The late Rev. K.V. Kurian, whose spiritual journey began as a high school student in India and has served the Lord in full-time ministry for more than half his life, has long and well-established ties to the IPC community in his native land, India, and in the United States, his adopted homeland.

 

He was born Kakkanattu Varkey Kurian on Aug. 23, 1939, in Elappara, Kerala, to K.K. Varkey and Annamma Varkey as one of two sons and three daughters. At the age of six, he moved to Kottayam. He was 18 when he developed jaundice that brought him to a near-death experience. When his condition worsened, his mother cried out to the Lord and vowed to dedicate him for the Lordís work if he were to be healed. His motherís answered prayers and deliverance from his affliction proved to be a life-altering event that prompted him to begin his journey of faith.

 

Since then his ministry has taken him to various parts of India and in the 1970s brought him to New York. Following his marriage to Sis. Annamma in 1958, he pursued his theological studies. After attending Shalom and Bethel Bible Schools in Kerala, lacking financial resources to travel to northern India for the ministry, he sold his wristwatch to buy a train ticket to Ittarsi. He was the first missionary to northern India from Kottayam Philadelphia Church in Kerala. His ministry took him to Nepal and across India, including Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Orissa, Bihar and West Bengal. After completing further studies at Southern Asia Bible College in Bangalore, he ministered in Bhilai and Bombay, preaching and planting. In 1969, he helped establish the India Pentecostal Church in Bombay and served as its pastor for several years. The same year he also served as the first president of the India Pentecostal Church Northern Region.

 

Pastor Kurian came to New York in 1974, first pastoring at India Christian Assembly in Hollis, New York, from 1975 to 1988. From 1988 until his death in 2002, he pastored the India Pentecostal Assembly in Hicksville, which he founded, also in New York. His wife and his daughter, Esther and five sons, Finney, Samuel, Jabez, Benjamin, and Christopher had been a steady source of support and strength to his ministry.

 

In the 1980s and '90s, as the Malayalee Pentecostal community in the United States grew with an influx of immigrants, Pastor Kurian saw the need for a national council for IPC churches. He helped organize the IPC North American Council and served as its first president. He also served in other leadership roles. He was the convener of the first IPC Family Conference held in New York in 1999. In 1993, he was appointed president of the IPC Maharashstra Region, which encompasses more than 60 churches, and in 2000, he became president of the IPC Eastern Region.

Throughout his ministry, Pastor Kurian was known primarily for his charismatic sermons, biblical scholarship and outstanding leadership. His ever-abiding love and understanding for the first- and second-generation youth growing up in America, his sense of humor, his care and concern for those in need earned him an eternal place in the hearts of many.

 

On September 3, 2002, during his tenure as the president of the IPC Eastern region, Rev. K.V. Kurian was called to eternal rest. The council especially remembers with joy and gratitude his service and contributions to the Pentecostal community in the United Sates and in India.

Rev. K.V. Kurian

 

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