The Executive Secretary of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church of India (UELCI) and the Treasurer of the National Council of Churches of India (NCCI), Rev Dr Augustine G. Jeyakumar, passed away on 31 October 2019 in Chennai, India.
Rev Dr Jeyakumar, an ordained minister of the Arcot Lutheran Church, has been in the leadership of the UELCI for decades, serving in various capacities. He was also active in the Indian ecumenical movement.
Dr Mathews George Chunakara, General Secretary of CCA expressed condolences on the demise of Rev Dr Augustine Jeyakumar.
Expressing deepest condolences to his family and the members of the UELCI, Dr Mathews George Chunakara said, “Rev Dr Jeyakumar was a committed ecumenist, and an ecclesiastical figurehead in the Lutheran communion of India. He was a beloved leader, and was inspirational to a generation of young Christians. His demise has left a deep vacuum in India’s ecumenical movement.”
The UELCI is a communion of twelve culturally and ethnically diverse Lutheran churches in India. Before becoming the UELCI Executive Secretary, Rev Dr Jeyakumar headed the Department of Social Action (DSA) of the UELCI, with the vision of creating a fair and sustainable society. He also served on the board of different ecumenical organisations and institutions.
He was at the forefront of promoting the rights of Dalits in India. He was respected among church people and also those who served in the social action sector.
The funeral service of Rev Dr Augustine G Jeyakumar was held on 1 November 2019 in Chennai and the burial will take place on 2 November 2019 in Kilkavarapet, near Chennai, India.