Charlotte Swenson Memorial Bible Training School

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Charlotte Swenson Memorial Bible Training School
TypePropaedeutic institute
Established1926; 92 years ago (1926)
PresidentBishop B. Suneel Bhanu
PrincipalRev. B. Subhashini
AddressLuthergiri, Rajahmundry, East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh 533 105, India, Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, India
17°1′45″N 81°46′42″E / 17.02917°N 81.77833°E / 17.02917; 81.77833
AffiliationsAndhra Evangelical Lutheran Church
Data as of November 2008

Charlotte Swenson Memorial Bible Training School (CSMBTS) was started on 8 July 1926[1] in Rajahmundry, a town in Andhra Pradesh, India.


Blenda Charlotte Swenson[2] a graduate of Bethany College (Lindsborg, Kansas) was deputed by the Lutheran Mission Board to go out to India as a Zenana Sister. During her work in India at Rajahmundry, she envisioned the establishment of a Bible Training School for Christian women where they would be prepared as teachers of the Bible in Hindu homes.[1]


  • 1926-1928 Christina Ericksson
  • 1928-1951 Hildegarde Swanson (interrupted)
  • 1930-1931 Hilda Kaercher
  • 1937-1939 Jessie Cronk
  • 1951-1955 Maida Meissner
  • 1955-1959 Ethel Dentzer
  • 1959-1985 B. V. Subbamma
  • 1985- B. Subhashini

The present Principal of this School is Rev. B. Subhashini.

Academic offices
Preceded by
Rev. Dr B. V. Subbamma
Principalship of CSMBTS

Rev. B. Subhashini

Succeeded by


  1. ^ a b B. V. Subbamma (Ed.), History of Charlotte Swenson Memorial Bible Training School, Rajahmundry, 1961.
  2. ^ Oscar Nils Olson (1950). The Augustana Lutheran Church in America.
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