Aprem Mooken is the Metropolitan of the Assyrian Church of the East for India. Aprem (formerly George Mooken) was born in Thrissur, Kerala, India, on 13 June 1940. Educated in India, England and America, he specialised in Church History. He served as President of the Church History Association of India between 1976 and 1982.He studied at Leonard Theological College,Jabalpur for B.D.
He gained master's degrees in Church History from the United Theological College, Bangalore (1966) and from the Union Theological Seminary, New York (1967). He studied at the Princeton Theological Seminary, U.S.A. for a Doctor of Theology degree when he was consecrated Bishop in Baghdad, Iraq in 1968. He earned his D.Th. degree in 1976 from Serampore University. Mahatma Gandhi University in Kottayam granted a Ph.D. degree in Syriac Studies to him in 2002.
Mooken was ordained a deacon on June 25, 1961, and a priest four years later on 13 June 1965. He was consecrated Bishop on 21 September 1968 and promoted as a Metropolitan eight days later in Baghdad. In 1995 he was instrumental in healing the rift that had developed in the church over the question of hereditary appointments since the 1960s. He is the author of 65 books on church history, theology, social issues, and even humour.