William D. Coleman (pastor)
|William D. Coleman|
Ph. D. (Hartford Seminary)
|Church||Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, North America|
|Writings||The Development of the Indigenous Church in the Andhra Area in India on the Background of Hinduism|
The Andhra Christian Theological College comprised faculty from four previous entities:
- Andhra Union Theological Seminary, Dornakal
- Baptist Theological Seminary, Kakinada
- Lutheran Theological College, Rajahmundry
- Ramayapatnam Baptist Theological Seminary, Ramayapatnam
W. D. Coleman worked in an ecumenical environment together with Baptists, Lutherans, Anglicans, and Wesleyans. It was Coleman who supervised the relocation of the College from Rajahmundry to Hyderabad as well as establishing the new campus in Hyderabad, especially during the Licence Raj.
Talathoti Punnaiah who studied a 3-year theology course leading to Bachelor of Theology at the Andhra Christian Theological College, both at Rajahmundry and at Hyderabad from 1970-1973 recalls his association with W. D. Coleman,
|“||Coleman was a Lutheran missionary who was born and raised in Andhra Pradesh. He was our Principal and used to speak Telugu very fluently. He was our Old Testament Professor and a very good Administrator. He was strict in his dealings. I noticed several administrative skills in him such as work abilities, promptness and activeness. The entire faculty used to respect him and cooperate with him in the administration of the Seminary. He was well versed in Old Testament and a good preacher.||”|
- Sir Stanley Reed (Edited), The Times of India Directory and Year Book including Who's Who, Bennett, Coleman and Company, Kolkata, 1963.
- William D. Coleman, The Development of the Indigenous Church in the Andhra Area in India on the Background of Hinduism, Doctoral Dissertations in History, Hartford Seminary Foundation, 1958, p.26. 
- al-Basheer, Volumes 1-2, Henry Martyn Institute of Islamic Studies, Hyderabad. p.29. 
- Yearbook, United Lutheran Church in America, 1965. p. 11. 
- Edgar R. Trexler, Mission in a New World, Fortress Press, 1977. p. 29. 
- Indian Church History Review, Volume 13, Church History Association of India, 1979. p. 83. 
- The Lutheran, Volume 11, Issues 1-12, Lutheran Church in America, 1973. p. 40.
- Talathoti Punnaiah, My Memoir, Ministry and Message: (60 years Life Experiences 1950-2010), Kakinada, 2010, pp.18.
- Further reading
- Lutheran Church in America (1968). "Minutes of the biennial convention" (4-5).