Vicar - Rev. Fr. Dr. Johnson C. John Chirathalckal B.Sc., G. S. T., B.D., MSW, M. Phil., Ph. D
Fr. Dr. Johnson C. John, Chirathalackal was born to Late Mr. C. M. John Chirathalackal, Kallooppara and Mrs. Mariamma John Chunkathil, Thiruvalla on May 30th, 1976 in Puthusserry, Thiruvalla in Pathanamthitta District of State of Kerala, India. He is married to Mrs. Susamma Johnson. Children: Joel C. Johnson and Juan C. Johnson. He is currently serving as the Vicar of St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church, Greater Washington from 2013 and working as the Social Worker in New Jersey State.
Education & Experience
Elementary education in LP School Puthusserry, Kallooppara (1981-1986), Middle School and High School Education at M.G.D (Mar Geevarghese Dionysius) High School, Puthusserry (1986-1991), Pre-Degree at BAM (Bishop Abraham Memorial) College Thuruticad,(1991-1993), B. Sc. Mathematics at Mar Thoma College Thiruvalla, (1993-1996) , GST (Graduate of Sacred Theology) – Old Seminary, Kottayam (1998-2002), B.D. (Bachelor of Divinity), Serampore University, Calcutta, 2002, MSW, K.E. (Kuriakose Elias) College, Mannanam, M. G. (Mahatma Gandhi) University, Kottayam, India, 2006, M.Phil.(Sociology), Madurai Kamaraj University, Tamilnadu, India, 2009,Ph.D.(Social Work ) in “The Relevance of School Counselling”, MG university , Kottayam, 2013. He did Social Work at Nakkada Mission Hospital, Thiruvalla, Lakeshore Hospital, Cochin, St. Gregorios Hospital, Parumala, Pushpagiri Medical College, Thiruvalla and at P.S.H. Project, Jawahar, Thalayolapparampu. He did his Pre-seminary orientation at St Gregorios Balabhavan, Yacharam, Andhra Pradesh, (1996-1997) and at St.Paul’s Balabhavan, Puthuppady (1997 – 1998) and Post Seminary Education at Karunya Balabhavan, Panayampala (2002- 2003).
He is the member of St Mary’s Orthodox Valiyapally, Kallooppara, Niranam Diocese. Ordained as a Deacon on May 12th, 2001 by H. G. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios, Metropolitan of Niranam Diocese and Full Deacon on September 27th, 2002 at Njaliakuzhy Mar Baselios Dayara by HG Geevarughese Mar Ivanios and Priest on September 28th, 2002 at Kallooppara Valiyapally by HG Geevarughese Mar Ivanios of Kottayam Diocese. Served as the Vicar at different parishes of Niranam Diocese: St. Greorge Orthodox Church, Vellampoika, Kunnamthanam (2002-2006) St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, Thalakkulam , Kunnamthanam (2003-2006), St. Johns’ Orthodox Church, Punnavely, (2006-2007), St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, Venpala, Thiruvalla (2007-2009), St. George Orthodox Church, Muthupala, Vennikkulam (2009-2012).
Served as the Principal, Research Guide, HOD and Lecturer at St Gregorios College of Health Science, Parumala at St Gregorios Medical Mission Hospital, Parumala (2006-2012), Guest Lecturer, SME (School of Medical Education), Ghandhinagar, Kottayam (2010-2012), Vice President, Program Chairman, Kallooppara Convention (2010-2012), Literary Forum Secretary and Executive Committee Member, MGOCSM of India (1994-1996).
He studied iconography under Mr. Boris B. Sathyawan, an Indonesian Iconographer. He is the author of two books: Dheeranaya Sthephanos (3 Editions) and Ichashakthy, CSS, Thiruvalla (4 Editions). He received Pathamuttom Pattacherril Corepiscopa Memorial Award for the Best Seminary Student in 2002.