Rev. Shaji Thomas grew up and studied in the town of Chungathara, Mallaparam district, Kerala and also completed his college education in Chungathara itself. He received his Bachelor of Divinity from Mar Thoma Theological Seminary, Kottayam, and was ordained as Deacon in St. Thomas MTC, Tiruvalla, by Dr. Alexander Mar Thomas Valia Metropolitan in 1993. His ordination as priest was on June 3rd 1993 at Salem MTC, Chungathara, Kunnam kulma-Malabar Diocese by Rt. Rev. Geevarghese Mar Theodosius. Achen trained himself to be a theological educator: his passion in life is the challenge of mentoring young lives and encouraging God's people. He travels widely as an "ecumenical evangelist" sharing and witnessing for Christ.
He has worked in the parishes of Adman Nicobar Island, Jerusalem Mar Thoma Church, Kottayam as Assistant Vicar, and finally, in Moachanna De-addiction Center in Ericadu Kottayam as the Associate Director, before his arrival in Philadelphia. While at the De-addiction Center, he was also the Vicar of Moriah Mar Thoma Church, Manganam, Kottayam. Rev. Thomas, assigned to share his pastoral care and duties at the St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church of Delaware Valley, Haverford, PA, is a devoted Achen, and works hard to make sure that the church is run smoothly in all aspects. He is kind and attentive to the needs of our youth as well as fair with our elder parish members. His wife, Shobha Mary Thomas, is a godly woman with a warm smile. She is also a very talented singer. Her presence in STMTC choir will be an inspiration to the group. Achen also has two talented children - Ashish, who is in the 6th grade, and Joel Thomas, who is in kindergarten. Like any achen's family that relocates every 3 years, these two young lads have taken on the tremendous pressure of adapting to the new environment.
Rev. Shaji Thomas's goal was to take the parish to the next level by building a new church and parsonage, enhancing the congregation's faith, unity and commitment to the church, and helping to develop the spiritualism of our Sunday School youth.
Farewell to Rev. Shaji Thomas and Family
Our First vicar Rev. Shaji Thomas and Kochamma shobha with their children Ashish and Joel are returned to India on April 28th of 2009, after their ministry here in U.S.. Achen will be continuing his ministry in kunnamkulam, Kerala. For the past 3 years Achen gave leadership to all our church activities and played an integral role in the Church building activities. We as a church acknowledge and appreciate all the guidance and leadership Achen gave us over these years.
During Shaji achen's tenure we have grown in strength and witnessed increase in church activities. We are thankful to you and your family for all your contributions including your love, dedication, and fellowship. You will always be in our hearts.
Rev. Shaji Thomas (05/01/2006 - 04/30/2009)