Rev. Joby Varghese Joy
Rev. Joby Varghese Joy (Known as Avanakkadan Achen) is an ordained Minister from the Church of South India, Madhya Kerala Diocese. He was ordained as a Deacon in 2010 by Rt. Rev. Thomas Samuel and as a Presbyter in 2011 by Rt. Rev. Thomas K Oommen. He served in Kuttoor, Thiruvalla (2010-2013), East Meenadom, Kottayam (2013-2016) and Ericadu-Puthuppally, Kottayam (2013-2016) as presbyter in charge. He served in Diocesan Executive Committee for 2014-2017 and served as a member of Finance Board, Mission Board, Ecological board, and Temperance Movement of the Madhya Kerala Diocese. He was the Diocesan Secretary for the Lahari Virudha Samithi (Temperance Movement) for 2014-2019. He also served as the Joint secretary for the Kerala Ecumenical Temperance Movement for 2015-2018. Achen did his Studies in CMS Schools in Puthuppally, MSM College, Kayamkulam and Bishop Moore College, Kallumala, Mavelikara. He did his theological studies at Union Biblical Seminary, Pune, Maharashtra, India. He did his practical work as an Upadeshi (Catechist)in Ala, Pandanadu and Vallikunnam CSI Churches.
Rev. Joby’s main strengths as a pastor are in the areas of leadership, preaching and pastoral care. He loves the CSI Congregation of Hudson Valley and desire to see the church strengthened as people grow in their faith. He is a minister to others through teaching the word of God through his Wednesday Bible studies, Visitation, Evangelism and Counselling. He is also a renowned Convention Speaker.
Rev. Joby Varghese Joy is married to Mrs. Anitha Elizabeth Iype, who is a School Teacher in India, and they are blessed with two children Johaann and Naithan.
Past Presbyters Who Have Served Our Church
Rev. Dr. P.K. Kuruvilla (1996 - 1999) - our first full-time Vicar. Very energetic and committed Pastor. Achen served here from 1996-1999. Kuruvilla Achen is in Kottayam serving as the Vicar of the CSI Trinity Cathedral Church. Achen is also a member of the CSI Synod. He is also serving in various committees of the diocese and working as the Secretary of the Financial Board. Susan Kochamma is a teacher and also serving as the Vice President of the CSI Diocesan Women’s Fellowship. Achen’s children, Wesley and Winny are students and very active in CSI Youth Fellowship. Wesley is an accomplished pianist and singer.