Since he accepted the Lord as his personal savior, the late Pastor John C. Daniel has been instrumental in church planting and in drawing many to the knowledge of Christ. His courage, boldness and pioneering spirit has earned him a place in the history of the Malayalee church in America.


The eldest son of the late C.D John and Mariamma of Chavakayil House, Kollakadavu, Allappizha District, Kerala, he arrived in Bombay seeking a job in 1952. It was there that he accepted the Lord as his personal savior, and he was baptized in water in 1958 and filled with the Holy Spirit. Along with his job, he took leadership in intercessory prayer and gospel outreach, which resulted in a great revival and church growth in the Bombay metropolitan area.


In 1967, with just eight dollars in his hand and with the anointing of the Holy Spirit, he came to the United States on a student visa. He studied electronics and business and eventually got a job with Union Carbide. A few months after his arrival, he expressed his desire to Pastor Achoy Mathew to form a church in New York, and in 1968, he along with Pastor Mathew and a few others, formed the first Malayalee Pentecostal church in the United States, the India Christian Assembly. He also was instrumental in arranging the church’s first convention in 1969 with Pastors K.E Abraham and George Varghese as the speakers.


He was ordained as a minister on December 15, 1968, by Pastor K. E. Abraham at the All Peoples Church in Manhattan, and in 1979, guided by the Holy Spirit, he took leadership in the formation of The New York Pentecostal Church and led many people to Christ. Since then he was actively involved in the ministry and served as the president and senior pastor of The New York Pentecostal Church.


In all his years of ministry, Pastor Daniel was known as a servant of God who prompted and encouraged others in their spiritual growth. Called affectionately as “Pappachen,” he also was known for his charity and his sense of humor. He supported missions in India, pastors and evangelists and helped those in need of housing in India.  Although in later years his health failed him, he was still able to raise his voice to sing and praise God. His wife Saramma Daniel had been most helpful in his success and ministerial growth. She still continues in the ministry, as does his family.


In the course of his ministry, pastor has had the opportunity to travel back to India, preaching in the Kumbanad and Andhra State Conventions. Locally, he was the first vice president of IPC Eastern Region and served the Region Council for three years and was a Council Member until his death on August 5, 2002. He also was key in initiating the citywide monthly fasting and prayer meetings, which fostered unity and fellowship among the churches.

Rev. John C. Daniel


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