Charlotte Swenson Memorial Bible Training School

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Charlotte Swenson Memorial Bible Training School
Type Propaedeutic institute
Established 1926
President Bishop B. Suneel Bhanu
Principal Rev. B. Subhashini
Address Luthergiri, 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
Campus Rural
Affiliations Andhra 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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