Our Beginnings

Old Church Building
Old Church Building

The Chembur Mar Thoma Parish is more than five decades old and traces its origins to a prayer group of Mumbai Mar Thoma Parish. The Mar Thomaites living in Chembur increased to such an extent that the need was felt for having a dedicated worship place in the Chembur-Mankhurd area. Subsequently a plot of land was purchased in Govandi, in the year 1963. The prayer group was elevated as a Chapel in 1965 by the late Rt. Rev. Thomas Mar Athanasius, the then Diocesan Episcopa, who continued to be a strong source of guidance and encouragement.

On 1st July 1968, the Chapel was given the status of a full-fledged Parish. The foundation stone of the Church building was laid by the late Rev. P K Koshy, the then Vicar of Dadar Mar Thoma Parish and the dedication ceremony was held on 11th January 1970 by the Late Rt. Rev. Dr. Alexander Mar Theophilos, the then Diocesan Episcopa.

Our very first Vicar was Rev. T C Thomas.

Mar Thoma Church Chembur
Mar Thoma Church Chembur

What started out as a small prayer group with 5-10 families, is today a large and vibrant community of 212 families and 835 members, worshipping regularly and participating in the various programmes and events of the Church. While many of the original founding members are still present even today, we see and are encouraged that their children and grand-children have carried forward the mantle and are active members of the Parish today.

Our Former Vicars

Late Rev T C Thomas


Late Rev. T C Thomas


Late Rev. K T Mathew

Rev K C George


Rev. K C George

Rev T A John


Late Rev. T A John

Rev G Varghese


Rev. G Verghese


Rev. Joseph Jacob

Presently Rt. Rev. Joseph Mar Barnabas Episcopa

Rev K M Philip


Rev. K M Philip

Rev George Mathew


Rev. George Mathew

Rev Thomas Chandy


Rev. Thomas P Chandy

Rev C Joseph


Rev. C Joseph

Rev Raju Anchery


Rev. Raju George Anchery

Rev Vinoy Daniel


Rev. Vinoy Daniel

Rev Joseph Ayrookuzhy


Rev. Joseph Ayrookuzhy

Rev Joseph K George


Rev. Joseph K George

Rev Philip George


Rev. Philip George

Rev A T Thomas


Rev. A T Thomas

Rev P P Kuruvilla


Rev. P P Kuruvilla

Rev A Y Varughese


Rev. A Y Varughese

Rev Minoy N Kuruvilla


Rev. Minoy N Kuruvilla

Our Vicar

Aby Achen family

Aby Achen and Kshema Kochamma were married in 1997. Kochamma is the youngest daughter of a former school head-master, late Mr. George Joseph and late Mrs. Mariamma Joseph, who was active in public life and was a panchayat member for over 25 years. They belong to Vellareth Panthradiyil family.

Kochamma plays an active part in the parish ministry. She is a post-graduate in Environmental Science.  They have two sons – Abhishikth (Abhi) and Sathchith (Sachu).

Abhi is pursuing his M.Sc., Psychology (Counselling) at Christ University, Bengaluru and has keen passion and interests in music and uses his talents to reinforce his commitments to the Kingdom of our Lord. 

Younger Sachu is a bubbly and inquisitive child studying in 7th Standard.

The guiding force of Chembur Parish is Rev. (Dr) John George – fondly called as Aby Achen, our Vicar from 1st May 2019. Within a short time, Aby Achen has been able to create a strong bonding with all members of the parish. His ability to listen, compassion and simplicity is adored a lot by all members of the parish – young and old. Achen’s ministry at the parish is a blessing for all. His ability to bring out biblical truths and narrate it in the simplest of ways is a testimony of his grasp over the subject and his commitment to the word of God.

Aby Achen was born in August 1971 as the eldest son to Late Mr. O George and Mrs. Marikutty George and belongs to Kattumpurathu Family of Chathannur in Kollam District of Kerala.  Achen has two younger brothers – Mr. Paul George is an Insurance Advisor by profession and has played an active role in the parish and at sabha level, mainly through Yuva Jana Sakhyam and UESI. Younger brother Rev. (Dr.) Jacob George, also a priest in the Marthoma Church, is currently a counsellor and faculty member at TMA Institute, Amalagiri, Kottayam.

After graduating in Zoology from Kerala University, Aby Achen reaffirmed his commitment to work for His Ministry and worked as the youth chaplain of Adoor Diocese of Mar Thoma Church. Later, he joined Leonard Theological College, Jabalpur and completed BD in 1997. He was ordained as a Semmash on 13th June 1997 and ordained a Kassesa on 17th July 1997. Initial years as a clergy saw Achen working at a few parishes in Kerala. Thereafter, Marthoma Sabha has sent Achen to Kota in Rajasthan, Wayanad in Kerala, Dubai, Pazhanji in Kerala, Ahmedabad, Mira Road and now in Chembur. Achen has left lasting imprints in the minds of the faithful community in all these places. 

His ability and commitment to uplift the underserved communities was evident during his work with the tribals in Wayanad District. In the midst of all these, Achen augmented his knowledge and understanding through a Doctoral Study from Serampore University. The topic was “Integrating eco-vision in pastoral ministry” with an added focus to the very important aspect of food security and waste management.

The description of Aby Achen will be incomplete without a mention of his zeal and passion for nature and the environment. He inspires people with his enthusiasm to grow a variety of vegetables, fruits and flowers. To him, soil is a gift from God that needs to be nurtured. This aspect of Achen manifests itself in Chembur Parish too.

May our Good Lord continue to bless Aby Achen and Family with all goodness and health and use him for the purpose of His Kingdom through the Marthoma Church.

Executive Committee 2022-23

Core Committee

Rev Dr John George


Rev. Dr. John George

VJ Mathew


V J Mathew


Santhosh K B

Jacob Ninan

Trustee - Finance

Jacob Ninan

Libu - Trustee Accounts

Trustee - Accounts

Libu Mathew

Lay Leaders

Renji James - Lay Leader

Renji James

Joby P Easaw

Mandalam and Diocese Representatives

PT Thomas

Mandalam Member

P T Thomas

John Mathew

Diocesan Assembly Member

Dr. John Mathew

V PSimon

Diocesan Assembly Member

V P Simon

Organization Representatives

K T Thomas - Edavaka Mission

Edavaka Mission

K T Thomas

Mariamma Renji

Sevika Sangham

Mini Renji

Reena George

Sunday School

Reena George

Anil - Youth League

Youth League

Anil Simon

Prayer Group Representatives


Anushakti Nagar

Vijay John

Cherian - Assisi Nagar Rep

Assisi Nagar

Cherian Thomas


Central Chembur I

George Varghese T

John Chacko - Central Chembur 2 Rep

Central Chembur II

John Chacko

Cherian Oommen

Chedda Nagar

Cherian Oommen

Thomas V - Ghatkopar Area Rep


Thomas Varghese


Navi Mumbai

Mathew K Cherian


Other Area

Tom Abraham

MPJohn - Pestom Sagar Rep

Pestom Sagar

M P John


Jacob John

Tilak Nagar

P T Varghese

Internal Auditors

Shiju - Internal Auditor

Shiju Varghese

K G Abraham - Internal Auditor

K G Abraham