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Rev. Stephen Samuel, MDiv

Rev. Samuel serves as Pastor of Westbury Tabernacle in Westbury, NY. He is an instructor at the Bible Institute in Jamaica, NY, and an ordained minister of the Bethel Gospel Tabernacle Fellowship International, Inc. His parents, Rev. & Mrs. M. S. Samuel, immigrated from India to the United States during the 1960s. Stephen developed his ministry gifts in the multi-cultural church his father pastors in Flushing, New York. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queens College, New York, and a Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Massachusetts, graduating Magna Cum Laude from both institutions. In the past, Stephen has been a speaker for the Pentecostal Conference of North American Keralites as well as for other events sponsored by members of the Indian Christian community. He has contributed articles to the Indian Christian periodical "Kahalam" ("Trumpet"), and has ministered in India. Stephen and his wife Elizabeth reside in Jackson Heights, NY.

 Articles by this Author

IN EXPLORING THE IDEA of multicultural ministry in the local church, we should first be convinced of its necessity.  The why should precede the how and what.  This why is found in the pages of Scripture.  For it is in the Bible that God has most definitively revealed His mind, His character, and His redemptive plan.  To understand Him and His redemptive plan is to understand the reason why sections of the Universal Church, including the Indian Christian Community, must be seriously engaged in the pursuit of God’s will regarding those outside its cultural hedge.  By surveying the Biblical record in both the Old and New Testaments, we find that God has acted redemptively to choose for Himself one people comprised of many peoples.  This holds several implications for the Universal Church, and for the Indian Christian Community in particular.  First, however, let us consider the Scriptural record and be convinced of God’s multicultural intentions.