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Primates of the Anglican Communion — Moderator of the Church of South India

The Most Rev. Govada Dyvasirvadam, Moderator of the Church of South Indian and Bishop in Krishna-Godavari Diocese.

Bishop Dyvasirvadam was born on 28 March 1951 in Challapalli in the Krishna District of India’s southern Andhra Pradesh stated and was the tenth child of his parents, the Rev. Govada Devamani and Sugana Sundaram. He was educated at A.V.N. College in Visakhapatnam and earned a Master of Theology degree at United Theological College in Bangalore and a Doctor of Theology degree at the South Asia Theological Research Institute in Bangalore. He went on to teach liberation theology and serve as warden at the Andhra Christian Theological College of Serampore University. In 1998 he was elected General Secretary of the Church of South India, and was subsequently reelected to two further terms of office by the church’s synod. In 2002 he was elected Bishop in Krishna-Godavari Diocese and was elected Deputy Moderator of the CSI at the 2012 meeting of synod meeting at Kanyakumari. He has been elected as the Moderator of CSI in the Synod of 2014 meeting at Vijayawada. He is married to the Rev. Dr. Ramani Dyvasirvadam, the president of the CSI’s Women’s Fellowship. In 2014 a lawsuit was filed against the bishop by the spouse of one of his clergy, who accused him of sexual harassment. The bishop has denied the charge, saying his accusers were mentally disturbed. The case is currently before the courts. As a United Church, the leader of the Church of South India is called a moderator, not archbishop, and its bishops are styled “Bishop in” rather than “Bishop of” XXX.

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