Rev. Mathew Baby (Manoj Achen)

Rev. Mathew Baby was the Vicar from May 2014 till April 2017, and hails from Mavelikara in Kerala, India.  Achen was ordained as a Priest on June 25th 2001.  He obtained his Bachelor of Divinity (BD) degree from Lutheran Theological College in Chennai, after which he also obtained his Master of Theology (MTh) in History of Christianity from FFRC in Kottayam, Kerala.  He served as Vicar of the Mar Thoma parishes in Jamshedpur, Durgapur and Asansol, after which he was Vicar of the Jerusalem Mar Thoma Church in Hebbal, Bangalore.  He also served as the Secretary to Rt. Rev. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Theodosius Episcopa for three years and then served as the Diocesan Secretary of the Chennai - Bangalore Diocese.  He was also Secretary to Rt. Rev. Dr. Isaac Mar Philoxenos Episcopa.  Before being posted as Vicar of our parish, he was the Vicar of St. Paul & St. Andrews Mar Thoma Churches in Mavelikara, Kerala.

Achen’s wife Merlin Kochamma hails from Chathannoor, Kollam in Kerala.  She is a graduate in Microbiology, and she holds a post-graduate degree in Social Work.  She served as a Faculty Member at the Madras School of Social Work in Chennai.  They have two children, Daniel and Hannah.

The parish grew significantly and flourished under the very able leadership, deep and steadfast spiritual guidance, and extensive pastoral care he was able to render to all parishioners.  Achen was transferred back to India after a three-year tenure, and has assumed the duties of his new assignment as Superintendent of the Kottarakara Jubilee Mandiram in Kottarakara, Kerala from 1st May 2017.


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