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in the Most Holy name of the Father and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit, on true God...Amen.
The Church :
India Christian Mission Church is an Anglican Church formed in 1897 AD by the Anglican Priests from the Parish of Bicester, Oxford shire of England ( of the Church of England) - The Late lamented Rev.Arthur S.Paynter and the Rev.Willian Henry Greet. The Church adheres to the Book of Common Prayer 1928 and the 39 Articles of Religion and all the tenets of the Anglican Communion in general. This is the Church which has not joined with the Union of CSI / CNI during the years 1947 / 1964 and kept its own identity. The Church enjoys valid Apostolic Succession of the Anglican, Eastern Orthodox and the Roman Catholic lineages. Now the Church has 05 Dioceses and 05 Mission Centers apart from Province of Sri Lanka.
The Seminary :
The India Christian Mission Church has started a Theological Seminary during the year 1915 at BHOGOLU village in a 25 acre beautiful Mango and Cashew nut garden. This has faced tremendous financial constrains during the second world war and finally closed in the year 1955 after around 40 long years, by producing hundreds of Men of God.
This Seminary was restarted in the name of The Saint Andrew's Theological College & Seminary in the year 2005 by His Grace The Most Rev.Dr.John SDR Nakka at the Cathedral Compound of the India Christian Mission Church at ELURU city, Andhra Pradesh, South India.
The Seminary has a distinct syllabus which also includes Sacred Theology, Mariology, Pastoralia, the Effective Methods of Soul Winning, Social Work and the primary medical care.
Accreditation / Affiliation of the Seminary :
The Indian Union or the States have no tradition / system of affiliating or accrediting the Christian Religious Courses / Degrees /Colleges and Universities in India. The system of unitary and open Universities is existed for the general and professional courses / Degrees emerged by the Acts of Parliament or Assemblies of the States purely on secular basis but not for any of the religious nature and hence, we do not have any accreditation / affiliation with any Univerity in India.
There are no traditional accrediting agencies in India for Theological Courses. However, we have Senate of Serampore in Calcutta of Anglicans, in West Bengal State of North India which is a traditional Theological College started during the Indo British Government which is granting affiliations / accreditations to certain courses / degrees in different Colleges. We found it very expensive and needs to stick to their syllabus for which we can not manage as we have our own distinct syllabus to train up and equip the candidates for Lay and Holy Orders to fit for any of the World Christian denominations.
Generally, St.Andrew’s Theological College & Seminary is the Official religious Organ of The 117 year old traditional India Christian Mission Church which was recognised by the State as all the primry and Secondary Schools run by the Church is obtaining State Grant in Aid for last around 100 years. The College & Seminary is also the official arm of The Order of Saint James ( HQ : UK and National Office at ELURU, India ) and hence this College & Seminary has its own existence and background of the Church and automatically gains recognition from all the Churches. The Candidates trained in this College & Seminary are working in many denominational / Independent Churches.
Apart from it, we have a continental level Association called Asian Theological Association ( ATA ) headquartered in Philippines
in which we sought the Associate Membership. This is expected during this academic year itself.