Pastor Renjen Philip Cherian
Pastor Renjen Philip Cherian began serving as the Lead Pastor of Ebenezer Church of God in December, 2015. He is excited to serve the Lord and has a consuming desire to preach and teach the Bible. His desire is to build the church on the fundamental Biblical principles and equip them to be disciple-makers. He is passionate about seeing men and women grow in grace and in their knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ through understanding and applying His Word.
Pastor Renjen grew up in Thiruvalla in Kerala, South India, as the only child of his parents, who had dedicated him for full time ministry. Both of his grandfathers came from the Jacobite (Orthodox) faith and were called into Pentecostal ministry. Pastor Renjen attended Mundiapally IPC church, where he accepted Christ as his savior at the age of 11. Soon thereafter he took water baptism and experienced the baptism of the Holy Spirit. He emerged as a youth leader at his church, and was heavily influenced by ICPF camps and mission challenges during his college years.
Pastor Renjen studied Economics at SB College Changanacherry (BA in Economics: 1997-2000, MA in Economics: 2000-2002), but could not ignore the definite call upon his life for full-time ministry. He joined Faith Theological Seminary in Manakala, Kerala, where he received a Bachelors in Divinity in 2006. He pursued further studies at Union Biblical Seminary, Pune, Maharashtra, where he specialized in New Testament, receiving a Masters in Theology in 2009. During his studies, Pastor Renjen also served in various ministries, including as associate pastor of Community of Redeemed in Pune (2007-2009). He served as the pastor of Sharon Fellowship Church, Houston, six years, prior to taking the pastoral responsibility at Ebenezer. He and his wife, Jolly, have been married since 2008, and they have two children, Ivanna and Isaiah. As a family they believe that God who called them is faithful to fulfill the mission envisaged on them.