The Pentecostal Mission


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The Pentecostal Mission (TPM) or New Testament Church (NTC) in USA or Universal Pentacostal Church ( UPC) in UK is a Pentecostal denomination which was founded in Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in 1923. The international headquarters is now situated in Irumbuliyur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. It now has churches in over 65 countries operating under various names.[citation needed] There are over 10 Million members in this Church, across the world. It was before known as Ceylon Pentecostal Mission (CPM) .


The church was founded by Pastor Paul Ramankutty, who was born to Hindu parents in the district of Trichur in Kerala, India. While in Sri Lanka, at the age of 18, he became a Christian. Later, he felt a strong call and began to preach and share the gospel in various parts of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Sri Lanka, working with other evangelists. In 1923 he founded the church.[1]

Church leadership

The church is led by a Chief Pastor (currently Abraham Mathew). In addition, there is a Deputy Chief Pastor (currently M.T Thomas) and an Associate Deputy Chief Pastor (currently G. Jeyam).

In the United States most of the church work was pioneered by the late Don M Spiers, who had previously worked closely with Oral Roberts.[2] Gregg Wilson now heads the work in USA and countries around the USA. He is assisted by the sister-in-charge Lisa Billow.

Full-time ministers are expected to practice an ascetic lifestyle including celibacy, obedience to the elder pastors, communal living (including disposal of private possessions) in faith homes.[clarification needed] TPM churches are run by full-time ministers who are celibate and predominantly single. Married couples who enter full-time ministry can[clarification needed] become celibate and may be sent to different locations by the TPM leadership if they so choose.

Doctrines and teachings

The doctrines of the church broadly align with trinitarian Pentecostalism.[3]

Magazine ministry

Magazines are produced in several languages. The English language magazine published from India is called The Voice of Pentecost. Pilgrim's Journal is published and printed in the USA. Other English language magazines are Pentecostal Messenger from Malaysia, The Youth Herald from Singapore, Power Divine from Sri Lanka, and Trumpet of the Lord from the UK.

Church Magazines are being published in more than forty Indian languages and other foreign languages. Malayalam magazine Pentecost is one of the oldest Pentecostal magazines from Kerala. A Hindi edition Pentecost Ki Wani published from New Delhi, Tamil edition named Pentecosthin Peroli from Irumbilyur (Chennai), Pentecost-Chi Vaani from Mumbai, and Pentecost Da Sneha from Dhariwal (Punjab) are also produced.

See also


  1. ^ "DoT | About". Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Oral Roberts". Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Basic Doctrines of Christ". PENTECOST VOICE. 28 October 2008. Archived from the original on 24 October 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2017.