Indian Asia American
Denver, CO: Southwest Bible Chapel & Believers Assembly
In 1970, A. K. Varghese came to the United States and to Southwest Bible Chapel in Denver from Kerala, India, and was the first of many to follow. Thus began a long relationship between the English-speaking members of Southwest Bible Chapel and brothers and sisters from India. The Abraham George family was welcomed in 1974, then the Thomas’, Daniels’, Matthews’, Kapp’s and others.
The Indian believers had some of their own meetings in an Indian language while at Southwest Bible Chapel. In about 1994, some of these families began the Believers Assembly in Denver, meeting in rented quarters and having a special outreach to other Indian families, some of which have been added to their fellowship.
Bronx NY: Indian Brethren Assembly
The Indian Brethren Assembly in the Bronx, NY began in November 1972, meeting in different homes. After May 1973, it shared the facilities of the English-speaking Bronx Gospel Hall at 8909 Teller Avenue for several years. The Indian meeting used the facilities on Sunday afternoons. The assembly moved through several locations in the Bronx and is now at 3241 White Plains Road. Evangelist M.K. Thomas was instrumental in establishing this assembly; others in leadership have included Thomas George, M. Samuel Mathews, Samuel Varghese, and M.S. Mathew. The Malayalam language is used.
Elmont, NY: India Gospel Assembly
The India Gospel Assembly in Elmont, NY began in 1972, deriving from the Indian Brethren Assembly in the Bronx, NY. Those involved in the start-up were C.V. Simon, Samuel Varghese, and P.T. Mathew. Samuel Varghese, P.T. Mathew, Baby Mathew, and P.T. Johm are in leadership. About 150 adults and youngsters attend the assembly.
Warren, MI: India Brethren Assembly
C.V. Baby, with John M.Chacko and a few other believers, started meeting for Bible studies in 1978 in the Chacko’s home in Warren, MI. This led to the formation of the India Believers Gathering. The new assembly met in the Chacko’s home initially, then met in several rented buildings over the years, and in 1997 bought a building at 549 East Marshall, Ferndale. The assembly commended Mr. Baby to the Lord’s work in Agra, India in 1979. Elders have included James Mathew, James Johnson, K.C. Johnson, and K.K. George. The assembly is now known as India Brethren Assembly and uses both English and Malayalam (an Indian language) in its worship.
* Questionnaire Responses
* Letters of Interest, February 1975, p. 31