148th Anniversary of St. Luke’s Church, Jalandhar Cantonment, North India celebrated on
16th January, 2005
By Rev Isaac Newton Johnson    B.D
Founder President – Voice of Christians Evangelical Church
Ludhiana, India -- March 14, 2005 -- This
had been the tradition of British
Empire that whenever they invaded other countries and conquered
them around the world in the nineteenth and twentieth century, they
built large Churches for the spiritual encouragement of their
military forces and gave
all honour and glory to their
living God of Israel. “They that honour Me, I will honour them”(
1 Samuel 2:30). This was the basic secret of expansion of
British regime around the world
in the span of 200 years of their militarism and colonialism while they exported coal, cricket and Christianity
to the world. They ruled the world with
the iron fist and there is a common saying that the sun never set in
the British Empire.
During the expansion of British Empire
in India in the previous two centuries, whenever they established any cantonment in India, they built up large military
Churches and cemeteries which were entirely meant for Army officers and
soldiers. St. Luke’s Church at Jalandhar Cantonment in Panjab State of North India is also one of them built up by British Government during 1856. This Church was consecrated by the Rt. Rev.
Thomas, Bishop of Madras on 16th January 1857 by the authority of the
Right Reverend Daniel, Lord Bishop of Calcutta and Metropolitan of India on the application of Reverend Richard
Painting, M.A. Chaplain Minister
officiating at Jalandhar Cantonment as per this Church record.
We have celebrated 148th
anniversary of St. Luke’s Church, Jalandhar Cantonment on Sunday 16th January, 2005 with much enthusiasm and praise. Our
Hindu and Sikh brethrens also visited the Church and pay their obeisance
at the altar. I have been
privileged to deliver the key message from the Holy Bible
titled “Christian Heritage” on this occasion.
(Pictured: Rev Isaac Newton Johnson preaching from the upper Pulpit)
As St. Luke’s Church was exclusively built for British Army officers and soldiers in
India, the local
Indian congregation was not allowed to worship in the
Church. The British Infantry graveyard
was also earmarked near the
Church, where hundreds of graves of British soldiers are found who died in the
military action in India during British Regime in the last two centuries. This is the largest and oldest Church in
Panjab state of North India, which houses many of the historical monuments, war
plaques and commemorative and so many memorial stones engraved in the walls of
the Church who had laid their lives for the cause of British Empire during
British Rule in India. This Church is an impressive example of neo-gothic
architecture and the largest
ecclesiastical building surrounded by huge lawns. Click at www.voiceofchristiansministries.org/archive17.html to view the Church inside.
St. Luke’s Church was
an Army Church and it’s Priest-in-charge and Chaplain had also been an Army Officer in the rank of Captain. All the expenses for its maintenance were
made by the State “32-Ecclesiastical” and it was managed by the Ecclesiastical
Department of the government during the British Rule in India up to August,
The charge of St. Luke’s Church was given to the local Indian
congregation at Jalandhar Cantonment in
1947 during the partition of
India, when British government quit India and this Church came
under the jurisdiction of the Anglican Diocese of Amritsar, Anglican
Church of India (CIPBC) in North India.
been the first non-Anglican
evangelical preacher who was
brought in by Late Right Rev Babu Masih, Bishop of Anglican Diocese of Amritsar,
Anglican Church of India in Septebmer,
2002 at Jalandhar Cantonment for the spiritual ignition of the diocese. He was handicapped due to an accident, which
he met in 1998 and could not walk since then.
He was in search of a young born again evangelical Panjabi preacher who
could lead the diocese in the years to come.
He met me in a prayer meeting in
April, 2002 at Jalandhar, where I was one of the speakers.
(Pictured: From left Rev Isaac Newton Johnson , Late Bishop
Babu Masih (center) and Freedi Joseph, Chief Editor, Masihi Sansar in April,
Incidentally, by His grace I completed
my two years of Bachelor of Divinity in April, 2002 and Late Bishop Babu Masih proposed me to ordain
as Priest in his diocese, which I
accepted prayerfully. He gave me the Book of Common Prayer to study
and to implement it in the worship service.
It is a sacred beautiful book of
English Christian literature ever written, containing holy sacraments and
rites to implement with time bound occasional messages to be delivered in the mainline Churches. He taught me Anglican rites (though I was
strongly backed by the Pentecostal experience) and ordained me as Deacon on September 29, 2002 in St. Luke’s Church,
Jalandhar Cantonment and appointed me
Spokesman of the diocese. Subsequently
he ordained me as full Anglican
Priest on March 1, 2003 and appointed me
as Priest-in-Charge of the whole Anglican Diocese of Amritsar. My ordination ceremony as Deacon can be viewed at
Bishop Babu Masih expired on November 30, 2003 after his brief illness, I was
given the charge of St. Luke’s Church to conduct worship services and Rev (Deacon)
Sunil Kumar (aged 34) son of Late
Bishop Babu Masih was appointed my assistant (resident priest) by the diocese
and to look after the Church property.
He has so nicely worked under my supervision and maintained the Church
property in such a orderly manner that today I can claim that this is the only 148 years of old
magnificent former British Military Church left behind in North India depicting the might and
majesty of the British
(Pictured: Rev Isaac Newton Johnson speaking from the lower pulpit made of pure brass and in
the back ground (Rev) Deacon Sunil Kumar
sitting on the altar).
(Deacon) Sunil Kumar was ordained as full Anglican priest on December 19, 2004
by our Most Rt. Rev Samuel P Prakash,
Metropolitan, Anglican Church of India and was given the charge of this
Church to him keeping in view the long
standing services of his late father and
my teacher (Guru) Late Bishop Babu Masih to the Anglican Church of
People of different
faiths also come in this historical Church to pay their obeisance and seek blessings. Last year during the parliamentary election in India, Mr. Gurjit Singh Rana a Congress Party candidate from Jalandhar constituency attended Easter worship service April,
2004 and paid his obeisance at the altar, sought blessings.
(Pictured : Mr. Gurjit Singh Rana is being blessed by Rev
Isaac Newton Johnson in St. Luke’s
Church and thereafter being addressed
the congregation. Mr. Rana won the Parliamentary election from Jalandhar constituency in 2004.).
Mr. Naresh Kumar Gujral son of
former Prime Minister of India Mr. Inder Kumar Gujral of Bhartiya Janta Party (A Hindu National
Party) from Jalandhar constituency
also visited the Church to pay his obeisance and sought blessings during the Easter festival.
(Pictured: Mr. Naresh Kumar Gujral is being blessed by Rev
Isaac Newton Johnson in St. Luke’s
Church, Jalandhar Cantonment in April, 2004)
I praise the
Lord that He has given me an open
opportunity to preach the Word of God
continuously for thirteen months from November, 2003 to December, 2004 in St.
Luke’s Church after the sudden death of
my Bishop Babu Masih. I, inherited from
him twenty Church members as he was handicapped
and there was no out reach work in the Church members. But all honour, glory and praise goes to the
Lord Jesus Christ who has used me
immensely during this period by doing
miracles. He healed the sick, blessed
the barren women with sons,
destroyed the demonic forces and
softened the hearts of the people to
repent and accept Lord Jesus Christ as
their personal Saviour. Now the Church
has more than one hundred Church members
and I praise the Lord for this new harvest He has given me.
(Pictured: Rev Isaac Newton Johnson giving baptisms and Rev
(Deacon) Sunil Kumar assisting him).
“For if I
preach the Gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me;
yes, woo is me, if I do not preach the Gospel!!”1 Corinthians
Rev Isaac Newton Johnson is an Indian Evangelist since 1976 working with non-Christian brothers in North India. He is international media missionary and Christian speaker. He has been invited by SungKwang Presbyterian Church, Guri, Seoul, South Korea in June-July, 2004 as Guest Speaker from India. He preached in Indian, Pakistani, Nepali and Korean brothers there. Five brothers and one sister of Indian origin accepted Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and baptized during his ministry in South Korea. He has founded “Voice of Christians Evangelical Church” at Ludhiana, India in 1999 (A House Church) working among poorest of poor people, imparting education to them and sharing the good news of Lord Jesus Christ. (Pictured: Rev Isaac Newton Johnson being honored in SungKwang Presbyterian Church, Guri, Seoul, South Korea in June 2004). He needs committed prayer partners and Church ministry supporters around the world to proclaim the Gospel in India and to the end of the earth.
Rev Isaac preaches in English, Hindi, Panjabi and Urdu languages simultaneously without interpreter.
He can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org