Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church

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Bartholomäus Ziegenbalg monument in Tranquebar, Tamil Nadu, South India
Bartholomäus Ziegenbalg monument in Tranquebar, Tamil Nadu, South India

The 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.

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, Ernst Heuman, was ordained as the first bishop of the TELC. The bishop of TELC holds the title Bishop of Tranquebar. In 1956, 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 TELC and Bishops of Tranquebar[edit]

  • 1921-1926 Ernst Heuman [Late]
  • 1927-1934 David Bexell [Late]
  • 1934-1956 Johannes Sandegren [Late]
  • 1956-1967 Rajah Bushanam Manikam [Late]
  • 1967-1972 Carl Gustav Diehl [Late]
  • 1972-1975 A. John Satyanadhan [Late]
  • 1975-1978 Lasarus Easter Raj [Late]
  • 1978-1993 Jayseelan Jacob [Late]
  • 1993-1999 Jubilee Gnanabaranam Johnson [Late]
  • 1999-2009 Thaveedu Aruldoss
  • 2009-2014 H.A. Martin
  • 2014-2019 S. Edwin Jayakumar
  • 2019- D. Daniel Jayaraj


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  • TELC Ratchagar Church, Tiruvallur[6] (த.சு.லு.தி இரட்சகர் ஆலயம், திருவள்ளூர்])
  • TELC Immanuel church konerikuppam kanchipuram pastorate
  • TELC Holy Trinity Cathedral, Tiruchirappalli
  • TELC Holy Cross Church, kumbakonam.
  • TELC Adhisayanathar Church, Erayamangalam
  • TELC Adiaikalanathar Church, Chennai[7]
  • TELC Christ Church, Tambaram - 45
  • TELC Christ Church, Thiruverambur, Tirchy- 13
  • TELC Christ Church, Thiruvotriyur, Chennai-600019
  • TELC Arulnathar Church, Kilpauk, Chennai
  • TELC Anbunathar Church, Annanagar, Chennai
  • TELC Holy Redeemer's Church, Madurai
  • TELC Holy Immanuel Church, Mayiladuthurai
  • TELC New Jerusalem Church, Tranquebar (Tharangambadi)
  • TELC New Jerusalem Church, Nadukottai, Thirumangalam, Madurai.
  • TELC Salvation Church, Madurai
  • TELC Good Shepherd Church, Puthur, Trichy
  • TELC Zion Church, Trichy-8.
  • TELC Saviour Church, Eachampatti, Trichy
  • TELC Christ Church, Anaimalai.
  • TELC World Saviour Church-Uluthukkupai, Mailaduthurai
  • TELC Abathu Sagayar Church, Kavalamedu. Manalmedu Pastorate.( த.சு.லு.தி. ஆபத்து சகாயர் ஆலயம் - காவாளமேடு )
  • TELC Pavanasar Lutheran Church - Bangalore.
  • TELC Ziegenbalg Jubilee Church - Sirkali
  • TELC Pavasar Lutheran Church - Chidambaram
  • TELC St.Paul's Church, Sengaraiyur
  • TELC Arulnathar Church, Tirukattupalli
  • TELC World Saviour Church, Pollachi
  • TELC Bethlehem Church, (TBML College) Porayar
  • TELC Arulnathar Church, Tirukattupalli
  • TELC Saint John Church, Tiruchirappalli[8]
  • 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 Church, J.Alangulam, Thirumangalam, Madurai.
  • TELC Good Shepherd church, Singanallur, Coimbatore - 641005.
  • TELC St.John's Church, perambalur.# TELC St.Paul's Church, Pattavarthy. Manalmedu Pastorate.
  • TELC Bethlehem Church, Sevvapet, Thiruvallur-602025
  • TELC Christ King church, Kalpakkam - 603102
  • TELC Arul Nathar Church, Sadras - 603102
  • TELC Union Christ Christ, NGGO Colony, Coimbatore
  • TELC Christ Christ, Coimbatore
  • TELC Arputhanather Church, B P Agraharam.
  • TELC Nalmeipper Church, Kurumanoorkadu.
  • TELC Ebinezar church, Karaikal
  • TELC St.Peter's Jubilee Church, Melakottucherry, Karaikal
  • TELC Bethel Church, V.NALLALAM 605651

Colleges and schools[edit]

  • TBML College, Porayar[9]
  • TELC Teacher Training Institute (Male), Tranquebar
  • TELC Bishop Johnson Memorial Higher Secondary School, Tranquebar
  • TELC High School, Sengaraiyur
  • TELC Primary School, Nathamangudi, Lalgudi Taluk
  • TELC Bishop Hymen Memorial High School, Tiruchirappalli
  • TELC Primary School, Tiruchirappalli
  • TELC Teacher Training Institute (Female), Usilampatti
  • TELC ELM Hr Sec School, Chennai
  • TELC Lutheran Mission Central Higher Secondary School, Sirkali
  • 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.
  • TECL Primary School, Tirupur
  • TELC Higher secondary school, Pudukkottai. In pudukkottai itself three schools are operating
  • TELC TSM Primary School, Sirkali
  • TELC Primary School, Kavalamedu ( Manalmedu ) Mayiladuthurai- DT

TELC-related seminaries[edit]

  • Gurukul Lutheran Theological College and Research Institute, Chennai.[10]
  • Tamil Nadu Theological Seminary (TTS), Madurai.[11]
  • United Theological College (UTC), Bangalore.


  1. ^ a b "United Evangelical Lutheran Church in India - Member Churches". Archived from the original on 22 April 2009. Retrieved 22 April 2009.
  2. ^ a b "India | the Lutheran World Federation".
  3. ^ Vethanayagamony, Peter (15 December 2009). "The Lutheran Churches of India". Lutheran Forum. Archived from the original on 6 September 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  4. ^ Presbyterian Life. Vol. 12. United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America. 1959. p. 17. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  5. ^ "United Evangelical Lutheran Church in India". Archived from the original on 28 July 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2011.
  6. ^ "Google Maps".
  7. ^ http://www.adaikalanatharchurch.com
  8. ^ "TELC St. John's Church - Home". Archived from the original on 8 September 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  9. ^ http://tbmlcollege.ac.in/
  10. ^ "GLTC site". Retrieved 28 October 2013.
  11. ^ "TTS site". Retrieved 28 October 2013.

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