We started as a house fellowship in 1992, when a few medical students and others began to experience the salvation of God in a marvelous way and decided to submit totally to the Lordship of Jesus. As a result, they had to make radical decisions in their lives amidst much opposition. Having received help from men of God, the group began to meet in the house of a late retired college professor, Mrs. Teresa Geevarghese, in Kollam, Kerala. The fellowship was given impetus and helped for many years by Pastor Stanley F. Hickman from USA, whose anointed ministry helped lay proper biblical foundations in our walk. We moved out from meeting in the house in Pattathanam area in Kollam, (hence the first name, “Church at Pattathanam”), and finally God enabled us to purchase the premises where we are gathering at present.
The fellowship took more shape after God brought in the present leadership, who also began to minister the Word of God in various places within Kerala and outside. From the beginning, we saw the need of being discipled and taught the ways of God. The ministry grew and we knew that we were called to lay proper biblical foundations both in individual lives and in various groups where we were being sent to serve. We rechristened ourselves as “The Disciples Fellowship” in 2000, and had the privilege to see many of our church members go out from among us and become effective workers for Christ Jesus. Some have even been used of God to start new churches and fellowships. Over the years, we have served various churches and partnered much missionary activity and we hope to do much more in the days to come. We are very excited about serving God in a time like this.
To bring people into God’s purposes and build people in God’s ways, so that we can manifest His kingdom here on earth and work towards the ultimate aim of God, that is – Christ in all and is all.
Growing as True Disciples of Jesus and Discipling others Intentionally
Jacob K. Mathai
Jeffy as he is affectionately called, served as Pastor till 2011 and now feels called to move on to serve also outside the local church, along with his responsibilities to the church as Senior Pastor. He travels extensively to mission stations and has a wider role in helping other churches to grow to the full stature of Christ. He also helps his wife Elizabeth (Deepa) in running “The King’s School” in Kollam which has grown up to be a Christian institution of great repute. They have an adult son Joel.
Vinod C. Samuel
Vinod serves the church as Lead Pastor and finds joy in raising up and training people to take up their responsibilities in the church and outside. He has a primary calling to prophetic teaching and is equally happy to utilize his gifting when called to serve in various other churches. His wife Dr. Wilsy has her vocation as a dentist and heads the women’s pastoral work and other counselling programs. They have two adult children Daniel and Rachel.
Nicholas H. Pereira
Nicky serves as the third elder in the church and has an anointing for intercession and breakthrough praying. He also works as Director of Proclaimers India which is involved in training and equipping pastors and leaders all over India and in the neighbouring nations. He and his wife Shanti have four adult children Nishi, Neethi, Naomi and Jacob.
Dr. Sunil Abraham Ninan is a blessing to the church and has an overall ministry of encouraging and equipping people to grow as disciples. He is much involved in teaching and has a special burden for the young adults in the church whom he guides along with his wife Dr. Shanti. He is also a neonatologist of repute, practicing as a consultant in two major hospitals in Kollam city, Kerala.
Dr. Mathai John serves the church with passion and great enthusiasm and also manages the affairs of the Trust in which he functions as its Secretary. He has a passion for worship and a great heart to serve the people of God through all means possible. He is a dentist by profession and his wife Vigi is a godly motivator involved in the worship team.
Achenkunju G. is gifted in the area of administration and is instrumental in the day to day management of the church. Skilled in electronics he is a trainer in Mobile technical training institute and serves part time at the church office along with his wife Zeena who works full time as an able secretary in the church office.
Dr Sujith Mathews John was with the church right from the beginning and had a long gap doing his medical work abroad. He now actively serves the church here giving his time and efforts in mentoring and helping to teach and serve, along with being a great witness in his workplace.
- 8 to 10 am – English Service every Sunday
- 11 to 1 pm – Malayalam Service every Sunday
- 4 to 6 pm – Hindi Service every Sunday
- 10 to 1 pm – Combined Service on the 1st Sunday of every month
We have an excellent team of godly teachers serving our children and we are greatly excited to see them learning God’s ways and deciding to obey Jesus from an early age. There are seven separate divisions catering to children from age 4 all the way into their teens. We have children coming from other churches which lack proper Sunday School and we also conduct regular camps and annual VBS meetings.
- 10 to 12 pm – First Sunday
- 10 to 11 am – Other Sundays
Our youth meetings for teens are a combination of great fun and serious interaction where they open up their lives before the Lord and ask for help regarding their future. They are a very promising group and we find great joy in seeing their lives being molded against the worldly and godless generation that they live in.
- 2 to 4 pm – First Sunday
The young adults at our church come together twice every month to explore who Jesus is and what it means to be His followers in this present day world. They are a vibrant group and also meet informally whenever possible during the week for prayer and discussion.
- 2:30 to 4 pm – 2nd and 4th Sundays
We have area based life groups that meet on weekdays in various parts of the town. These are times of great fellowship and there is encouragement from the Scriptures so that we can grow to be healthy disciples of Jesus. There are moments of heartfelt intercession and also opportunity for new comers to be counseled and helped in prayer for deliverance and other needs. We affirm to the fact that fellowshipping with each other is key to growth in the body of Christ and the example of Jesus in serving others should be worked out within the life groups practically as much as possible.