Principal Rev. Dr. D. Christu Das

Contact Information:

Phone: +91 9486472548
E-mail: dchristudas@yahoo.co.in

Biography:

Professor Christu Das is from Marayamuttom in the Trivandrum district of Kerala. He earned a B.Th. from Concordia Theological Seminary, Nagercoil, in 1983; a B.D. from Kerala United Theological Seminary, Trivandrum, in 1988; an M.Th. from the Federated Faculty for Research in Religion and Culture (FFRRC) Kerala, Kottayam, in 2001; and a D.Th. from Gurukul Lutheran Theological College & Research Institute, Chennai, in 2015. The title of his doctoral dissertation was: ‘An Unacknowledged Subaltern Solidarity – A re-reading of History of Lutherans in Kerala (1911-2011)’.

He has served as a catechist in the Marayamuttom Pastorate (Kottackal, Muverikkara, Mattancode churches) Mylakkara, Katchaini, Kavadithalakkal, Kalathukal churches & City Pastorate of Trivandrum District Synod, IELC. He interned at Cochin & Alleppy Churches of IELC. He served his probation period in City Pastorate & Kancode Pastorate –TDS. He was ordained in the Office of the Holy Ministry on 17 August, 1986. After ordination, he served as pastor in Kallayam, Kattachakonam, Medical college, Concordia and Keopky Memorial— Pastorates of Trivandrum Circle. From 2002–05, he served as part-time faculty for CTSN and has served as full-time faculty from 2005 to present. He was elected Principal of CTSN in February 2017, and has been serving as Principal since the end of March, 2017 until present.

Professor Christu Das is married, with two sons.

Courses Taught:

Methodological issues in Christian Historiography
History of Christianity up to the Eighteenth Century
History of Christianity in India
Development of Contemporary Global Missiological Perspectives
Women in the History of Christianity
Contemporary Issues in Christian Mission and Evangelism
History of the Ecumenical Movements
History of Reformation
History of Christianity of Dalits, Advisees and Tribal’s of India
History of Lutherans in India
Homiletics

Research Interests:

Methodological issues in Indian Christian historiography
Ministry in the Early Christian Church
Lutheran view of Episcopacy

Original Publications:

Aazhangalile Anugrahathinte Uravakal (Mal.) (‘The Source of Blessings from the Depth’) 2007, CSS, Thiruvalla.

Tranqueabar to Travancore (Eng,) ISPCK, DELHI, 2008. ISBN 978-81-8458-064-8.

Martin Luther, Vachanathinte Vineetha Dasan (‘Martin Luther: Humble Servant of the Word’), CSS, Tiruvalla. Four editions (2008, 2009, 2010, 2016) ISBN 978-81-7821-259-3.

Arthavathaya Aathmeekatha (Meaningful Spirituality), CSS, Tiruvalla 2011. ISBN 978-81-7821-336-1.

Translations:

Aathmeeka Yathra Sahayi -2005 (English to Malayalam) for Catch the vision

Kattekkismus -2007 (English to Malayalam) for LHF

Prarambha Vetha Charithram 2008 (Tamil to Malalayalam) for LHF

Book of Isaiah– BCC Course (2015) from English to Malalayalam for Malabar Mission Society

Published Articles

‘Doing Mission in the context of Ecological Crisis’, in Doing Mission in India Today, edited by H. Vanlalauva. West Bengal: SATHRI, 2012.

‘A Study on the Historical development of Ministry in the Pre- Constantine Period’, SATHRI Journal, vol. VII, No. 1 (April, 2013), 204–25.

‘The Indian Christian Lutheran Communion: Challenges and Hope’, Gurukul Journal of Theological Studies, vol. XXII, No. 2 (June 2011), 66–75.

‘First Protestant Christian Mission in South Travancore: A Re-reading’, Kerala Theological Journal, 8 (February 2016), 47–54.

‘Presanna Kumary Samuel’, in Dictionary of Luther and the Lutheran Traditions, edited by Timothy J.Wengert and Robert Kolb. Baker Publishing Group, (forthcoming)

Devotional Writings:

Santhano K Pathro (ed.) Gurukul Daily Devotion 2011. Celebrating the lives of God’s people, Week 40, Sunday October 2-Saturday October 8. Celebrate Life that is real. pp. 314–21.

Santhano K Pathro(ed.) Gurukul Daily Devotion 2012. Christian Discipleship Week 44, Sunday October 29-Saturday November 3. Martin Luther and Discipleship. pp. 345–52.

Santhi Sudha Monica(ed.) Gurukul Daily Devotion 2013. God of Life, lead us to justice and peace, Week 28, Sunday July 7-Saturday July 13. Justice in the Inter-religious relationships. pp. 215–22.