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Immanuel Mar Thoma Church, Virginia is a parish of the Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church, Kerala, India. The congregation was approved as a new parish of the Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church of Malabar effective April 15, 2010, by the Synod which met on February 22, 2010. The church currently conducts its worship services at the Community Lutheran Church, located in Sterling, Virginia. Immanuel Mar Thoma Church is blessed with the generous support of the Pastors and the congregation of Community Lutheran Church for their continued support and generosity.
The history of the Mar Thoma Church in the North American continent represents the dreams and aspirations of the immigrant community from Kerala, India. The initial Mar Thoma Church in North America, started as a small prayer group in Queens, New York in the year 1972, which was later recognized and approved as the first parish in the year 1976. Since then, the churches grew, and the diocese was formed.
The Diocese of North America and Europe has existed for the past 30 years. Though an immigrant church, the church has been contextualizing its ministry in this diocese, while keeping the ethos and traditions of Mar Thoma Church, founded in Kerala, India.
The Diocese is presided by the Diocesan Bishop, Dr. Isaac Mar Philoxenos. The Diocesan Assembly is the representative body of the churches within the Diocese. Currently, Rev. Manoj Idiculla serves as the Diocesan Secretary.