Faculty Pool

Dr Balu Savarikannu

Dr Balu Savarikannu

Principal

COTR Theological Seminary

Visakhapatnam, AP

Education:

  • Ph.D. in Old Testament, Asia Graduate School of Theology, Manila, Philippines, 2019
  • M.Th. in Old Testament, South Asian Institute of Advanced Christian Studies, Bangalore, India, 2012
  • M.A. in Theological Studies, South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies, Bangalore, India, 2009
  • B.Th., Bethel Bible Institute, Danishpet, Tamilnadu, India, 2006

Bio

Dr Balu Savarikannu teaches Old Testament, Biblical Hebrew, Advanced Homilitics, and Christian Leadership. He supervises students for their master’s thesis at various seminaries, including COTR, SAIACS, and STPC. He has published a number of articles on Biblical Laments and Prophets. His PhD research was on the polyphonic voices of Lamentations. Earlier, he was a cross-cultural missionary in Bihar, and he spent his early days as a school teacher.

Dr Balu is married to Margaret and they have two sons. Margaret is currently pursuing her PhD in theology at the Asia Graduate School of Theology, Manila, Philippines.

Dr Immanuel Ebenezar

Dr Immanuel Ebenezar

Guest Lecturer

Department of Christian Studies

University of Madras

Chennai, India

Education:

  • Ph.D. in Christian Studies, University of Madras, Chennai, India 2019
  • M.Phil. in Christian Studies, University of Madras, Chennai, India 2004
  • M.A. in Christian Studies, University of Madras, Chennai, India 2003
  • B.Th., Senate of Serampore College, Serampore, India 1999

Bio

Dr Immanuel Ebenezar, since 2011, teaches subjects relating to Christian Studies & Christian Scripture at the Department of Christian Studies, University of Madras, Chennai, earlier as a UGC Project Fellow, Teaching cum Research Fellow and now as a Guest Lecturer. He comes with a wide range of experience. He was IASACT fellow. He has worked as Lecturer in Southern Asia Christian College, Chennai. He also served as an editorial assistant for the International Missiological journal – Dharma Deepika and for the publication of the Oxford Encyclopaedia of South Asian Christianity. He has published several articles in international journals, contributed book chapters, and authored study materials for MA/BA in Christian Studies offered by the Institute of Distance Education, University of Madras. He has presented a number of papers at international and national seminars on Pentecostalism, lived religion, folk religion, and inter-religious exchange among people of various religious traditions as ethnographer. Now he also serves as a Lay Pastor in an AG church in Chennai.

Dr Ebenezar is married to Ms. Suriya,  Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Queen Mary’s College, Chennai.

Dr. Joshua Iyadurai

Dr Joshua Iyyadurai

Founder and Director

MCISR and THEOn

Education:

  • Ph.D. in Christian Studies, University of Madras, Chennai, India, 2008
  • M.Phil. in Christian Studies, University of Madras, Chennai, India, 2002
  • M.A. in Philosophy and Religion, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, India, 1999
  • B.D. Union Biblical Seminary, Pune, India, 1996
  • B.Th., Union Biblical Seminary, Pune, India, 1990

Bio

Dr Joshua Iyadurai is the Founder and Director of Marina Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Religion and THEOn [Theology Online]. He taught theology online at the University of Roehampton, London. He serves as a Guest Faculty at the Department of Christian Studies, University of Madras, Chennai. He is a Visiting Professor at the Department of Advanced Theological Studies, Sam Higginbottom University of Agriculture, Technology and Science (SHUATS), Allahabad; and South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies (SAIACS), Bangalore. He has published several articles in international journals and authored two books titled Social Research Methods: For Students and Scholars of Theology and Religious Studies and Transformative Religious Experience: A Phenomenological Understanding of Religious Conversion. He is currently working on a book: Grounded Theory for Grounded Theologies.

He lives in Chennai with his wife, Hema, and they have three daughters. 

Dr Thomas John

Dr Thomas John

Principal 

MITS, Nagpur

Education

  • D.Th. in Spiritual Theology/Counseling, St. Peters Pontifical Institute, Bangalore, India, 2014
  • M.Th. in Spiritual Theology/Counseling, St. Peters Pontifical Institute, Bangalore, India, 2010
  • M.Th. in Pastoral Theology and Counseling, South Asian Institute of Advanced Christian Studies, Bangalore, India, 2008
  • B.D., United Theological College, Bangalore, India, 1993
  • B.Th., Union Biblical Seminary, Pune, India, 1990

Bio

Dr Thomas John heads the Department of Pastoral Theology and Counselling, besides being the principal of MITS. He has been teaching courses on counseling, pastoral theology, spirituality, and other courses beyond his specialization at various seminaries in India. He has published several articles on spirituality. Dr Thomas John comes with rich ministry experience at the grassroots level; he has served with Operation Mobilization, Youth for Christ, and Young Men Christian Association. 

Dr Vikas Anand Ram

Dr Vikas Anand Ram

Theological Educator and Researcher

Dehradun

Education:

  • Ph.D. in Missions, South Asian Institute of Advanced Christian Studies, Bangalore, India, 2020
  • M.A. in Sociology, Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu, India, 2007
  • M.Th. in New Testament, South Asian Institute of Advanced Christian Studies, Bangalore, India, 2005
  • M.A. in Christianity, South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies, Bangalore, India, 2003
  • B.Sc., Bundelkhand University, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh, India, 1999

Bio

Dr Vikas Anand Ram is a theological educator, researcher, pastor, and social worker. His PhD was on persecution and resilience and his research interest includes, religious violence, religious freedom, and religious conversion. He has been teaching courses related to missiology/intercultural studies. Over fifteen years, he has been serving God in various domains of ministry such as Church, Para-Church, biblical teaching, and both formal and non-formal theological training.