K. P. Yohannan Author
Dr. K.P. Yohannan is the founder and president of Gospel for Asia, a Christian organization based in Carrollton, Texas, and the Metropolitan of Believers Church, a network of Pentecostal churches in India. K.P. Yohannan was born in 1951 and raised in a St. Thomas Syrian Christian family in Kerala, India. He experienced a conversion at the age of eight. He was 16 when he joined Operation Mobilization, an evangelical missions agency, and served with them for eight years on the Indian subcontinent. K.P. Yohannan went to the United States for theological studies at Criswell College (at the time Criswell Bible Institute) in Dallas, Texas. He graduated with a B.A. in Biblical Studies, becoming the school’s first international student to graduate. He was also conferred an honorary degree of divinity by Hindustan Bible College in Chennai, India. During his early years in Dallas, Texas, K.P. became an ordained clergy and served as a pastor of a Southern Baptist church for four years. Although being the shepherd of his local church was greatly rewarding, he could not forget the millions of suffering and needy people in India and the neighboring nations.
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1. Criswell College Colleges/University
Criswell College is a Christian college and divinity school in Old East Dallas, Texas. The Criswell College's stated objective is to train students to teach and preach the Bible with emphasis on evangelism, the original languages, and Biblical inerrancy.
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1. Gospel for Asia
Gospel for Asia is a large Christian missionary NGO founded by K. P. Yohannan in 1978, focused on spreading the Gospel to India and Asian countries through the use of national missionaries. The organization, based in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex suburb of Carrollton, Texas, states that its primary aim is to support indigenous missions to "share the Good News of Jesus Christ with lost men, women and children throughout South Asia" GFA is present in numerous countries, including India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Laos and Thailand. Scholar Michael Bergunder considers it "one of the most influential missionary organizations in the second half of the 20th century".