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Our Pastor

Pastor at A G Vizhavoor

Pastor J. Bennet
+91 471 228 3631
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History

When Aramada Pentacost Church (Koodarapally) was founded in Aramada under the pioneership of Aramada Kochukunju Vadhyar, a prayer warrior and pious mother lived at Vizhavoor known as ‘Kulathinkara Ammumma’. She had three literate sons, who have secured reverence in the locality. They were Mathai Asan, Samuel Vadhyar and Yohannan Sar. The younger son Yohannan was a Luthren pastor and Samuel Vadhyar was a school teacher. The elder son was an expert in Martial Arts and Marma Medicine. He captured the notorious ‘Vellayani Paramu’ and handed over to the Nemom Travancore Police. Even though he was offered job to the post of police constable he did not accept the offer of Govt. The repentance of Mathai Asan had become a great miracle among the people of the locality.

The family members of Mathai Asan, Samuel Vadhyar, Danam and some other members used to attend the worship at koodarapally for spiritual fellowship. But due to the flood in the Karamana river, a Pentacostal fellowship was started in 1925 at the property of Madathuvila Samuel Vadhyar Sri. Mathai Asan was the pioneer of this fellowship. During the time, Sri. M. Johnson, the elder son of Mathai Asan married Smt. Nesamma, the younger daughter of Sri. David, founder of Hebron AG Church, Konniyoor. Besides this Sri. D. Joshna, the younger son of Sri. David married Smt. Elsi, the elder daughter of Mathai Asan. This incident had helped the Madathuvila Church to have contact with A.G. Denomination and for the spiritual growth of both the churches.

In 1946, Bro. M. Johnson the elder son of Mathai Asan resigned from Indian Army. He had good command over English language. In 1950 he joined Bethel Bible school Punalur and he got the opportunity to be a translator of foreign Missionaries. Many missionaries used to visit Madathuvila Church and thus it Paved the way for having further contact with AG Denomination. After the graduation Sri. M. Johnson worked as an evangelist of Madathuvila Church besides being a translator for the Missionaries. In 1955, Madathuvila Church was affiliated to Assemblies of God under M. Johnson and he has become the founder and the first pastor of A.G. Church. At the time, the worship was shifted to the premises of the house of Sri. Mathai Asan at Vadakevila. The first Sunday School Anniversary was conducted on 28th December 1955. The first Convention and CA Camp were also held in the shed in March 1956. At the same time, the early works for a Church building were started and 34 cents of land was purchased in the premises of the present church. The construction work of the church building was completed on 6.11.1956 and the worship started there. The missionaries like Miss. Martha, Kusera, Mildred, Gin, Lidya Grainer, Miss Esler, Rev. Hodges have visited the church many times. Rev. E.A. Sorbo, Rev. A.C. Samuel (District Superintendent) Rev. R. Samuel (Presbyter) helped a lot for the purchase of the land for the church. Later Rev. P.D. Johnson, has also given valuate help for the growth of the church.

Gradually, the church started its growth under the leadership of Pastor M. Johnson, Sunday School, C.A. were started. Pastor M. Johnson was elected as the first President of Malayalam District C.A. Women Fellowship was also formed and Smt. Esther, wife of Samuel Vadhyar took the leadership for this. Smt. Nesamma, wife of Pastor M. Johnson and other women had participated in the fellowship.

At the time of the beginning of the Church itself, a younger generation had also come into existence. Sri. M. Paulose, son of Mathai Asan, Sri. S. Francis, son of Samuel Vadhyar, Sri. N. Nesan, son of Nehamiah, who were govt. employees, took the leadership in the field of Sunday school, C.A. and Church activities Sri. M. Paulose and Sri. S. Francis had served as secretary and Treasurer for many years.

The following had worked as pastors of the A.G. Vizhavoor Church on transfer of Pr. M. Johnson to Kaliakavila A.G.

Pastor M Johnson

Pastor M. Johnson is the founder of A G Church Vizhavoor. During his period he could lay the firm foundation in both spiritual and physical aspects. Sunday School, Christ's Ambassadors (CA) & Women's Association were formed during his first tenure itself. He was the First CA president of Kerala State in the year 1955 (Doothan Magazine 1955). He translated the Sunday School lessons to Malayalam which enabled to circulate among churches in those beginning days. He performed his services as CA President of Kattakada Section, CA President of Southern Section, District CA President, Kattakada Centre Pastor, Malayalam District Executive Committee Member and Translator of foreign Missionaries. He was a good leader and organizer. During his tenure he promoted and encouraged the youth members in spiritual fields. Bro. M. Paulose, S. Fransis, N. Simon were the persons who took the leadership of the church in that time for a certain period. His wife Smt. D. Nesamma was a member of Konniyoor family. He has two daughters and five sons. In the year 1957 he was transferred to A G Kaliyikkavila. He handed over the charge of the church to Pastor R. Njanamony.

Pastor Njanamoni [1957 - 1961]

Pastor R. Njanamony is a native of Chembiyode. He took charge of Vizhavoor church in 1957. During his period a branch work started at Peyad. Later it developed as a self supporting church. Now it is one of the best churches in Trivandrum East Section. Now he is no more.

Pastor A. J. John [1961 - 1965]

Pastor A J John of Puthukulangara took charge as the pastor of this church after Pastor Njanamony. Now he is no more. His wife Smt. Thankamma. Sons Sunny, Stantly, Jose, Livingston are the family members

Pastor I. Moses [1965 - 1969]

He was the native of Orambu in Tamil Nadu. He suffered a lot during his tenure. The First Parsonage was constructed within church compound during his period. His wife Selva Ratnam. Sons are Rev. Valsalan (Assemblies of God, Karnataka), Rev Sam David (Assemblies of God), Rev. Sam Raj (Assemblies of God, Karnataka). Daughter Sis. Mary Sulochana. Rev. N. Peter is his son-in-law.

Pastor M. Johnson [1969 - 1975]

The pioneer pastor once again took charge of A G Vizhavoor which marked another remarkable period in the history of our church. During this time the first church hall constructed in 1956 was renovated and extended. A G Vizhavoor awarded Best Sunday School trophies during the beginning ages of Sunday School Competitions in the district level. At that time also very tight competitions were faced. During his tenure he introduced English programme in CA meetings which enabled the youth to handle English in decent manner. The AG choir of Vizhavoor presented a programme in the All India Radio (AIR). The spiritual meetings conducted in his time influenced the believers and the practice of giving their wealth for gospel oriented works. That marked another period of church growth. New families came to church and they are still active. After his retirement he expired on Jan 17th 1976. His wife Smt. N. Nesamma entered into glory on 19-02-1984. Smt N. Vijayamma wife of Pastor Justus Regulas, Smt. N Victoria (Rtd. Head Nurse) wife of Sri. S James, Sri. J. Wesly (Indian Railway), J. Wellesly (Ex-service), J William (Pastor A G Venniyoor), J Wilfred (Rtd. Asst. Commissioner of Police, Trivandrum City) , Sri Vijayaraj are his children. Smt. D. Mary (Rtd. Deputy Commissioner of Excise), Smt. Darly Regulas (Rtd Keltron Employee), Smt Thankam and Smt V. B. Usha are the daughter-in-laws of Pastor M. Johnson.

Pastor J. Ebenezer [1975 - 1979]

A native of Konniyoor. A Period of struggle, confusion and problems. His wife is Mercy Kamalam (late). Sis. Victoria and Sis. Florence are daughters.

Pastor D. Enose [1979 - 1983]

Pr. D Enose took charge of this church in a period of struggle, confusion and problems. But he could solve almost all problems by attaining the support of the members of the church. A good choir group was re-constructed during his period. He tried his best to improve the spiritual posision of the church. His wife Sisly and sons Issac, Pr. Yahdethmony (Treasurer, Dist. Executive committee), Samuel, Rinkle Tobe and daughter Esther.

Pastor J. Nelson [1983 - 1988]

Pastor J Nelson a native of Konniyoor was in charge of this church on two other short periods as additional charge. During this period many problems arose and he was transferred. His wife Sillamma. Daughters Beulah, Linta. Sons Paul & Stantly.

Pastor Wilfred Sam [1988 - 1993]

A native of Vilappil who is very much interested in house visiting. He is a man of prayer. His wife pushpa Bai. Son Shine Sam who is also a pastor. Daughters, Betty Ginn and Gifty Ginn.

Pastor G. Philippose [1993 - 1995]

A native of Vellanad. A branch work at Pottayil was started during his period. A G Pottayil is a recognized church. He was an all rounder in many fields. While he was at A G Vizhavoor he had to undergone treatments for various diseases. His wife Marykutty. Sons, Joy Philip, Victor Philip. Daughters Eliamma Philip and Daisy Philip. During the absence of Pr. G Philippose, Pastor B. K. Baiju led us for a short period.

Pastor Njanadas [1995 - 1999]

Another period of church growth. A Man of effective and short messages who motivated us for the construction of new parsonage, new church hall etc., He was very much satisfied with what he get from church. There is not complaint about salary or income. He recommended to cut his salary and utilize for construction work. New families came to our congregation during this time. His son Ebenezer acted as CA Secretary and Editor of first Manuscript Magazine published by CA Department. His wife Leela, Son. Ebenezer and Daughter Debora.

Pastor N Christudas [1999 - 2003]

Pastor N. Christudas took charge of A G Vizhavoor after his tenure at A G Thirumala and new ideologies attracted the young and all members of the church to work together for the glory of God. August 15th Independence day was celebrated as gospel tour. Vilavoorkal panchayat evangelization was another target. He also took initiative to start Vizhavoor Christian Charitable Society by co-ordinating other churches in Vizhavoor. A new parsonage was constructed during his period. Seven cents of land purchased and attached to existing church compound. One cent of land was purchased for Cemetery at Malamukal. Pappanamcode work was strengthened during his period. New families were attracted to our congregation during his tenure. His brother Pr Sathyadas delivered powerful messages. His wife Jaya was the president of Women's Missionary Council. He was a leader... in the section level, Region level and district level. He has two daughters Feba and Reeba. Without any problem he requested to transfer and transferred to A G Nedumkuzhi.

Pastor N. Christudanam [2003 - 2009]

This was a period of lot of ups and downs. Compound wall was constructed. A Store room, kitchen and work area were constructed adjoining to parsonage. Two cents of land was purchased from Sri. S Titus and attached to church compound. The existing church Hall was demolished and new church hall constructed in his time. Prayer cells were formed at his time. Though his time, made progress in the construction of new church hall etc., his last months marked a period of dark ages in the history of A G Vizhavoor. During the period of foreign visit of Pastor N. Christudanam Pr. Daniel of Konniyoor was our pastor for few months. He was a faculty of Bethany Bible College, Trivandrum.

Pastor G. Johnson [2009 - 2014 May 25]

Pastor G. Johnson took charge of our church in a worse situation. But his courage and hard work changed the situation very quickly. He succeeded to re-unite the members in our church. He took charge from Olathanni church. During his tenure the work of first floor of our church building were started. We started our website (www.agvizhavoor.com) in his time. His wife Mrs. Suganthi worked as WMC president over the years and supported the work as well. He have two children, Samuel (Degree Student) and Rachel (+2 student). He transferred to A G Nambiathi on May 1 2015.

Pastor J Bennet [2014 May 25 - present]

Pastor. J. Bennet is currently ministering our church. His wife is Thresya. Son: Pastor James Daughters : Jessymol B T & Jencymol BT