|13 December 2013
|Indian Protestant Church elects new moderator
|VISAKHAPATNAM, India (APEN) – The largest Indian Protestant church has elected a new moderator for the next two years.
| Bishop J W Gladstone was elected as the new moderator of the Church of South India (CSI) at its 31st synod held in this southern Indian coastal city on 11 January.
Gladstone is the bishop of the South Kerala Diocese of the CSI, headquartered in the city of Chennai.
Some 425 delegates, comprising bishops, pastors, representatives from different dioceses, and friends from overseas attended the once-in-two-years synod.
The four-million member CSI, founded in 1947, has 22 dioceses, including the Jaffna diocese in Sri Lanka.
The Synod also elected Bishop Christopher Asir of the Madurai-Ramnad diocese as its vice-moderator.
The Reverend Moses Jayakumar from the Karnataka Central Diocese was elected as the general secretary
The CSI, one of the oldest united churches in the world, has 15 thousand congregations in the five south Indian states (provinces) and overseas.
The church has 101 women presbyters and 3,000 men presbyters.
Besides being part of the Anglican Communion, the CSI has membership in the Christian Conference of Asia and the World Council of Churches.