Our Speakers


Bendangmenla did her B.sc Nursing from RIPANS (Regional Institute of Paramedical and Nursing Sciences), Mizoram, in 2004. In 2005 she joined Makunda Christian Hospital in Assam and understanding the rising need for nurses in far-flung remote areas in the North-east, an ANM School (Auxiliary Nurse & Midwife) was started at Makunda of which she was the Principal.

She completed her MSC Nursing in Paediatrics from CMC Vellore and rejoined the hospital at Makunda in 2012 as the Nursing Superintendent.

Married to Dr. Samuel Wati who is an Associate Professor at the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Nagaland, she moved to Dimapur, Nagaland and joined CIHSR (Christian Institute of Health Sciences and Research) in Dimapur in 2012 and has held varied responsibilities of Nursing Superintendent and currently as the vice principal for the BSc Nursing Programme.

Blessed with three children aged 10, 7, and 4 yrs old, she has experienced God’s leadings in her life and can today say “He is able”.


Charles Premkumar is a Cardio-pulmonary Physical Therapist by training and served in CMC, Vellore as Clinician, Lecturer and Researcher until 2010. Answering a desire to rehabilitate the soul and not just the body he joined RZIM and served there until 2020 as part of the Global Itinerant Speaking and Writing team. 

In 2021, he was invited to join Reasons to Believe, a Scientific Apologetics organization (USA) founded by the Astrophysicist Hugh and Kathy Ross to help with the setting up of RTB's Asia Pacific Wing, as Consultant - Apologetics & Research where he helped set up the APac team.

He was led to start his own Apologetics initiative called "Think CHRIST Apologetics (TCA)" along with likeminded friends in Jan 2023 and their free weekly online programs - Questioners Bible Study (for followers, seekers and sceptics) and Winsome Wednesdays (a customized 40 week curriculum in apologetics) have been a blessing to many!

Besides, Charles with his Masters in Psychology also counsels people with Emotional Health issues. He also runs part-time Manual Therapy Practice in Vellore called CSK (Charlie's Spine Klinic) as part of a tent-making effort. 

Charles' interests include ~ Church health, Biblical literacy, Contemporary/Cultural issues, Christiology, Worldviews  Comparitive religion and Christian Philosophy/Theology. He enjoys expository preaching and one-on-one Q&A sessions with seekers and skeptics who are curious about/who challenge the Christian Faith.

Charles makes his home in Vellore with his wife Priscilla, a Montessori Consultant/Coach and their 9 year old daughter Mishaelle, Parents from both sides and their exuberant Lab, Toffee! 

Dr.Dennis Martin David

Dr Dennis Martin David was born and raised in Ajmer, Rajasthan. He perused his MBBS, D Ortho, MS Ortho from CMC Vellore and has an MBA Hospital and Health System Management from BITS Pilani.
He and his wife Sharel met when they were in Vellore. He worked at Lady Willington Hospital in Manali and is currently Director of Evangelical Mission Hospital, Tilda with additional charge of Christian Hospital, Mungeli both of which are in Chhattisgarh. This region accounts for some of the worst health statistics in the country and through the hospital they have been developing various health services to meet the needs of the surrounding region. Dr.Dennis is an active Bible learner and youth mentor. He enjoys spending time with family and friends. Loves baking and cooking whenever time permits

Dr.Ajay & Dr.Savita Raju

Dr. Ajay and Dr. Savita Raju are serving at the CSI Basel Mission hospital at Gadag, Karnataka. Dr. Ajay completed his MBBS and MS Surgery training from Vellore and served in Gadag for both his MBBS service obligation as well as PG and continued to stay on as their Surgeon for the past 15 years and additionally as the Medical Superintendent for the past four years. His wife Savita did her MBBS from KS Hegde Medical College, Mangalore. She worked in the Department of Respiratory Medicine at CMC Vellore for a year and then went on to work as medical officer at CSI Basel Mission hospital in Gadag for 2 years. She completed her DNB (General medicine) from Bangalore Baptist hospital and has supported Ajay by looking after the home and as the Physician & intensivist in Gadag for the past 12 years.
Our faculty are no strangers to the difficulties of a busy post-graduate life. They will share their experiences of the joys and challenges of being faithful in the Missions (with the responsibilities of a home to run and administrative responsibilities to shoulder). We are certain their lives and testimonies will encourage those that attend to commit their lives into the hands of the Jesus to lead them to his call for their lives

Dr.Lionel Gnanaraj

Dr Lionel Gnanaraj was a faculty in CMC for many decades with administrative, teaching and clinical responsibilities continues to have a open home for mentoring students and his home was the base for Evangelical Union in CMC close to two decades like our founders, confronted by the want of basic health care in rural India, he reaches out to some remote hospitals in Bihar, Jharkhand,Orissa and N.E. India
CMC enabled him to meet with various needy groups of people and get involved with like minded children of God in reaching out to needy areas in a small way to share God's love

Shanthi Davidar

Shanthi Davidar did her MBBS at the Madras medical College and her post graduation in Psychiatry at the Madurai medical College. She also did her masters in Epidemiology from CMC Vellore.
She has been practicing as consultant Psychiatrist at the CSI Kalyani and CSI Rainy hospitals in Chennai from the year 2000 till date.
She is the Founder Pirector of 'Rapha Unlimited', an organisation that works with marginalised groups, offering community interventions and shelter homes: provides school counselling services : and psychiatric treatment and counselling in mental health.
As Executive Director of 'The Counsellor's Consortium', she has been training counsellors in marital counseling, school counseling and mental health counseling with accredited courses. A dedicated team works along with her.
Along with her husband, in accordance with God's call on their lives, she has been teaching on Holiness and Holy Spirit in marriage and leading marriages and families in the way of sanctification and deliverance and healing.

John Kurian

Mr. John Kurian is an itinerant Bible preacher & teacher. Born and brought up in a godly home, his father being a sound Bible Teacher and preacher, he came to know the Lord early, during school days. In addition to the training at home and in the local church,
his involvement with operation mobilization and Evangelical Union (UESI) helped
his spiritual growth. Following his studies in English
Language and Literature – he soon entered into secular jobs working in India
and the Middle East for about 10 years in various capacities. All the while,
involved in preaching and teaching the Word. It was while working
with Prison Fellowship International as Executive Secretary (Asia Pacific
Region) that he was led of the Lord to resign to enter into a full time
teaching and preaching ministry in 1985.

Since then he has been travelling extensively within India and around the
globe to fulfill his call as an itinerant preacher and teacher. God has opened doors for him to preach the gospel in crusades, teach the word in
Christian conferences and seminars in many countries. The Lord has given him a
special burden for the youth and families and he commits a considerable amount
of time apart to minister in youth and family Conferences.

God has also been using him as part of the teaching ministry of Bible
Colleges in India and the Christian Training Institutes in South Korea and
Mongolia, to many around the globe
through FEBA radio.
He has published two of his books, one on 'Christian Family'(co-authored with two
other Christian writers) and the second one ‘Triumphant life’ on
victorious Christian living. The second book has come out in Malayalam,
Telugu, Oriya, Korean, Nepali and Swahili (East Africa) languages. In addition
to this, about 90 of his messages have come out as books in the Korean

He makes his home in Kottayam, Kerala, South India with his wife Betty. God has
blessed them with 4 daughters and 8 grandchildren


Kalavathy works as a Senior Consultant in Critical Care Unit at SIMS Hospital, Chennai. During her third year of MBBS she realised her need for the love of the living God and a relationship with Him in a personal way. God has led her step by step to a clearer understanding of Him and His peace and a realisation of identity in Him. Her journey has been an experience of God’s grace and patient guidance. Married to Mr. Moses David, they have two children Joe and Mary. Joe is working after his Masters in political Science and Mary is in her second year Visual Arts.

Moses David

Moses David is a Mechanical engineer by qualification and a Management Systems Consultant and a Valuer by profession. Based in Chennai, he is involved in ministering among families both happening ones and hurting ones. They conduct seminars for families, singles considering marriage and youth
He and his wife Kala and have two children, a son and a daughter.

Sharmini Samuel

Sharmini Samuel is an alumni of Women’s Christian College 1990 batch. She passed out from the department of Nutrition & Dietetics. She also holds a Masters in Hospital Administration from Loyola Institute of Business Administration.
Post her Administrative tenure in one of the hospitals ,she initiated her own business & worked in the capacity of CEO of Vishvin Associates – a BPO for MNC banks namely Citibank .
She currently heads the Donor Development & Relationships Department at Life Focus Society, Chennai.
She is regularly invited to churches, other para organisations , schools & colleges to share the word of God both to encourage & build the body of Christ for practical living on this side of eternity.
She is gifted in sharing from the Word, counselling youth & young married couples.
Sharmini is married to Daniel Osborne & is mother of 2 married sons – Vishal and Vineeth and a doting grandmother too .

Manotosh Elkanah

A Medical Missionary with passion to reach unreached in rural parts of India.
After doing his post graduation as general surgeon in 2002 from Gandhi medical College Bhopal M.P. was in search of opportunity to fulfill his vision of serving God's purpose through his profession, got appointment in 2004 September at The Leprosy Mission ChandkhuriHospital,Baitalpur,a unit of TLMTI at this rural part of Chattisgarh . Very soon he was given the responsibility of Superintendentship in 2005 since then its 19 Year of serving God's purpose,he also a rewarded reconstructive surgeon and resource person for stat Govt C.G.He has been stat consultant for Central Leprosy Division till 2019.He has been honoured with prestigious awards,Sparsh 2015 by central minister for health MrJ.P.Nadda and in 2019 Healers of India by Apollo hospitals and News 18 ,for his dedicated and transforming services in rural India

Joseph John

Working as Professor & Head of Clinical Haematology, Haemato-Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, Punjab.
He did his MBBS and MD from CMC, Ludhiana and DM from CMC Vellore and later did MBA in hospital administration from BITS Pilani. After his DM he has set up the haematology and stem cell transplant unit in Punjab, CMC, Ludhiana. Later he did his MBA in Health and Hospital Management from Bits Pilani. Currently, the center has an active sibling and matched unrelated donor transplant program for thalassaemia and other haematological disorders.
His other area of interest is Haemophilia care and heads the comprehensive care centre which actively takes part in teaching and training for other haemophiliacentres in Punjab. CMC Ludhiana has a DM Clinical Haematology training program since 2019

Justin Paul

Justin Paul is the Director and Head of Institute of Cardiology, Madras Medical College. He studied MBBS at Tirunelveli Medical college followed by DM cardiology in 1998 at Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences at Trivandrum. He accepted Christ in his late thirties.
Justin Paul is an avid learner. He started the primary angioplasty program in the public hospitals of Tamil Nadu. Designed and developed the STEMI care program of Tamil Nadu Government covering 20 hubs and 200 spokes at a cost of 100 crores through the offices of state health society and state planning commission. As State Nodal officer of heart attack management program continues to oversee the implementation of the program.

Actively involved in developing the new subspecialty of cardio-obstetrics in India and created the center of excellence for Cardio vascular imaging at Madras Medical College,
Has published various research articles in international and national journals. He is the recipient of Best Doctor award for health care excellence by Govt of Tamil Nadu in 2018 and the Independence Day award for the best doctor for research excellence from Madras Medical College in 2022

Tul Bahadur Pun

MBBS: Batch of 2000 CMC Vellore
MS ortho: CMC Vellore
Currently: Orthopaedic surgeon and Medical Superintendent, United Mission Hospital, Tansen , Nepal .

Married to Dr Christina Thapa, Dermatologist working in same mission hospital
One daughter: Asha

Currently also involved in the ministry of NCMDA (Nepal Christian Medical and Dental Association) and ICMDA (South Asia region).

Paul Dass

God brought an urge within Paul Dass to help uplift the less
privileged sections of society. For the last thirty years, he has
attempted to use his God-given talents to do just that.
You can call him an entrepreneur, a craftsman, an artist, an
agriculturist, a social worker, a businessman, or pastor; but
Paul is more than any of these titles. Trained as a
Physiotherapist he never dreamt of how God would turn his
life around and give it a completely different purpose! Paul
has one message to pass on: “Empower people so that they
will empower others. The building of the Kingdom of God is a
community affair. Each one of us needs to do our own
valuable part”.
At present, Paul has completed authoring a book on ‘Tentmaking’
- a one-of-its-kind for the community. It will be
published soon. He hopes to translate it into at least 5 Indian
languages and make it accessible to the grass root level and
field workers as a practical guide for their work

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