New Life College (NLC) is a division of Nava Jeeva Ashram, founded by Dr. John Thannickal in 1978. We offer Master of Theology (M.Th), Master of Divinity (M.Div), Bachelor of Theology (B.Th), Diploma in Theology (D.Th) and Certificate in Theology (C.Th) programs to our students who are qualified. Over 1,000 from all over India have graduated since its inception, serving in various capacities. The Bachelor of Theology (BTH) and Master of Divinity (M.Div) programs offered at NLC are accredited by Asia Theological Association (ATA).
New Life College is dedicated to excellence in theological education. The primary task of education whether in the secular field or religious sphere is to understand excellence by reading and comparing various fields of knowledge. In all of human history the newness of Jesus Christ as revealed in the New Testament is the most excellent expression of education. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught the excellence of His Kingdom in comparison with the Old Testament teaching (Mathew.5).
In comparison to the Decalogue, Jesus introduced a positive new commandment of Love (Jn 13: 34). The heaven and earth will be renewed (2 Pet 3:13, Rev 21:1) as a result of the process of renewal toward excellence. New life in Christ (Acts 5:20, Rom 6:4) is the hallmark of excellence.
The task of discipling is not only teaching the excellence available to us through Christ, but also motivating the disciples to appropriate excellence. Our power for the ministry to appropriate the divine Excellencies in Christ comes from the Holy Spirit who is our Helper and Comforter. As Paul admonished the Ephesian Christians, ‘let us be filled with the Holy Spirit’ (Eph 5:18).
Passing the baton to our new Principal
Since its inception in 1985, New Life College has been “running the race” of training ministers under the able leadership of its founders, Dr. John and Mary Thannickal. Over the past 33 years, with the Lord’s grace and provision, many obstacles were overcome and battles won to allow the vision of its founders to flourish. We are indebted to them for their selfless and devoted service to the Kingdom of God for over the last 50 years.
When Dr. Thannickal informed the Nava Jeeva Ashram Board five years ago of his desire to retire and step down as Principal, the search for a new successor began. Dr. A.C George was the chair of the search committee and after much prayer and deliberation, the Board was pleased to inform that they had identified and appointed a successor.
Dr. Abraham Mathew comes to us with vast experience in leadership in both ministry and secular fields. He was ordained In 1997 by the General Council, Indian Pentecostal Church of God, Kerala and has been involved in ministry for the past 30 years as Pastor/Missionary/Teacher. He received his Master of Divinity in 2005 from SABC and Doctorate of Ministry in 2013 from the Global Center for Leadership Development. In the secular field, Dr. Mathew completed a Diploma in Computer Applications and Bachelor of Arts and has worked with various multinational companies in India and in Saudi Arabia in various administrative roles.
Dr. Mathew has demonstrated excellent qualities of teaching and leadership while he was an adjunct faculty with New Life College over the past 4 years. He is serving as interim principal during the 2017/18 academic year and will take on full responsibilities from the 2018/19 year onwards. He is married to Mrs. Alice and they have three children Praisy, Jerin and Prescilla. We are grateful to Dr. Mathew for accepting this role and know that the Lord will enable him to take on this important responsibility and continue the legacy with excellence and integrity to the glory of God.
We invite you all to keep your calendars free to join us for this historic event at the New Life College Graduation on March 3, 2018 as we celebrate the installation of the new principal, Dr. Abraham Mathew. Please keep New Life College and its leadership in prayer during this time of transition.