William D. Coleman (pastor)

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William D. Coleman
W. D. Coleman.jpg
Education S.T.M.[1]
Ph.D. (Hartford Seminary)[2]
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[2]
Title Reverend Doctor

William D. Coleman was the first Principal[3] of the Andhra Christian Theological College, Hyderabad.

When four theological colleges came together to start Andhra Christian Theological College in Rajahmundry, William D. Coleman was installed[4] as the Principal of the College in 1964.

The Andhra Christian Theological College comprised faculty from four previous entities:

W. D. Coleman worked in an ecumenical environment together with Baptists, Lutherans, Anglicans, and Wesleyans.[5] It was Coleman who supervised the relocation of the College from Rajahmundry to Hyderabad as well as establishing[6] the new campus in Hyderabad, especially during the Licence Raj.[7]


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,

Preceded by
Post created

Andhra Christian Theological College
Hyderabad, India
1964 - 1972

Succeeded by
Victor Premasagar


  1. ^ Sir Stanley Reed (Edited), The Times of India Directory and Year Book including Who's Who, Bennett, Coleman and Company, Kolkata, 1963.[1]
  2. ^ a b 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. [2]
  3. ^ al-Basheer, Volumes 1-2, Henry Martyn Institute of Islamic Studies, Hyderabad. p.29. [3]
  4. ^ Yearbook, United Lutheran Church in America, 1965. p. 11. [4]
  5. ^ Edgar R. Trexler, Mission in a New World, Fortress Press, 1977. p. 29. [5]
  6. ^ Indian Church History Review, Volume 13, Church History Association of India, 1979. p. 83. [6]
  7. ^ The Lutheran, Volume 11, Issues 1-12, Lutheran Church in America, 1973. p. 40.[7]
  8. ^ Talathoti Punnaiah, My Memoir, Ministry and Message: (60 years Life Experiences 1950-2010), Kakinada, 2010, pp.18.
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