Service Timings

Tamil Service: 8:00AM

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Sunday School: 8:00AM

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Women's Fellowship: 10:30AM

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Mens Fellowship: 10:30AM

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Youth Fellowship: 4:30PM

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English Service: 6:30PM

Home About Us Clergy Rt. Rev. Dr. Duraisingh James
Rt. Rev. Dr. Duraisingh James PDF Print E-mail
I was born in Pasumalai, in Tamil Nadu into a wonderful, simple but affectionate Christian home. I along with my family worshipped at theBishop C.S.I Church at Pasumalai and took an active part in all the activities like Sunday school, Vacation Bible School and choir. These Christian activities helped me to grow as a normal Christian child. Due to family reasons, I had to move to Tirumangalam a nearby small town and completed my eleventh standard.

After my eleventh standard examinations, during the summer vacations, I had an opportunity to attend a missionary conference, organized by the Friends Missionary Prayer Band on a hill station called Periyamalai, which was the first missionary field of FMPB. One afternoon during the conference, while I was reading the Bible, the Lord spoke to me through His Word from Proverbs 29:1 and 28:1. I had an inner urge to read these verses again and again, and the Holy Spirit brought a deep conviction into my heart. I wept like a child, confessed my sins and invited Jesus into my heart. I totally dedicated my life to live and serve Him. The joy of the Lord filled my heart and I shared with all the people at the conference about what the Lord had done in my life. I spent another 10 days with the first missionaries of FMPB Mr. Harris Hilton and family to be taught and nourished spiritually. They encouraged me in the Lord.

I graduated from South India Biblical Seminary, Bangarapet, Karnataka and began my ministry with India Youth For Christ (YFC) at Madurai. I served among the young people which was a challenging ministry with an excitement of leading many young people to the Lord Jesus Christ. In the year 1976 one of my class-mates at the seminary Rev. C Russeliah asked me if I could come to Secunderabad to serve as a Presbyter at All Saints’ Trimulgherry, which I accepted.Then , it was in the year 1996, on the recommendation of my friend Rev. Caleb Premanadam, I was invited by the Communion of the Evangelical Episcopal churches, United States for a Bishop’s conference. During the conference, the house of Archbishops asked me whether I would be willing to take up the office of a Bishop for the CEEC -The Communion Evangelical Episcopal Churches in India. With much prayer, I agreed to the request and was consecrated as a Bishop on 19 April 1997 at the Holy Redeemer’s Cathedral, Oklahoma USA. It was a humbling moment of surrendering my life to the responsible office of the Bishop in His church. In 2001 on the invitation of the Management committee I joined our Cathedral as Bishop and since then I have been serving and experiencing the guidance of the Spirit of God each day to build His kingdom.

I find it fully satisfying in my walk through the missionary journey over 40 years. The Lord’s guidance and grace were so real in the ministry. Looking into the future of our Cathedral, I take the words of the wise man when he said, “Where there is no vision people perish” very seriously. Vision and the mission statement is the great priority for any church or organization.

With God’s help and the full co-operation of the management committee and the Priests, the Vision and mission committee had come out with a wonderful vision statement for 2020 for all of us to carry out in the days to come. Adding 2000 new members to the congregation, establishing 20 new churches, training up 10 pastors of our own, establishing 50 cell groups at the grass root level, and giving new shape to our schools and other challenges are real and the need of our time as a part of the great commission, received from the Lord. I hope and pray that the Lord may enable every member to join hands with me, the priests and the management committee to fulfill the God – given vision in the years to come.