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.

The Late Rev. Dr. Jacob Chacko (1999 - 2002) - Achen took initiative in raising funds for our Building fund which enabled us to buy the parsonage. We started our area prayer meetings during Achen’s term. Achen and Kochamma are singers and Mini Kochamma was a member of our Choir. Achen also played an essential role in encouraging and leading our youth fellowship to the be the strong fellowship it is today.

Very Rev. P.U. Paulose (2002 - 2005) - well-experienced senior Pastor of the Madhya Kerala Diocese, who served here from 2002-2005. Achen is known for his deep knowledge in Scriptures especially in New Testament. Achen’s noble character is always in our hearts. Achen and Mercy Kochamma are staying in Kottayam. Achen is the Clergy Secretary of the diocese and doing a wonderful service in the diocese. Achen’s children, Annie is married to Rev. Benny Thomas, who is also a Pastor of the diocese. Achen’s son, Arun is employed. Mercy Kochamma was also a member of our choir and known for her embroidery work. Paulose Achen is the one who started the Sunday morning Bible Study classes.

Rev. Mathew P. George (2006 - 2009) - an eloquent speaker who enjoyed working in Christian Education Ministry. Achen was elected as the Vice President of the CSI Council in 2007. Very hardworking, committed pastor. Achen is now serving as the Manager of the CMS Press and also the Missionary—in Charge of the Thotta Pradesh mission of the diocese. Jegy Kochamma, a good singer, is the Principal of the CMS College Higher Secondary School.

Rev. Binu T. John (2010 - 2013) - Known for his affable nature, Achen dedicated for Lord’s work at a very young age. Achen’s sermons are very inspirational filled with new thoughts. Bindu Kochamma is a talented musician who was very active in our choir.

Rev. Robin K Paul (2013 - 2016) - Achen served our mission field in Charkkari, Uttar Pradesh, India for six years. Achen’s commitment to missions is noteworthy. During his days in Charkkari, God used him to build a strong foundation for our mission field. Anu Kochamma is a higher Secondary school teacher.

Rev. Pretheesh Babu Kurian (2017 - 2019) - Achen provided remarkable services in Telangana (Andhra) Mission field in India. Gristy Kochamma, a good singer was an active member in our Choir. Achen's children, Presly and Prestin are students.