Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church

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Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church is a Christian denomination in south India, which was established in 1919[1] and has approximately 200,000 members.[2] Its headquarters is in Trichy, Tamil Nadu.[1] It is one of the prominent mainline Lutheran churches in Tamil Nadu. Arunothayam is a monthly magazine released by this church.

On 14 January 1919, the Tamil congregation of different German, Danish and Swedish Lutheran missions, joined together to form the Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church (TELC). In March 1921, the constitution of the TELC was amended to include the structure of episcopacy. In 1921, a Swedish missionary Rev. Dr. Ernst Heuman, was ordained as the first bishop of the TELC. The bishop of TELC holds the title Bishop of Tranquebar. In 1956, Dr. R B Manickam became the first Indian to be ordained as the bishop of TELC.[3]

The Bishops have the title Bishop of Tranquebar.[4] It belongs to the Lutheran World Federation.[2] The Leipzig Evangelical Lutheran Mission and Church of Sweden Mission were active in the area of Trichy in the 19th century and are still active there today. This Lutheran church comes under United Evangelical Lutheran Church in India. [5]

Presidents of TELCs and Bishops of Tranquebar[edit]

  • 1921-1926 Rt. Rev. Dr.Ernst Heuman (Late)
  • 1927-1934 Rt. Rev. Dr. David Bexell (Late)
  • 1934-1956 Rt. Rev. Dr. Johannes Sandegren (Late)
  • 1956-1967 Rt. Rev. Dr. Rajah Bushanam Manikam(Late)
  • 1967-1972 Rt. Rev. Dr. A. Carl Gustav Diehl (Late)
  • 1972-1975 Rt. Rev. A. John Satyanadhan(Late)
  • 1975-1978 Rt. Rev. Lasarus Easter Raj(Late)
  • 1978-1993 Rt. Rev. Dr. Jayseelan Jacob(Late)
  • 1993-1999 Rt. Rev. Dr. Jubilee Gnanabaranam Johnson(Late)
  • 1999-2009 Rt. Rev. Dr. Thaveedu Aruldoss
  • 2009-2013 Rt. Rev. Dr. H.A. Martin
  • 2013–present Rt. Rev. S Edwin Jayakumar (The Spiritual Head of TELC)

Churches of TELC[edit]

  • TELC Holy Trinity Cathedral, Tiruchirappalli
  • TELC Ratchagar Church, Tiruvallur [6] ( த.சு.லு.தி இரட்சகர் ஆலயம், திருவள்ளூர்])[7]
  • TELC Adiaikalanathar Church, Chennai[8]
  • TELC Christ Church, Tambaram - 45
  • TELC Christ Church, Thiruvotriyur, Chennai-600019
  • TELC Arulnathar Church, Kilpauk, Chennai
  • TELC Anbunathar Church, Annanagar, Chennai
  • TELC Holy Redeemer's Church, Madurai
  • TELC Emmanuel Church, Mayiladuthurai
  • TELC New Jerusalem Church, Tranquebar (Tharangambadi)
  • TELC New Jerusalem Church,Nadukottai, Thirumangalam, Madurai.
  • TELC Salvation Church, Madurai
  • TELC Zion Church, Trichy-8.
  • TELC Christ Church, Anaimalai.
  • TELC World Saviour Church-Uluthukkupai, Mailaduthurai
  • TELC Pavanasar Lutheran Church - Bangalore.
  • TELC Ziegenbalg Jubilee Church - Sirkali
  • TELC Pavasar Lutheran Church - Chidambaram
  • TELC St.Paul's Church, Sengaraiyur
  • TELC World Saviour Church, Pollachi (The children home run by TELC in Pollachi was sealed by police after the rape incident of two girls staying in the home.[9])
  • TELC Bethlehem Church, (TBML College) Porayar
  • TELC Arulnathar Church, Tirukattupalli
  • TELC Saint John Church, Tiruchirappalli[10]
  • TELC Arockianathar Church, Thirupputhur, Sivagangai Dist
  • த.சு.லு.தி கதிராலயம், பாண்டுர்
  • TELC Holy Cross Church, Chengalpattu
  • TELC Holy Comforter Church, Thanjavur
  • TELC Ebineaser Church, Villupuram
  • TELC Arulnathar Church, Kinathukadavu (த.சு.லு.தி. அருள்நாதர் ஆலயம், கிணத்துக்கடவு)
  • TELC Karunainathar Church Kinathukadavu (த.சு.லு.தி. கருணைநாதர் ஆலயம், கிணத்துக்கடவு)
  • TELC Bethel Church, Perambur, Chennai-11
  • TELC Arulnathar Church, Tirupur-641601
  • TELC Abishegha Nathar Church, Annamangalam,Perambalur-district.
  • TELC Bethlehem Church Ambattur Chennai 600 053
  • TELC Jesus Our Redeemer Church, Thirumangalam, Madurai.
  • TELC Calvary Nathar Chruch, J.Alangulam, Thirumangalam, Madurai.



TELC colleges and schools[edit]

Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church, Election Poster, Tranquebar, India
  • TBML College, Porayar[12]
  • TELC Teacher Training Institute(Male), Tranquebar
  • TELC Teacher Training Institute(Female), Usilampatti
  • TELC ELM Hr Sec School, Chennai
  • TELC Kabis Hr Sec School, Pandur
  • TELC Girls Christian Higher Secondary School, Thanjavur
  • TELC Middle School, Thanjavur
  • TELC SR Bergendal Girls HR Secondary School, Kinathukadavu
  • TELC Primary School, Kinathukadavu
  • TELC Middle School, Karunakarapuri, Kinathukadavu
  • TELC Primary School, Alampatti, Thirumangalam, Madurai.
  • TELC Primary School, Kurayoor.

TELC-related seminaries[edit]

  • Gurukul Lutheran Theological College and Research Institute, Chennai.[13]
  • Tamil Nadu Theological Seminary (TTS), Madurai.[14]
  • United Theological College (UTC), Bangalore.


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