K. Devasahayam

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K. Devasahayam
President
ChurchChristian
SeeAndhra Evangelical Lutheran Church (AELC)
In office1965–1969
PredecessorG. Devasahayam
SuccessorS. W. Schmitthenner
Orders
Consecration1965
Personal details
Born5 June 1916
Pedakakani, Andhra Pradesh
Died30 January 1992
Guntur, Andhra Pradesh
Previous postLecturer, Andhra Christian Theological College

K. Devasahayam (Telugu: దేవసహాయము అయ్యగారు; 5 June 1916 – 30 January 1992) was President of the Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church from 1965 to 1969.

Early years[edit]

K. Devasahayam was born in Pedakakani in Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh, India on 5 June 1916.[1]

Divinity and Priesthood[edit]

The Church Historian, K. L. Richardson mentioned that K. Devasahayam was sent to the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia for theological studies between 1956 and 1960.[2]

As a Priest of the Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church, Devasahayam served in pastoral roles in Rajahmundry, Narasaraopeta, Mangalagiri, and Eluru parishes.[1]

Theological writings[edit]

R. Joseph and B. Suneel Bhanu who compiled a bibliography of original Christian writings in India in Telugu included a book by K. Devasahayam entitled[3] The Good News of the Cross first published in 1962.

Academic[edit]

K. Devasahayam was a member[4] of the Church History Association of India, incorporating Church Historians of the Protestant, Orthodox, Catholic and Charismatic traditions. Devasahayam is acknowledged to have researched[5] into the new age charismatic movements in Christianity in Andhra Pradesh.

Rajahmundry[edit]

K. Devasahayam began teaching Church History at the Lutheran Theological College from 1944 to 1947.[6] For sometime, Devasahayam was Secretary of Andhra Pradesh unit of the Student Christian Movement of India. He rejoined the Lutheran Theological College and saw the closure of the College along with century-old Seminaries in Kakinada, Dornakal, and Ramayapatnam. The Andhra Christian Theological College, a special purpose entity was formed in 1964 taking in all the faculty and students of the closed-down Seminaries.[7]

Serampore[edit]

In the middle of the academic year 1970-1971, K. Devasahayam was deputed by his Church Society to the historical Serampore College, Serampore, West Bengal where he taught Church History and New Testament.[8] K. Devasahayam was made Rector of the Theology Department the same year in place of M. P. John who left for the Bible Society of India.[8] In July 1974, the Council of Serampore College granted study leave to Devasahayam who went for doctoral studies (D.D.) to his alma mater, the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, and returned to Serampore College in the academic year 1976-1977 to take up his teaching responsibilities and Rectorship of the Theology[8] Department. After having served over seven years in the College, Devasahayam resigned in July 1977.[8]

Presidentship[edit]

While teaching Church History at the Andhra Christian Theological College, a newly formed ecumenical seminary in Rajahmundry, Devasahayam contested for the Presidency of the Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church Society headquartered in Guntur and was elected in 1965[7] and was in office till 1969.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b K. Devasahayam, The Good News of the Cross, Sixth Impression, 2007. Printed at Sudha Offset Printers, Rajahmundry. From back cover.
  2. ^ Clarence Hess Swavely, Mission to church in Andhra Pradesh, India: the Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1942-1962, Published by United Lutheran Church in America, Board of Foreign Missions, 1962. p. 43. [1]. Cited by Kolluri Luther Richardson, Towards Self-Reliance : A historical survey of the programmes and efforts of Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church from 1927-1969, Published by Christopher and Kanakaiah, Vijayawada, 2003. pp. 97-98.
  3. ^ Ravela Joseph, Suneel Bhanu (Compiled), Bibliography of original Christian writings in Telugu, Board of Theological Education of the Senate of Serampore College, Bengaluru, 1993. p. 30. [2]
  4. ^ Indian Church History Review, Volume 6, Published by the Church History Association of India, 1972. [3]
  5. ^ K. Devasahayam, The Bible Mission, Religion and Society, Volume 29, Issue 1, Published by Christian Institute for the Study of Religion and Society, Bangalore 1982. pp. 55-101. [4]
  6. ^ The Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church: A brief history, Published by the Department of Religious Education of the Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1951. pp.77 and 115. [5]
  7. ^ a b Ch. Raja Rao, Anubhava Sakshyam (Telugu), Rajahmundry, 2004, p. 24.
  8. ^ a b c d The Council of Serampore College, The Story of Serampore and its College, Fourth Edition 2005, Serampore. pp.90-92. [6]

Further reading[edit]

  • Robert Eric Frykenberg (Edited) (2003). "Christians and Missionaries in India: Cross-cultural communication since 1500 with special reference to caste, conversion, and colonialism".
  • Kolluri Luther Richardson (2003). "Towards Self-Reliance : A historical survey of the programmes and efforts of Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church from 1927-1969, Published by Christopher and Kanakaiah, Vijayawada".
  • R. Joseph and B. Suneel Bhanu (1993). "Bibliography of Original Christian Writings in India in Telugu".
  • B. C. Paul (1984). "The Emergence of a Church in South India: A Study of the Growth and Development of the Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church: 1905-1927. Unpublished Th. D. thesis submitted to the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago". Archived from the original on 12 July 2011.

Religious titles
Preceded by
G. Devasahayam
President

Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church
1965–1969

Succeeded by
S. W. Schmitthenner