Bp Joshua Raj
Dr Joshua Raj has practiced as an orthopaedic surgeon for 40 years, and is an ordained minister in the AOC International communion. He became a Christian in medical school when the complexity of the human body revealed God's beautiful design. In the years since he accepted Jesus as his Saviour (1973), he has seen first hand the various ways in which God deals with His people.
Verses that guide the ministry:
Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
2 Tim 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
His Christian journey has included opportunities to minister in Indian churches of different denominations in many countries. He has preached and taught in Singapore, India, Malaysia, Guyana, Canada and the USA. Dr Raj is a graduate of Seminary Theology Malaysia and has a postgraduate degree in practical theology.
He has concentrated on comparative religion having lived and worked with peoples of most of the world's major religious beliefs.
Dr. Raj feels called to equip churches and believers with the tools needed to share the gospel with the followers of different faiths who live and work alongside us. This is being done through books, talks and seminars.
Ordination and Consecration History
Ordained a presbyter on 5th May 2002 by Bishop Jerry Ogles.
Consecrated bishop on 9th Nov 2009 by Bishop Jerry Ogles and Bishop John Nakka.
+The Episcopal Succession of the Anglican Orthodox Church includes Anglican, Old Catholic, Armenian-Uniate, Russian Orthodox, Syrian-Malabar, and other lines.
The Anglican succession of Bishop Dr Joshua Raj is given as follows:
William Montgomery Brown, retired PECUSA bishop of Arkansas who became an Old Catholic in 1925, cons. on 2 January 1927
Wallace David de Ortega, who exchanged cons. on 23 August 1945 with
Antoine Joseph Aneed, who cons. on 18 December 1949
Nicholas Urbanovitch, who cons. on 7 May 1955
Eugene de Baczna-Batchinsky, who cons. on 19 December 1959
Wasyl Sawyna, who cons. on 15 March 1964
James Parker Dees, who cons. on 5 May 1966
Vattapara John Stephen, who cons. in 1982
Paulose K. Markose, who cons.
Thomas Karikkuzhy (or Karikuzhy/Karrikudhy), who cons. on 22 October 2000
Jerry Levon Ogles who cons on 9 November 2009 Joshua Raj.
+Dr. Joshua Raj also has a line of Anglican episcopal succession that stems from the "Denver Consecrations" of 1978 that launched the Continuing Anglican Movement.
Arthur Albert Chambers (1906 to 1993), retired PECUSA Bishop of Springfield, Illinois, cons. on 28 January 1978
Charles Dale David Doren (born 1915) who cons. on 2 June 1984
Albion Williamson Knight Jr. (born 1924) who cons. on 21 September 1985
John Cyrus Gramley (1931 to 1996) who cons. in 1992
Robert Harold Hawn (1928 to 1999) who cons. on 12 February 1995
Heron Aloysius Sam (1935 to 2006) who exchanged lines of succession on 17 September 1995 with
Michael D. Owen who cons. on 19 April 1997
Duraisingh James (born 1949) who cons. on 12 February 2005
John S.D. Raju Nakka (born 1959) who assisted in cons.
on 9 November 2009 Joshua Raj
AOC International Communion - Beliefs and the 39 Articles
Beliefs and the 39 Articles Anglican Statement of Faith
My wife, Elizabeth, is involved in prayer ministry and practices as a NANC certified biblical counsellor - www.livinghopecounseling.com.
and blogs at www.inerrantword.blogspot.com
They have three adult children -
The eldest son Dr. Daniel, is a family doctor, and is musically gifted, plays the guitar and bass, writes christian music and is the music director and worship leader at his local church.
The second daughter Diane, read neuropsychology, is a photographer, writes Christian music and has authored books for Christian women. She runs a blog W.R.I.T.E. She works as the administrative assistant to the National Director of GARBC (General Assoc of Regular Baptists).
She is married to Pastor Luke Scallon, pastor of Grace Baptist Church, Laurel MD. They have three handsome sons.
Youngest daughter, Dr. Dana, a family doctor, is married to engineer
Ir. Derek Hamm, and has three beautiful daughters. They are active in the local church teaching youth and the Sunday school.
Dr Raj presently practices part time in orthopaedic surgery, and the rest of the time continues a writing and teaching ministry. He is the part time volunteer preacher/teacher at St Thomas Evangelical Church Edmonton.