I have no greater joy than this, to hear that you are walking in the truth (3 John: 4)
Rev. Kamalesh Stephen’s greatest joy is when the people to whom he is called to minister live out their faith in their places of work and leisure. Mentoring disciples to be a living witness for God in the world has been his deepest yearning and he brings that passion to Asian Indian Christian Church located in Berkeley Heights, NJ.
2014 - present
After having served World Vision of India for two years Rev. Kamalesh came to the United States in 1990 to pursue his dual Master’s in Divinity and Economic Development from Eastern University and Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer Theological Seminary). The call to ordained ministry with the Church of South India became a reality for him on October 25, 1997 by the Rt. Rev. Masilamani Azariah, Bishop of Madras. Until 2014, Rev. Kamalesh assisted the senior pastor in the growth of Grace-Trinity UCC in Philadelphia. His academic journey took him to Princeton Theological Seminary where he pursued Th. M. and Ph. D. degrees in the area of Homiletics (preaching). Rev. Kamalesh also serves as an adjunct faculty at Palmer Theological Seminary and Princeton Theological Seminary.
Rev. Kamalesh is married to Sumithra and has 2 children Roshini and Rupak. They, as a family, believe in a God who calls and most importantly affirm that the One who calls will also equip them for the journey that is ahead. Their long stint in Philly has made them ardent fans of the Eagles football team and they want to keep it that way.
1989 - 2014
Rev. Dr. Baktha BC Kumar, also known as BBC Kumar hails from Vellore, a southern town in South India. His family consisted of his father Mr. Henry Walter and mother Mrs. Sundari Walter, and his five siblings. His father and grandfather (who was an active evangelist) played a very important role inspiring and entrenching him in the teachings of the Word and to lead a prayerful life.
Rev. Kumar’s biblical growth was also nurtured by his mother’s prayer life and faith in God. Rev. BBC Kumar was an active SCM student in college, accepted a call to serve in the Student Christian Movement of India from 1973-1976, worked as Program Secretary among the Christian Students in the colleges and universities, conducting Bible Studies, organizing prayer cells, and leadership training conferences. After completing his Masters (MA) at Madras Christian College, he decided to pursue Theological studies in the USA and to become a Pastor. In 1976 he came to New Brunswick Theological Reformed Church of America, and obtained his Masters in Divinity (M Div), and Masters in Social Work (MSW) at Rutgers University in New Jersey. In 1986, he was ordained in the Brooklyn Classis of the Reformed Church in America.
Rev. BBC Kumar along with his wife Mrs. Preethi Kumar, while working as Licensed Social Workers in a NY hospital, found that many new and old Immigrant families from the Indian sub-continent were facing tremendous cultural, social, language, economic, and spiritual issues and challenges, in adjusting to the Western Culture while living in the USA. Inspired by God, Rev. BBC Kumar realized that he had a vision and a passion to minister to these immigrant families. In July 1989, he founded AICC along with the help of others, and the support of the Palisades Classis of the RCA, at the Old Bergen Reformed Church, Jersey City, NJ. As the congregation and membership grew, AICC continued to move geographically in New Jersey, catering to the needs of its growth to Maplewood, Roselle Park and finally to Berkeley Heights, where AICC has its own Church Building. Rev. BBC Kumar also serves as a Specialized Minister in the Passaic Valley Classis of the Reformed Church of America. In 2012, Rev. BBC Kumar received his D.Min degree (Doctor of Ministry) in the field of Pastoral Care and Counseling from Drew University, Madison, NJ.
Rev. BBC Kumar married Mrs. Preethi Kumar in 1978 and has three children Prem, Priya and Padmini.
1996 - 2014
The Rev. Dr. Christopher Solomon is an Ordained Minister of The Church of South India – Diocese of Chennai. (Madras). He had served in the Diocese for 23 years in several churches, including the prestigious St. George's Cathedral (1980-84) & Egmore Wesley Church in Chennai. Rev. Christopher Solomon and his wife Mrs. Sarah Solomon came to the United States in 1990.
He completed his higher studies in Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, School of Theology at Boston and New York Theological Seminary in New York. Since 1993, he has been serving at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Bronx, which was once a German American Congregation. He also served in Christhuva Tamil Koil in New York as an Associate Pastor for 3 years before becoming the Senior Pastor of the Asian Indian Christian Church in New Jersey.
Under Rev. Christopher Solomon’s visionary leadership in AICC, many new vital ministries have been added, and established ministries have been revitalized. Because of its dynamic growth, both spiritually and in membership, AICC has procured its own beautiful Church building in Berkeley Heights, NJ. In AICC, Rev. Christopher Solomon is instrumental in building a worshiping community of Christians through small groups and serving our community through a variety of programs for children, teenagers and adults. Rev. Christopher Solomon takes every effort in living an example of caring for each other, and our community. He is also committed to beauty in worship, strong Biblical foundation and ensures unity in diversity.
His wife, Mrs. Sarah Solomon, has dedicated herself to bringing the women of AICC into a more intimate relationship with Jesus our Lord and Savior through the use of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, Prayer and praise, meditation, study of the Scriptures and loving fellowship. Rev. Christopher Solomon and his wife Mrs. Sarah Solomon are blessed with two daughters and four granddaughters.