Yabbeju (Jabez) Rapaka
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The story of the Indian Pentecostal Church of
God (IPC) has been overlooked in the historiography of
Pentecostalism not only in the West, but also in India. The
adherents of this movement are predominantly the disenfranchised and
marginalized people called “Dalits.” The author narrates and
interprets the historical development of the IPC in Andhra and also
highlights the contributions of Dalits to the movement in an
organized and comprehensive manner, so that it will be easily
accessible to those who are interested in indigenous Pentecostal
movements in India.
This book is by far the best treatment of
Indian Pentecostalism to date. In treating the roots of indigenous
Indian Pentecostalism, Rapaka delves deeply into the problems of
American colonialism, the effect of the Caste system on Indian
Pentecostalism, and the growth of the largest Pentecostal church in
India. A significant contribution!
-Vinson Synan, Dean Emeritus,
Regent University, School of Divinity
This study is by an Andhra insider who
presents a distinctly indigenous perspective. The book is an
important addition to the literature on Indian Christianity.
Rapaka's findings demonstrate the essential Indianness of
Pentecostal Christianity in South India, particularly in Andhra
Pradesh, a distinctive 20th-21st century Indian contribution to the
World Christian Movement.
-Roger E. Hedlund, Ph.D.
(University of Madras),
Chief Editor, the Oxford Encyclopedia of
South Asian Christianity, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2012.
A groundbreaking study, this book
authenticates the formative role played by Dalits in the formation
and development of the Indian Pentecostal Church. Featuring
interviews with first hand witnesses, Rapaka’s narrative brings to
light Dalit grievances against the upper echelon Keralite leadership
of the IPC, correcting the cultural biases of previous accounts and
giving overdue credit to the Dalit pioneers of their own indigenous
Pentecostal movement in Andhra Pradesh.
-Eric N. Newberg, Ph.D, Oral
About the Author:
Yabbeju (Jabez) Rapaka is a native of
India. He and his wife, Gloria, founded Love and Hope Ministries, a
non-profit organization established to help needy widows, children
and pastors in India and Haiti. He holds ministerial credentials
with Deep Truth Full Gospel Association, Providence, Rhode Island,
and also serves as acting general secretary. He holds B.Com. and
B.D. degrees from India and a B.A. degree from Zion Bible College,
Barrington, Rhode Island. Dr. Rapaka received his M.B.A., M.Div.,
and Ph.D. in Church History from Regent University in Virginia
Beach, Virginia, where he serves as an adjunct professor in both the
School of Divinity and the College of Arts and Sciences.