Roy, Surendra N. (1928-1985)
Surendra N. Roy was the second child and eldest son in a family of eight children. His father, Rev. Samuel Roy, was employed, first as a "Bible teacher" (lay evangelist) and later as a pastor, by the Brethren in Christ Church, India.
Surendra received his theological training at the Allahabad Bible Seminary. In 1950 he returned to serve the Brethren in Christ Church, located in Bihar State. During his 35 years of ministry, Roy was involved in all levels of Christian service. For many years, he provided leadership for the Brethren in Christ Church Society of India, frequently alternating between the positions of chairman and treasurer. At the same time, he served as the regional superintendent of the Saharsa District, helped to develop and manage Jiwan Jyoti (Light of Life Bookstore) and was long-term pastor of the Saharsa congregation. Roy had a unique ministry to upper-class Hindus. He moved with ease among local government officials and was respected by the secular and business leaders of Saharsa.
Roy filled a vital role in the transitional period, 1955-1975, when the Indian church assumed responsibility for what had been a North American mission program. He also enjoyed broader church life, involving himself in such groups as the Evangelical Fellowship of India, the Mennonite Christian Service Fellowship of India, and the Evangelical Trust Association of North India. His wife, Dorothy Mary, served during many of these years as the headmistress of the local mission (church) school. They were the parents of five children.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, p. 778. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
©1996-2013 by the Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. All rights reserved.
MLA style: Sider, Harvey R. "Roy, Surendra N. (1928-1985)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1989. Web. 20 June 2013. http://www.gameo.org/encyclopedia/contents/R73.html.
APA style: Sider, Harvey R. (1989). Roy, Surendra N. (1928-1985). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 20 June 2013, from http://www.gameo.org/encyclopedia/contents/R73.html.