“The Ecumenical Christian Centre at Whitefield

is organised and run by staff with excellent

qualifications and varied professional and

practical experience.”

Prof. Fr. Dr. Mathew Chandrankunnel, CMI


Prof. Fr. Dr. Mathew Chandrankunnel is the present Director of the Ecumenical Christian Centre, Whitefield, Bangalore. Formerly, he was a Professor of Philosophy of Science at Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram and Christ University, Bangalore. Prof. Chandrankunnel received a doctorate from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Leuven, Belgium. For his thesis, he researched at Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen, Max Planck Institute, Munich and interacted with Nobel Prize winners like Aage Bohr, Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker and Prof. Ilya Prigogene. Prof. Chandrankunnel did his post doctoral research at Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics, Harvard University, Cambridge, Boston, under the well known astronomer Prof. Owen Gingerich. Some of his published works are- Philosophy of Physics, Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics, The Condemnation and Rehabilitation of Galileo Galilei, In Service of the Truth, the Physics, Philosophy and Religion of Galileo. He was a visiting Professor at the University of Leuven, Faculty of Philosophy in the year 2010, April-May, and lectured on “the Physics, Philosophy and Religion of Galileo. He received the CTNS Templeton award. He used to organize several Local, National and International conferences on Science and Religion. He is the Founder Chairman of the Bangalore Forum for Science and Religion and Bangalore Chapter of Sigma-Xi Foundation. Prof. Chandrankunnel is also a trained journalist; he worked as the science editor of Deepika Daily News paper, its Chennai and Bangalore correspondent, and published more than 500 articles in refereed journals, news papers and magazines.

He belongs to the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate Congregation (CMI), Province of Kottayam. He is the first Catholic priest to serve as the director of Ecumenical Christian Centre.

Mr. Thangminlun Vaiphei

Deputy Director

Mr. Thangminlun Vaiphei completed his Bachelor of Theology degree from Trulock Theological Seminary, Imphal.  In addition, he has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indira Gandhi National Open University, Imphal Study Centre. After that he was awarded a Bachelor of Divinity degree from the Academy of Integrated Christian Studies, Aizawl. On completing his studies, he joined Ecumenical Christian Centre as an intern. After the completion of his one year internship at the Ecumenical Christian Centre, he joined Federated Faculty for Research in Religion and Culture for his Master’s studies. After completing his Master of Theology degree in New Testament, he joined Ecumenical Christian Centre as Programme Executive. He worked at ECC as Programme Executive for one and half years, then he is appointed as the Deputy Director.

Rev. Dr. John Samuel

Dean, Indian School of Ecumenical Theology (ISET)

Rev. Dr. John Samuel completed his M.A. and B.D. in the Tamilnadu Theological Seminary, Arasaradi, Madurai. He served as a pastor in the Diocese of North Kerala in the Church of South India. He completed his M.Th. in Old Testament in the United Theological College, Bangalore. Then he joined the faculty of the Tamilnadu Theological Seminary, Madurai. He completed his Ph.D. in Madurai Kamaraj University in the Department of Philosophy. Subsequently he completed his Ph.D in the Department of Religious Studies of Lancaster University in the United Kingdom. He taught Hebrew Bible for three years in Northern College in Manchester, U.K. He has taught in the Pacific Theological College, Fiji. He has been a visiting scholar at AMI Institute, Jerusalem, Queens College, Birmingham, Heidelberg University, Germany and Union Theological Seminary, New York. He has served as President of the Society for Biblical Studies in India (SBSI). He has been invited to present papers at NCCI, CCA, WCC and CWM meetings. Now he has joined as Dean, Indian School of Ecumenical theology at the Ecumenical Christian Centre, Whitefield. He is also serving as a visiting professor in the United Theological College.

Mr. Sobin Philip

Finance Officer

Mr. Sobin Philip, currently serving as Finance Officer, joined the Ecumenical Christian Centre in July 2015. After completing his Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Commerce degrees from  Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam (Kerala), he pursued his Master of Business Administration degree specialising in finance, from Bharathiar University. His dissertation was  ‘A Study on Consumer Trust in E-commerce’ for which he was awarded a distinction. Mr. Sobin is an enthusiastic member of staff and manages the entire financial affairs of the Centre with diligence.

Mrs. Joyamma Kuruvilla

Secretary to the Director

Mrs. Jacintha Bhaskar


Mrs. Siby Abraham

Manager, Refectory

Mr. T. Srinivas

Manager, Estate Maintenance

Mrs. Susheela

Accommodation supervisor

Mr. Nataraju K.S.,

Secy. Communication Centre

Mr. Jabaraj.

Conference Asst

Mr. David Balasubramani


Mr. Ramesh.


Mr. Shivappa

Library Assistant

Mr. Murali Krishna K.R.

Security Officer