Rev. Fr. Thampan Varghese
Rev. Fr. Thampan Varghese comes from Thaivellathra family and his home parish is St. Mary’s Salem Orthodox Church, Manappally (Kollam Diocese). Achen was born in Manappally, Kollam (Dist) to Mr. Koshy Unnoonni (late) & Mrs. Kunjamma. He is married to Susan Thampan, Daughter of Late Rev. Fr. T. S. Thomas & Late Rachel Thomas (Thengumthottathil, Ranni) and they have been blessed with 2 children, Feba Varghese (Daughter) Meekha Varghese (Son). His Grace Mathews Mar Coorilos (His Holiness Baselius Marthoma Mathews II) ordained him as a Priest on June 9, 1988. He earned his degree from Kerala University. He studied at the Orthodox Theological Seminary at Kottayam where he received his BD (Bachelor in Divinity) degree. Fr. Thampan Varghese served as vicar of Baselius Gregorios Orthodox Church, Poruvazhy Kollam, Morth Mariam Orthodox Church Thevalakara, St. Thomas Orthodox Cathedral, Kannamcode, Adoor and St. George Orthodox Church Puthoor Kollam. Achen also Served as Secretary to His Holiness Baselius Marthoma Mathews I. Achen came to the USA in 1997 and served as first Diocesan Secretary of the Diocese of Southwest America. Achen has served as Aramana manager, American Diocese in New york. He also served as Vicar of St. Gregorios Orthodox Church Rochester Hills, Michigan, St. Mary’s Orthodox Valiyapally Farmers Branch, Texas & St. George Orthodox Church, Irving, Texas. Southwest American Diocese Metropolitan His Grace Dr. Zacharias Mar Aprem appointed him as Vicar of St. Mary’s Orthodox Church of India, Dallas in Jan 2019.