Shirish Suresh Suryawanshi - India

My journey with The Association for Theological Education by Extension for the last decade in India is as their residential Christian Educator and using my skill as a pastor and teacher to engage in opportunities to proclaim Christ in various private and public sectors of India.

I am also involved in pioneering work in new regions and areas of north India where many churches, mission organisations, schools, and universities provide an opportunity for gospel ministry and relationship that can make Christ known effectively.

We work interdenominationally with all the evangelical churches in India, independent and emerging churches, and mission organisations for Christian leadership and discipleship.


To be a Christian educator


Promoting – and assisting the local churches in – Christian leadership and discipleship

More about Shirish Suresh Suryawanshi

As a young boy, I grew up in an Assemblies of God Church and at age 14 was saved and God called me into ministry. I was nurtured by my pastor in the ways of the Lord. I graduated from school and college with a BSc and MSc in chemistry and subsequently worked as a chemist in a multinational company while serving as a lay pastor in the church. This was followed by my completing a Masters in Business Administration.

God called me into full time ministry in the year 2000. Studying a Masters in Divinity at Southern Asia Bible College Bangalore in the year 2002, the Lord put a special burden in my heart regarding missions in North India. During a three-year tenure, exposure trips during the summer ministry in North India confirmed the need, desire, and passion for doing mission.

Studying an MTh (Pastoral Practice & Applied Theology) through theological education by extension opened the doors for me to be an interdenominational and intercultural missionary and enhanced the call as a missional leader. In the last 10 years, I have been blessed to be able to interact and partner with many church and mission organisations and missionaries.

Rev Shirish is a local partner working with Asia-CMS and jointly supported by Church Mission Society.

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