Dalit Pentecostalism
Yabbeju (Jabez) Rapaka


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The Study of World Christian Revitalization Movements in Pentecostal & Charismatic Studies (No. 7)


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The story of the Indian Pentecostal Church of God (IPC) has been overlooked in the historiography of Pentecostalism not only in the West, but also in India. The adherents of this movement are predominantly the disenfranchised and marginalized people called “Dalits.” The author narrates and interprets the historical development of the IPC in Andhra and also highlights the contributions of Dalits to the movement in an organized and comprehensive manner, so that it will be easily accessible to those who are interested in indigenous Pentecostal movements in India.


This book is by far the best treatment of Indian Pentecostalism to date. In treating the roots of indigenous Indian Pentecostalism, Rapaka delves deeply into the problems of American colonialism, the effect of the Caste system on Indian Pentecostalism, and the growth of the largest Pentecostal church in India. A significant contribution!

-Vinson Synan, Dean Emeritus,

Regent University, School of Divinity


This study is by an Andhra insider who presents a distinctly indigenous perspective. The book is an important addition to the literature on Indian Christianity. Rapaka's findings demonstrate the essential Indianness of Pentecostal Christianity in South India, particularly in Andhra Pradesh, a distinctive 20th-21st century Indian contribution to the World Christian Movement.

-Roger E. Hedlund, Ph.D. (University of Madras),
Chief Editor, the Oxford Encyclopedia of South Asian Christianity, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2012.


A groundbreaking study, this book authenticates the formative role played by Dalits in the formation and development of the Indian Pentecostal Church. Featuring interviews with first hand witnesses, Rapaka’s narrative brings to light Dalit grievances against the upper echelon Keralite leadership of the IPC, correcting the cultural biases of previous accounts and giving overdue credit to the Dalit pioneers of their own indigenous Pentecostal movement in Andhra Pradesh.

-Eric N. Newberg, Ph.D, Oral Roberts University.



About the Author:

Yabbeju (Jabez) Rapaka is a native of India. He and his wife, Gloria, founded Love and Hope Ministries, a non-profit organization established to help needy widows, children and pastors in India and Haiti. He holds ministerial credentials with Deep Truth Full Gospel Association, Providence, Rhode Island, and also serves as acting general secretary. He holds B.Com. and B.D. degrees from India and a B.A. degree from Zion Bible College, Barrington, Rhode Island. Dr. Rapaka received his M.B.A., M.Div., and Ph.D. in Church History from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he serves as an adjunct professor in both the School of Divinity and the College of Arts and Sciences.





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