About Us

Rt. Rev. Dr. K. G. Daniel
Bishop

East Kerala Diocese

The Church Missionary Society began work in this area in 1848 and Rev. Henry Baker Junior came as the first missionary. He is now remembered as "The Apostle of the Hills". History tells that people from Melukavu met Rev. Henry Baker at Kottayam and said, “You must know we know nothing right. Will you teach us or not? We die like beasts and are buried like dogs! Ought you to neglect us? Cholera and fever carried off members of our family�. Henry Baker decided to move eastward and mission work started immediately. The believers were persecuted by the local King’s servants - W.S. Hunt writes,"They were made to stand in water up to their necks, kept in stocks for days, chillies rubbed in their eyes, heads tied in bags filled with large black ants and red wood ants".



Our Congregation

As a growing Church we have about 65,000 members in the Diocese. Number of Churches - 237, Mission Fields -53, of which 3 are in the Slums of Delhi. Our growth in 25 years is more than 3 times in terms of number of Churches and efforts for Human Resource Development in rural areas.


Our People

Liberation became part of Baker's mission and is still a major part of our work today. When he began his work, untouchability, 'pollution by sight' and caste distinctions prevailed and human beings were bought and sold as slaves. Inspired by God’s love, Baker spent his whole life among these people, establishing places of worship, schools and shelters for the sick and dying. These were pioneering efforts to free lower castes from a state of servitude and shame.

Freedom to learn, to enter the premises of law courts, to own property in one's own name and freedom to worship all became realities. The new members of the Diocese are mostly from Tribal (Adivasi) and Dalit backgrounds, Tamil plantation labourers and other smaller communities. We are blessed with great cultural diversity and the richness of both Malayalam and Tamil languages. For many of these people the support and love of God's Church is their only hope for a better and more fulfilling life.


Our Land

The Diocese consists of mountains, peaks, valleys, rivers, deciduous and evergreen forests and is home for many tribes. We are blessed with scenic beauty that attracts tourists from all over the world, including:

  • Thekkady Wild life sanctuary and Thattekkadu bird sanctuaries
  • Hill Stations like Munnar, Devikulam and Peerumedu
  • Mountain slopes like Illikkakalu, Chellar Coil and Elaveezha Poonchira
  • Idukki forest area with 51 mission fields.
  • Tea gardens with challenges of agriculture and livelihood.

Although abundant with gifts of nature, the Diocese is also prone to natural disasters such as drought, heavy storms and landslides. The temperature in our lowlands rarely falls below 32°C but can commonly reach freezing at night in the high ranges.


The Apostle of the Hills

The Church Missionary Society began work in this area in 1848 and Rev. Henry Baker Junior came as the first missionary. He is now remembered as "The Apostle of the Hills". History tells that people from Melukavu met Rev. Henry Baker at Kottayam and said, "You must know we know nothing right. Will you teach us or not? We die like beasts and are buried like dogs! Ought you to neglect us? Cholera and fever carried off members of our family". Henry Baker decided to move eastward and mission work started immediately. The believers were persecuted by the local King’s servants - W.S. Hunt writes," They were made to stand in water up to their necks, kept in stocks for days, chillies rubbed in their eyes, heads tied in bags filled with large black ants and red wood ants".

And yet when let loose they learned the Gospel from the missionaries again. Unlike any other society we are "a people who grabbed the Gospel from Missionaries".


Diocesan Officers


Rev.Biju Joseph

Clergy Secretary

Diocesan Office,
Melukavumattom P.O.,
Kottayam,
Kerala-686652.

09961151959
revbijujoseph@gmail.com

Dr. Josemon George

Lay Secretary

Diocesan Office, 
Melukavumattom P.O.,
Kottayam, 
Kerala-686652.

09447911039
josemon.grg@gmail.com

Rev. V. S. Francis

Treasurer

Diocesan office, 
Melukavumattom P.O.,
Kottayam,Kerala-686652.

9495126055
csiekd@gmail.com


Adv. Mathew Joseph

Registrar

Diocesan office, 
Melukavumattom P.O.,
Kottayam,
Kerala-686652.

09497554399
mathewjoseph83@gmail.com

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C.S.I. Bishop's House, 
Melukavumattom P.O.686 652, Kerala. 

04822 220001 (O) 
04822 219044 (R)
04822 220225
bishopkgdaniel@rediffmail.com
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