In a dramatic conversion, as he
planned to jump from a train in the city of Madras, he heard a verse from the Bible being
quoted by a preacher in a Christian meeting. " He who conceals his sins will not
prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will receive pardon" (Prov 28:13). He
immediately got down at the next station and walked to the meeting and he found the Lord
Jesus Christ in his life. This was on May 14th 1967.
Soon after, he started sharing his testimony and
preached the Gospel everyday. Within a few years, he had preached in all major cities,
towns and villages all over Tamil Nadu. Thousands were saved and baptized and added to the
In the year 1982, he started
publishing the Agni
(fire) monthly magazine in Tamil, which now is read
all over the world by Tamil speaking people. In 1974, he became a full time Evangelist and
started the Agni Ministries. In the year 1995 God gave him a new vision to plant churches.
Now he has 27 churches and pastors, four full-time Evangelists and an office with four
faculties. He has sent one missionary to North India in Uttar Pradesh State in a small
village by name Padampuri where there are no Christians at all. Now after two years there
are eight Christians.
A profile writer, Sadhu Chellappa has written
more than twenty-eight books in Tamil and two in English. His most popular book "IS CHRISTIANITY A NECESSITY?" is always in demand
and will go into reprint for the fifth time. His English book BIBLE
AND BAGAVAT GITA, VARANASHRA DHARMA (Caste systems) are sold like hot
In 1983, Sadhu Chellappa met Dr. Billy Graham at the itinerant Evangelists conference at
Amsterdam. He was then interviewed and his life story appeared in the
"Challenge" magazine published by Campus Crusade, U.S.A. A regular speaker at
the Impetus conference in Colombo for the Third world Pastors and Evangelists, Sadhu is a
close friend of Dr. Colton Wickramaratne, the Senior Pastor of Peoples Church,
Colombo and his ministry has seen numerous Buddhists and Hindus saved in Srilanka. Most of
the Srilankan Tamil Hindus who are scattered as refugees through out the world became
Christians through Sadhu`s ministries.
Chellappas life story has
appeared in "The Edge" a leading British Christian magazine in its May 1996
issue. Rev. Colin Dye, the Senior Pastor of Kensington Temple, London, the largest church
in England, interviews him.
Chellappas message is
"Christ and Him crucified". He is the only way, the truth and Life. The Vedhas,
the ancient Indian sacred writings had anticipated the coming of Christ to take away the
sins of man. They call Him Purusha Prajapati the creator God who would come as a man to
offer himself as a sacrifice. Jesus Christ came to fulfill the Vedic quest of the Indian
people, because the Vedhas are incomplete without Him, just as the Old testament was
fulfilled at the coming of the Messiah.