
|Missiology||J. Ananda Prakash, AELC||M||Lutheran||M.Th.||Gurukul, Chennai||Serampore|
|Christian Ethics||B. S. Vara Kumar, CSI||M||Congregational||D.Th.||UTC, Bangalore||Serampore|
|Christian theology||S. I. Nirmal Kumar, CBCNC||M||Baptist||M.Th.||NIIPGTS, Kolkata/
|Christian theology||B. Moses, CSI||M||Wesleyan||M. Th.||UTC, Bangalore||Serampore|
|Religions||T. Swami Raju, AELC||M||Lutheran||D.Th.||SATHRI, Bangalore||Serampore|
|Religions||P. Alexander, SALC||M||Lutheran||M.Th.||Gurukul, Chennai||Serampore|
|Old Testament||R. Jeeva Kumar, STBC||M||Baptist||M.Th.||UTC, Bangalore||Serampore|
|Old Testament||K. Joseph Premavardhan, CSI||M||Congregational||M. Th.||UTC, Bangalore||Serampore|
|Old Testament||G. Vara Prasad, AELC||M||Lutheran||D.Th.||UTC, Bangalore||Serampore|
|Homiletics||A. John Prabhakar, STBC||M||Baptist||D. Th.||SATHRI, Bangalore||Serampore|
|Christian Ministry||Y. J. Rajendra Prasad, STBC||M||Baptist||M.Th.||D.Th. in
|Christian theology||B. N. Ratna Prakash, AELC||M||Lutheran||M.Th.||D. Th. in
ACTC's library has reading-room facilities, over 38,000 books and 35 periodicals. When the college was founded, it was known as the Dunkelberger Memorial Library. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America had sponsored the library in memory of Roy Martin Dunkelberger, AELC, a Lutheran missionary in Rajahmundry.
The library was renamed the Gipson Memorial Library in 2014 in honour of Baptist missionary T. G. Gipson, STBC, who had modernized the library during his second term as a visiting faculty member at the college. The renaming ceremony was held during the tenure of T. Matthews Emmanuel (CBCNC) as principal, in the presence of board of governors chair K. Frederick Paradesi Babu (AELC) and board member V. Prasada Rao (CSI).
ACTC has recreational facilities which include throwball, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, a table tennis room and a playing field for football and cricket. Daily mass is said in the chapel for students and teachers, and Sunday mass is open to the public. College festivals include the Christian Home Festival, Carey Day, CSI Day, Reformation Day, and Independence Day.
- Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church:
- W. D. Coleman, Ph.D. (Hartford): the college's first principal
- W. P. Peery, Ph.D. (Duke): later taught at the United Theological College, Bangalore
- G. Devasahayam, S.T.M. (Philadelphia): third president of the Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church
- M. Victor Paul, D.Min. (Luther): ninth president of the church
- R. R. Sundara Rao, Ph.D. (Wisconsin): later principal of the Gurukul Lutheran Theological College in Chennai
- Church of South India:
- B. E. Devaraj, L.Th. (Serampore): wrote the Lambadi version of the New Testament
- Eric J. Lott, Ph.D. (Lancaster): later taught at the United Theological College, Bangalore
- P. Victor Premasagar, Ph.D. (St Andrews): Tripos, fourth bishop of the Diocese of Medak and moderator of the Church of South India Synod
- Ryder Devapriam, Th.D. (GTS): bishop of the Diocese of Nandyal and moderator of the Church of South India Synod
- G. Dyvasirvadam, M.Th. (Serampore): present bishop of the Krishna-Godavari Diocese and moderator of the Church of South India Synod
- G. T. Abraham, Th.M. (Virginia): bishop]] of the Nandyal Diocese
- K. Reuben Mark, Ph.D. (Higginbottom): present bishop]] of Karimnagar Diocese
- Convention of Baptist Churches of Northern Circars
- Samavesam of Telugu Baptist Churches:
- Other churches:
- Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church:
- Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church]]:
- Bathineni Venkata Subbamma, Ph.D. (Wittenberg): first woman senator at Senate of Serampore College (University)
- Ch. Victor Moses, M.Th. (Serampore): twelfth president of the church
- V. E. Christopher, B.D. (Serampore): thirteenth president of the church
- B. Suneel Bhanu, M.Th. (Serampore): fourteenth president of the church
- K. Frederick Paradesi Babu, B.D. (Serampore): current church president
- Church of South India:
- D. N. Samuel, B.D. (Serampore): fifth bishop of the Diocese of Dornakal
- A. Rajarathnam, B.D. (Serampore): sixth bishop of Dornakal
- Samuel Kanaka Prasad, B.D. (Serampore): sixth bishop of the Medak Diocese
- B. D. Prasada Rao, M.Th. (Serampore): present bishop of the Rayalaseema Diocese
- Vadapalli Prasada Rao, B.D. (Serampore): present bishop of Dornakal
- Eggoni Pushpa Lalitha, B.D. (Serampore): present bishop of the Nandyal Diocese
- Convention of Baptist Churches of Northern Circars:
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