In the late eighties, Bro. Guraiah Lingala belonging to the Indian State of Andhra Pradesh came to the city of Bengaluru to study Theology at the Berean Baptist Bible College. On completion of his studies Bro. Lingala did not return to his hometown but stayed on at Bengaluru to serve as a Professor at Berean Baptist Bible College which he did for over 20 years. During this time Bro. Lingala also served as pastor of the Telugu church on the college campus.
Bro Guraiah Lingala founded The Church Of The Living God in 2002 at Hongasandra village in the district of South Bengaluru, Karnataka in India with just one family and was its first Pastor. Over the years, the church has grown and now serves the Telugu community in Bengaluru from two locations viz. Hongasandra and Madiwala. The congregation now comprises over 50 families. While the growth of the church has been a blessing, its lasting impact and true success can be measured by something far greater: changed lives.
In 2011, Bro. Lingala handed over the reins of the church to one of his ex-students Bro. Mohan Babu who is now the full time Pastor and the church has further expanded its activities by starting a Charitable trust.
The present Pastor of The Church Of The Living God is Bro. Mohan Babu, who hails from Andhra Pradesh. Like Bro. Guraiah Lingala who founded the church, Bro. Mohan Babu came to Bengaluru with the purpose of studying Theology at Berean Baptist Bible College. He completed his studies at this college from the year 2002 to 2007 qualified with a Master of Theology degree.
While studying at Berean Baptist Bible College, Bro. Mohan Babu was chosen to help Bro. Guraiah Lingala who was a Professor at the college with his ministry work in the Telugu church on the campus. This was meant to be practical work as part of the course requirements at the college. Bro Mohan Babu was involved with this ministry work throughout his studies from 2002 to 2007.
After his studies, Bro. Mohan Babu decided not to return to Andhra Pradesh but instead joined the Maranatha Baptist Bible College, Bengaluru where he taught from 2007 to 2013. During this time Bro. Mohan Babu continued to help
Bro. Lingala at The Church of the Living God. In 2011, Bro. Lingala handed over the reins of the church to Bro. Mohan Babu who became its new pastor.
During the period 2013 to 2015, Bro. Mohan Babu left his teaching assignment at Maranatha Baptist Bible College for full time ministry at The Church of the Living God. However, the calling to teach remained with Bro. Mohan Babu’s and so he joined Victory Baptist Bible College at Vijayanagar in 2015 where he serves as a Professor till date.
Besides his pastoral and teaching ministry, Bro. Mohan Babu is also an Associate Editor in the Telugu language for “Echo of His Call Ministries” of Chennai. He also works as English to Telugu translator for various American Mission organisations.
Bro. Mohan Babu lives in Bengaluru along with his family and manages The Church of the Living God along with a Secretary, Deacons, Treasurer and an Assistant Treasurer who are all members of the church congregation.
For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 1 Cor.2:2
We welcome you to join us for worship. Timings of our services are provided under the Section titles “Services”. Let our story be your story too as we follow the path with Jesus together writing the next chapter of our church as one. Our services are at two separate locations situated 4 KM apart.
1st Floor, 10th Main,
Near APR Kalyana Mantapa,
Begur Main Road, Hongasandra,
Bangalore – India.