Rev. Asir Ebenezer, former Director of the CSI SEVA assumes the office of the General Secretary of the National Council of Churches in India, the apex body and ecumenical expression of Protestant and Orthodox Churches as well as ecumenical organizations, regional councils and agencies in India. This is the first a priest of CSI (Church of South India) reaches this coveted post.
The Officers, directors and the staff of the CSI Synod send their greetings and pray that under his leadership, NCCI reaches new heights.
The news release by NCCI is given below:
The installation of Rev. Asir Ebenezer as the new the General Secretary took place on 3 January 2019. The program began with a worship service in which the Office bearers of NCCI, members of Working Committee, Finance Committee, Executive Secretaries and Staff were present. The President handed over a copy of The Holy Bible and Constitution of NCCI to the new General Secretary. Rev. Dr. Roger Gaikwad the outgoing General Secretary handed over the charge. Rev. Asir Ebenezer was felicitated by the Church dignitaries who graced the occasion. After the installation service, Rev. Asir Ebenezer was led to the General Secretary’s room where he was seated in the general secretary’s chair. Rt. Rev. Dr. J. George Stephen, Bishop of Madras Diocese consecrated him in prayer.
Rev. Asir Ebenezer is an ordained minister of the Church of South India (CSI). He has been in ministry since 1992 and has served in various positions in national and global ecumenical forums.
Prior to this, he was serving as Director of Social Empowerment: Vision in Action (CSI_SEVA) at the CSI Synod. He had earlier served the NCCI in various positions, including Officiating General Secretary of NCCI in between 2004 and 2010. A well-known figure in ecumenical circles, theologian, community-enabler and finance expert, the multiple competencies of Rev. Asir Ebenezer will go a long way to strengthen the council.
The office Bearers, Secretaries, and the Staff of the NCCI welcome Rev. Asir Ebenezer and wish him well in his new responsibility.