What we wouldn’t give to hear him greet the congregation by saying “Praise God and good morning everybody, this morning” or conclude a service by singing “Hallelujah thy the glory, Hallelujah Amen, Hallelujah thy the glory, revive us again”. We have been truly blessed by Pastor K.V. Kurian’s ministry, his friendship and his love for the church of Christ.
Many ask why the youth population of his congregations (past and present) loved him so deerly. Young people loved him so much because he was one of us – he got us. Not only was he aware of the epidemics among our generation, the common issues we encountered and the specific challenges we faced but he addressed them. Whether the address was delivered subtly in a message or bluntly in a one-on-one conversation, he consistently combated what he believed to be Satan’s plan to pollute an entire generation. Pastor Appachen was able to do this gracefully because he was anointed with the gift of emotional identification.
In the early 90s, Pastor Appachen introduced Romans 12:2 as words to live by to the young people of India Pentecostal Assembly (Romans 12:2 - “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.”) In fact, he had every member, young and old, memorize this verse and would periodically ask it to be recited over the next several years. He often used this verse as reference for the many messages he delivered to young people. He planted this verse in our minds, which eventually found its way to our hearts so that it would be utilized during trying situations.
Those who knew him well will recall, with smiles on their faces, the conversations they had with him on various topics – everything from different theological theories to what entrees to avoid at the Old Country Buffet. He’s been a staple in the various cycles of our Christian lives.
He placed his hands over our heads as he prayed for us when we gave our hearts to the Lord.
He stood with us in a pool of water as we testified the Lord in water baptism.
He came to all our birthday and graduation parties and told us to reach for the stars because all things are possible with God
He gifted us with our first Bibles that we’ll never part with
He counseled us and our future spouses before the wedding day
He commenced our wedding vows
He dedicated our children to the Lord
He was there to comfort and uphold us during difficult times
Those who may not have known him as well may probably remember the captivating way he spoke from God’s word, the way he tended to make a five-minute message seem like a lifetime full of instruction and wisdom. Not until one has heard Pastor Appachen speak God’s message, can he understand that he was an anointed servant of God. Furthermore, he was a superior Bible scholar. As children, we were always impressed by Pastor Appachen’s library of theological collections. As adults, we were astounded that he not only read and understood these writings but also applied it, conveyed it to others and used it as basis for instruction. He pursued and cherished knowledge.
He didn’t have just six children. He was a father to hundreds of children who loved and revered him. He was our father, our instructor, our disciplinarian, our counselor, our advocate, our minister, our one and only Pastor Appachen.
We now realize that he lived by the words of his favorite hymn, which often brought him to tears:
“When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul"
Late ~ Rev. K.V. Kurian