Father berchmans, Fr S J Berchmans is an Indian evangelist and Christian worship songs writer-composer from Tamil Nadu. He has composed over 400 songs, mostly in Tamil. Many of his songs have been translated into other languages including Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Sinhala, Hindi and English.
He is being viewed as an inspirational figure among Tamil Christians and many young and new worship leaders. He operates mainly from Kalayar Kovil in Tamil Nadu, where the headquarters of his “Jebathottam” Trust is located. Fr. Berchmans is well known and is referred to as “Father” in the Christian circles.
Father Berchmans still organises evangelical rallies in Tamil Nadu and other Indian states including Bihar, Punjab and Delhi. He also works abroad especially in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Canada, France, England, Germany, Netherland and Middle-eastern countries. He is now a well-known figure among Tamil Christians, and his songs are being extensively used in church worships across denominations. He still composes and releases worship songs.
Fr. Berchmans started his ministry as a Catholic Priest in Satharasanpatti near Sivaganga, Tamil Nadu in 1978. While performing his duties as a priest, he developed a longing to do something more creative. He is said to have experienced a spiritual transformation in 1983 in a meeting organised by DGS Dhinakaran, another well known Tamil evangelist. He later began organising evangelical meetings, and composing and releasing Christian worship songs, which were received well by Tamil Christians who found the “voice…new…(and) melody…different”.
A land of about 5 acres was donated to his ministries by the villagers of Kalayar Kovil near Madurai. He established his “Jebathottam Trust” in the area, which now hosts an auditorium with a seating capacity of 2000, a 24-hours prayer chamber, board and lodging facilities and a shelter for helpless women. ‘Jebathottam’ is a Tamil word meaning “Prayer-Garden”
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