India is a richly diverse community, inclosing a diverse range of ethnic groups, each, not just different, but on occasion quite the opposite.
Arunachal Pradesh Region is one of the newest church units in the Southern Asia Division, encompassing the state of Arunachal Pradesh. On June 30, 2019, Arunachal Pradesh Region had one church, membership of 367, and a population of 1,551,227.
James Franklin Ashlock served the Seventh-day Adventist church as a pioneer evangelist, teacher, pastor, union president and division secretary in the Southern Asia Division where he ministered with his wife, Marcella, a nurse.
Marion Belchambers was a pioneer worker who served the Seventh-day Adventist Church as a teacher and administrator, as well as at the publishing house in India.
Charles Ronald Bonney, whose service to the Seventh-day Adventist Church began in his native British Isles, extended to the Indian subcontinent, and concluded in the United States, distinguished himself as a teacher, pastor, radio speaker, Voice of Prophecy director, and secretary of Southern Asia Division as it was in 1962-- India, Burma, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), Pakistan (Pakistan-Bangladesh), Nepal and Bhutan.
Robert James Borrowdale was an early pioneer missionary who served the Seventh-Adventist church along with his wife, Leonora, in Northeast India in the Southern Asia Division.
Kheroda Bose was the first person to be baptized as a Seventh-day Adventist in India.
Georgia Burrus Burgess was the first Adventist missionary to India (including present India, Pakistan, Bangladesh) and the first single-woman missionary of the Adventist church to a non-Christian country.
Nanibala Biswas, born in 1885 in a high caste Hindu family in Calcuta (Kolkatta), was the first non-Christian to accept the Adventist message in India in 1896.
Dr. Maliakal Eapen Cherian served the Seventh-day Adventist Church as the president of Spicer Memorial College (Spicer Adventist University) and as the president of the Southern Asia Division.
Gerald J. Christo was the first Indian national to serve as Secretary and President of Southern Asia Division, and represents the transition from expatriate to national leadership at many levels—school, Mission, Union, and Division.
Alexander William Cormack was born on October 12, 1887, in Willoughby, suburban Sydney, New South Wales. His parents were Alexander and Frances (McMahon) Cormack who had four children: Mary Augusta (b.1877), Alexander William (b.1887), Frances Elizabeth (b.1890) and Benjamin (b.1892).
When in 1963 the East Central India Union stated that it could not afford either in terms of funds or personnel so many sections and cited a breakdown in progress, leadership voted to combine those sections that spoke the same language, a move that applied to the two Andhra sections, the two Tamil sections, and the two Kannada sections. The two Kerala Sections were joined under the leadership of V. D. Edward.
Roland Sylvester Fernando served as pastor-evangelist and executive officer of missions and unions in India, Bangladesh, and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka).
Cecil Bennett Guild, a second-generation minister, was a church administrator who served the Seventh-day Adventist church with his wife Nora, in China, Burma and India.
Ivan Duke Higgins, a college professor and administrator, who served the Seventh-day Adventist church with distinction in four continents: Asia, Africa, Australia and North America.
A group of people among the Nadars of Tamilnadu1 observed the seventh-day Sabbath before Adventists arrived in India. The group still exists as the “Hindu Church of Lord Jesus” and still observes the Sabbath.
Donald Walter Hunter was a pastor, department director and church administrator whose ministry and administrative skills extended to every level of church polity from local church to the General Conference, and who has left an indelible mark in the training and development of workers in Southern Asia Division where he served as president of three Union missions before he completed his denominational career as two-term associate secretary of the General Conference.
The territory of the India Union Mission included India, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), and Burma (now Myanmar). At the end of 1919, the union had 978 baptized members spread over 26 churches. India Union Mission was operational from 1910 to 1919.
The Indian Christian Training School (ICTS) opened on November 3, 1915 in a large rented bungalow within a large compound on 17 Abbott Road, Lucknow. I. F. Blue, a former professor of Union College, was the founding principal of the school.