Kolhapur Church Council
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(of the former United Church of Northern India)
New Palace, P.O., Church Council House, E. Patton School Compound, Nagala Park
416003 Kolhapur
India (Asia)
Telephone: +91 231 654-738
Fax: +91 231 664-492
Email: kcckopms@bom2.vsnl.net.in, kcckopms@sancharnet.in
Address-No.: 139 / 4060

The congr belonging today to the Kolhapur Church Council (KCC) is the fruit of missionary work by American Presb which started in 1852. In 1924 the Kolhapur Presb became part of the United Church of Northern India, which brought together Presb and Congreg; they formed the Kolhapur Church Council within the United Church of Northern India. Though the United Church joined the Church of North India (CNI) in 1970, the KCC claims that it continued to exist as a juridical entity. A dispute between the Presbyterian Church USA and KCC over properties was finally settled in 1997 by mutual agreement. The KCC does evangelistic work in Western Maharashtra and is represented in the political districts of Kolhapur, Sangli, Ratnagiri, Sindhurga, and Belguam (Karnatak).

The KCC runs a Theological college at Kolhapur and conducts G.Th. Courses. They send students for further training (e.g. M.Div., B.D., B.th. etc.) to Union Biblical Seminary, Pune and Asian Institute of Theology, Bengalore.
The Kolhapur Church Council runs 7 High Schools, 4 Primary Schools, and 10 Kindergartens in the Disctricts of Kolhapur, Sangli, Sindhudurga, and Belgaum. It also runs 3 Girls Hostels and 1 Boy Hostel for poor, needy and orphen children. The KCC also gives scholarships to poor and needy students to take vacational training. It also runs 2 hospitals. Recently the KCC has launched a Micro-Eco-Loan Project for the welfare of poor and needy families in the KCC area. So far they have distributed Rs. 15 lacs to the 184 beneficiaries to start their own business.

Statistic data of church

total: 11000
(conventionally): 51
house fellowships
(Number of growing parishes): 400
Ordained clergy
total: 32
no women´s ordination
total: 0
total: 20
Men: 19
Women: 1
  deacons available
total: 0
missionaries do not working abroad
Baptismal practise
infant and believer´s baptism
no godparents
Lord's Supper
Frequency per annum: 13
Newspapers/ Periodicals
no publication of magazines
Theological training facilities

Number: 1

Schools providing general education
other schools
Founded in
Organizational structures
Congregation, Synod, General Assembly
Traditional type
  • presbyterian
Official languages
  • English
  • Marathi
Languages during church services
  • English
  • Marathi
  • Apostles´ Creed


last update: 20.01.2003
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