RT. REV. B. GNANA PRASADA RAO

Medak Cathedral

Fourth Bishop

RT. REV. B. GNANA PRASADA RAO (1976-1982)

Rt. Rev. Eber Priestley took over the reins of the Church in 1961 as its Bishop. He was a gifted preacher, responsible pastor but his gifts were more evangelistic than administrative. He very prayerfully faced the responsibility of steering a church which was now growing in the union brought in by the Church of South India. He tried his best to follow the new pattern scheme initiated by his predecessor Rt. Rev. Frank Whittaker, M.A. His term came to an end in 1967. He identified committed lay persons and trained them to be Local Preachers. He conducted regular classes to them. The next segment on which he THE RT. REV. H.D.L. ABRAHAM, B.A., B.D., succeeded Rt. Rev. E. Priestley in a critical Period. He was a strong and able administrator. He led the Diocese in a critical period of revolt and rebellion. He followed the constitution of CSI very strictly and governed the Church adhering to the rules of the Diocese. Being brought up in a congregational church, he gave lot of liberty to the leadership of laity. There was a sport of evangelism and extension work inspite of a threat of Methodist Missionary support diminishing 10% every year from 1969. He was consecrated as Bishop in the Church of South India in 1967 anTHE RT. REV. B.G. PRASADA RAO B.D., is the son of the soil. When Bishop Abraham retired in 1976, Bishop Prasada Rao was elected to take the responsibility of steering the Church which was facing a crisis of finance, passivity of village evangelists, the impracticability of Presbyters taking the oversight of eight to twelve village congregations which had no resident evangelists. He saw that in many village congregations there was no Bible Teaching, Preaching or Sacramental ministry. Therefore he attempted retreats and "Jatharas" in village headquarters. Under the auspices of the Andhra Christian Theological College a center was created at Wadiaram for Rural Theological Training, hoping this will draw in a few to surrender themselves to serve in the villages. He tired a pool financed by the semi-urban and city churches to help the village presbyters. He ultimately saw what the Diocese needed was a new spirituality among the Church Workers, Presbyters and Heads of Institutions, including individual congregations to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the saviour of the world. He did not retire in the literal sense of the word. He continued to spread Christ's message through Dr. Hagg's All India Institute of Evangelism and Good News festivals in India till God called him to glory on the 24th of June 1998. Truly his last words "I am going to my Lord " reveal his total preparedness and deep faith in God was installed as assistant Bishop in Mysore Diocese. Through paternal uncle Rev. John.Y. Abraham who was a very well respected Indian Minister then serving in the east while Hyderabad District of Wesleyan Methodist Mission, Bishop Luther Abraham was related to a number of people in the Medak Diocese. He was installed as Bishop in Medak in 1968. His vast experience as Pastor, Teacher and Administrator stood him in good stand. used to prepare Christmas and Easter plays. To develop good relation with people of other religious, a club called "Brotherhood Club" was started.

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