Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church
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|Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church|
|Moderator||Bishop K.Fredrick Paradesi Babu|
|Associations||National Council of Churches in India, WCC|
|Region||Andhra Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands|
|Founder||United Evangelical Lutheran Church in America|
|Branched from||Evangelical Lutheran Church in America|
|Data as of September 2008. 43rd Biennial Report 2007, page 6.|
|Office Bearers of the AELC|
Bishop K. Fredrick Paradesi Babu
Smt. J. Mary Grace Raja Kishore
Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church (AELC) was constituted in the year 1927 in Andhra Pradesh, India. It is the Indian successor to the United Lutheran Church in America which was started as a self-supporting, self-governing, and self-propagating church among Telugu Christians.
- Andhra Christian Theological College, Hyderabad
- Lutheran World Federation (LWF), Geneva
- It is an affiliate member of the National Council of Churches in India (NCCI), Nagpur
- It is a member church in the United Evangelical Lutheran Churches in India (UELCI) – a communion of Lutheran Churches, Chennai
- Asia Lutheran Communion
In Andhra Pradesh
As a first step, schools were established. With new baptisms, the confidence of the missionaries increased. Later hospitals were established.
The current Moderator / Bishop of the AELC is Bishop K.Fredarick Paradesi Babu.
For administrative purposes, six synods have been established, each taken care of by a Synod President. A 24-member Executive Council whose members are drawn from the six synods administers the Church society.
|Synod Presidents of the AELC|
Rev. V. G. Devadas
Rev. P.David Raju
Rev. K. F. Paradesi Babu
Rev. K.Ratna Mohan
Rev. Ch. Elia
Rev. A. Bhaskara Rao
Moderator / Bishop
The Executive Council of this Church Society elects a set of office-bearers each quadrennium. The Moderator / Bishop heads this century-old Church Society. In earlier nomenclature, the term President was used. However, with the arrival of Rev. G. Emmanuel, the nomenclature was changed to Moderator / Bishop to denote a more ecclesiastical term. However, the term President also continues to be used.
For long, women's ordination in the AELC was taboo. One of the first theologically trained women of this Church, the Fuller Theological Seminary-educated Rev. Dr B. V. Subbamma could have been ordained long ago. But Church leaders, fearing her leadership kept the issue of women's ordination aside.
However, with sustained efforts and dialogue of Dr. K. Rajaratnam, Rev. Dr. Prasanna Kumari Samuel, and Dr. Monica J. Melanchton of the Gurukul Lutheran Theological College and Research Institute (GLTCRI), the dream of women's ordination became a reality. With the active cooperation of the then President, Bishop G. Emmanuel, seventeen women were ordained into pastoral ministry on 20 February 1999.
- Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church, Almanac 2008, Published by the Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church, Post Box Number 205, Guntur 522 002. The almanac does not include the name of the recently-elected President Prof. Suneel Bhanu
- Professor B. Suneel Bhanu was elected as the President of the AELC for a term of four years beginning from 1 June 2009 replacing Bishop V. E. Christopher. Professor Bhanu pursued theological studies up to M. Th. under the Senate of Serampore College (University). Prof. Bhanu taught at the prestigious Bishop's College in Kolkata and thereafter at the Gurukul Lutheran Theological College in Chennai. Although the Professor holds a PhD from Japan, it is not recognised by the Senate of Serampore College (University). The Senate of Serampore College (University) is a University under Section 2(f) of the University Grants Commission. 
- United Evangelical Lutheran Churches in India  AELC
- Kolluri Luther Richardson, Towards Self-Reliance : A historical survey of the programmes and efforts of Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church from 1927–1969, Published by Christopher and Kanakaiah, Vijayawada, 2003.
- Lutheran World  Worldwide Faith News
- National Council of Churches in India  Affiliate Members
- UELCI  Member Churches
- Luther Richardson, Kolluri, Rev., Towards Self-Reliance, p. xi, Editorial by Rev. Dr. D. V. Daniel
- Almanac 2008, pp. 1–8
- Almanac 2008, p. 3
- Lutheran World  Worldwide Faith News
- Victor Premasagar, Indian Women in Evangelism and Theology, Published by Dr. B. V. Subbamma, October 2005. pp. 12–15
|List of Presidentships|
- Kolluri Luther Richardson (2003). Towards Self-Reliance : A historical survey of the programmes and efforts of Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church from 1927–1969, Published by Christopher and Kanakaiah, Vijayawada.
- Martin Senftleben (1992). Influences of Hinduism on Christianity in Andhra Pradesh. Unpublished PhD thesis, Sri Venkateshwara University, Tirupati (PDF) I.
- _______________, (1992). Influences of Hinduism on Christianity in Andhra Pradesh. Unpublished PhD thesis, Sri Venkateshwara University, Tirupati (PDF) II.
- B. C. Paul (1984). The Emergence of a Church in South India: A Study of the Growth and Development of the Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church: 1905–1927. (Unpublished Th. D. thesis submitted to the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.).