Away in an obscure corner of Asia Minor, the greatest event of world’s history had taken place: The advent of Jesus Christ and the founding of the Christian Church.

In 330 AD the Roman Emperor Constantine issued an edict giving full liberty to Christians to build churches! The joy of the Christians found expression in a new and unique form of architecture. Ecclesiastical artists and craftsmen using their ingenuity and imagination composed great anthems in sculpted pieces, poetry in woodwork, and chorales in the brilliantly stained-glass windows. Almost fifteen hundred years later in 1813, the licence was issued to construct the Church in Secunderabad.

A few years later, the Church of St. John the Baptist was consecrated and dedicated, to the Glory of God. St. John’s Church served the spiritual needs of the British Forces stationed at Lancer’s Line, Secunderabad. Rev J. Brachenbury was the first Chaplain.

At the entrance is the Belfry, separated from the main structure was constructed in 1923. A noted philanthropist Dewan Bahadur Sett Ramgopal who contributed regularly to the needs of the Church, built the Belfry.

St. Johns Church is cruciform in shape. The Rangood Teak wooden ceiling is supported by graceful columns designed according to a strict rule and order known as The Tuscan Order, which is a simplified version of the Doric Order. The benches in the pews in the Nave are made of Rangoon Teak wood. Some of them are as long as 30 feet!

During the Parade Service held every Sunday, the rifles of the armed forces were placed outside the Church in tripod formation. However, after the great Indian Mutiny these rifles were appropriated by the mutineers. The General Officer Commanding of the British Forces was obliged to resort to alternate arrangements. Rifle Rackets were provided at each pew! Military Officers, Non-commissioned Officers, Soldiers of the British Army, worshipped at St, John’s Church, as also the Railway Officers of the Nizam Warranted State Railway. Indian Christians along with a few British civilians were accommodated in the South wing of the Church. The Military Engineering Service attended to the maintenance of St. John’s Church.

From the day of its consecration, St. John’s Church has been rich in gifts which accounts for the singular completeness of its beauty. To the right of the main entrance is the Baptism Font sculpted from a single piece of marble. The Font boasted of a handsome brass font cover; approximately three feet high exquisitely crafted and fashioned, and embedded with stones. The Font cover was dedicated to the Church in 1905. Unfortunately, in recent times the Font cover found its way into the hands of those wo did not realize its value. But we hope to get the Font cover back some day. The Bronze Eagle shaped lectern used for reading the word of God, is supported on a brass stand based on black granite.

   Those who hope in the Lord, will renew their strength. They will soar on the wings like eagles
Isaiah 40/31

Just as the power of flight of the eagle is unsurpassed, we hope that the word of God will take wing, spread far and wide and bear much fruit.

It was only in 1914 arrangements were made for the introduction of electric lights. However, the Pankhas made way for the domes only in 1918 after the war. In 1914 the aisles and open spaces were tiled with minton tiles aesthetically patterned. Marble steps were laid from the Chancel to the Sanctuary. And a new telescopic brass alter rails were erected. One tends to overlook, at the foot of the Altar, near the brass rail, three circular pieces of art floor that covers the entire floor with minton tiles of the Pascal Lamp and the symbols Alpha and Omega on either side. “O Lord open thou our lips And our mouth shall show forth. Thy Praise” The above text is on the steps leading up to the chancel. A reminder that should be our constant prayer.

The Military band that was in attendance at the Parade Services on Sundays, had the effect of drowning the voices, resulting in the congregation having no desire to sing against the band. The Organ was an accompaniment to the Parade Services resulted in a real hearty response to singing. Thus, the Pipe Organ became an integral part of St. John’s Church. The Tracker Action Great Organ was built with voluntary contributions from the members of the Church. Additional pipes were added by different families as a thanksgiving. The Lieblick Gedackt Stop and the Gamba Stop and twelve pipes were added to the Great Organ in 1916. The Great Organ has a simple organ case correct in form, contour and principles. This conceals the pipe work and keeps out the damp and dust. Carvings and shades relieve the monotony.

We thank God for all those worshiped in this Church and who have left us this heritage. We thank God for all our members, cosmopolitan in status, whose spirit of serving and giving is as strong as ever. Our sincere thank to all our members and well-wishers who according to their ability and opportunity has given of their time, talents and tithes – begin and complete the challenging, demanding work on the roof and interiors. A special word of appreciation to Mr. I.P.P. Prabhakar Rao, Mr. Y.S. Purushotham, and Mr. N.S.J Davadatham who were supervising every phase of work executed. We also thank Rev. B Joseph for his co-operation and valuable advice. Our undying gratitude to Rt. Rev. B. P. Sugandhar for the continued encouragement and support extended to us throughout this period. Praise be to the Lord our God from everlasting to everlasting… Amen,

Mr. T.V. Comfort, Member of the Royal School of Church Music and Organist and Music Co-ordinator for over six decades installed the third manual. Atop the chancel wall is a circular window, fitted with a stained glass of the figure of St. John the Baptist, presented to the Church as a thanksgiving in 1905. The Altar Reredos and wood panelling were giving by the congregation and friends of St. John’s Church, in thankful remembrance of the signing of the Peace Treaty after the Great war 1914-1918. A complete new set of red altar furniture and two Bishop’s chairs, all fine pieces of craftsmanship were presented about the same time.

Chaplains and Presbyters appointed at the Church of St. John the Baptist from the Year 1813:

S NoNamePeriod
130K. M. Charles Wesley2016 – Present
129M. Wilson2012-2016
128B. Moses Shanthi Kumar2010-2012
127G. Suresh Kumar2007-2010
126P. Surya Prakash2005-2007
125K. James Cecil Victor2004-2006
124B. Joseph1994-2004
123Prasanna Kumar1993-1994
122B.P. Sugandar1982-1993
121G. Devasahayam1981-1982
120R.A. Marsh1975-1981
119G. Shaw 1973-1975
118R.A. Marsh1972-1973
117T. Krishna Rao1972-1973
116G. Shaw 1968-1972
115A.C. Abraham1967-1968
114A.J. Barnard1965-1967
113Richard Lipp Bp.1963-1965
112E.W. Gallagher1961-1963
111A.M. Payler 1961-1963
110Bunyon Joseph Bp.1960-1961
109M.H. Durrani1958-1960
108F.C. Philip 1958-1958
107M.H. Durrani1958-1958
106F.C. Philip 1957-1958
105Bunyon Joseph Bp.1956-1957
104F.C. Philip 1951-1956
103R.J. Inglis 1949-1951
102Richard Bentinck1946-1949
101George A. Wilson1945-1946
100Lourence S. Jackson1944-1945
99 Robert S. Waterson1943-1944
97 T.V. Perry1943-1943
96 Robert Collier1940-1943
95 William G. Hayward1938-1940
94 Lourence S. Jackson1935-1938
93 Rhys James 1934-1935
92 A.J. Mortlock1931-1934
91 Maurice Clarke1928-1931
90 H. Hacking 1926-1928
89 George A. Wilson1926-1926
88 Charles E. Wheeler1923-1926
87 W.R. Chrichton1922-1923
86 H.H. Flynn 1920-1922
85 Rhys James 1920-1920
84 H.H. Flynn1918-1920
83 Rhys James 1918-1918
82 H.H. Flynn1916-1918
81 H. Hacking1916-1916
80 B.D. Beeley 1914-1916
79 F.W. Heycock1914-1914
78 G.A.A. Wright1914-1914
77 F.W. Heycock1912-1914
76 B.D. Beeley 1912-1912
75 S.J. Evans 1912-1912
74 B.D. Beeley 1910-1912
73 F. Nuttal 1910-1910
72 B.M. Morton 1909-1910
71 W.A.H. Parker1909-1909
70 B.D. Beeley 1909-1909
69 W.A.H. Parker1907-1909
68 H.E.M. Atkins1904-1907
67 B.M. Morton 1903-1904
66 A.H.B. Brittain 1902-1903
65 H.H. Flynn1902-1902
64 A.H.B. Brittain 1901-1902
63 B.M. Morton 1901-1901
62 A.H.B. Brittain1900-1901
61 C.F. Breay 1898-1900
60 E. Bull 1898-1898
59 F.N. Crowther1896-1898
58 C.H.L. Wright1895-1896
57 A.A. Sharp 1895-1895
56 C.H.L. Wright1894-1895
55 A.J. Johnes 1893-1894
54 C.H.L. Wright1893-1893
53 A. Bird 1893-1893
52 C.H.L. Wright 1891-1893
51 A.H.B. Brittain1889-1891
50 C.H.L. Wright1888-1889
49 C.E. Whitley1888-1888
48 C.H.L. Wright1887-1888
47 F.C. Gittons1886-1887
46 C. Smith1886-1886
45 Noel Platt 1886-1886
44 F.C. Gittons1884-1886
43 R.J. Brandon1882-1884
42 O.V. French 1881-1882
41 R.J. Brandon1878-1881
40 S. Morley 1875-1878
39 J. Frank Brown 1872-1875
38 A. Taylor1871-1872
37 T.A.C. Pratt1871-1871
36 W.B. Powell 1867
35 R.C.W. Raban1866
34 C.W. Januton1865
33 George Warlow1864
30 George English1863
31 C. Rhenius1863
32 C.D. Gibson 1863
29 Thomas Foulkes1862
28 H. Pigot James1861
26 T.A.C. Pratt1860
27 A. Kinlock 1860
24 John Gorton 1859
25 A.W. Pearson1859
22 J. Vivian Bull1858
23 Richard Firth1858
21 J.B. Sayers 1857
20 J.D. Ostrichan1856
19 R. Murphy1854
18 C.D. Gibson1850
17 Warner B. Ottley1848
16 John Gorton 1847
15 Edward Kilvert1846
14 A. H. Alcock1845
13 Alex John Rogers1844
12 Frederick William Briggs1843
11 J.H. Evans1840
10 R. Wells Whitford1840
9 Joseph Knox1840
8 W. Toures1839
7 John McEvoy 1834
6 William John Aislabie1831
5 Frederick Darrah1829
4 James Boys1824
3 Henry C. Bankas1823
2 H. Henry Harper1819
1 J. Bracknbury1813

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