Twenty years before till now
Our Founding Missionaries
Dr. Solomon S. Saripalli
“For Jacob my servant's sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me.”
By these verses, Isaiah 45:1-5, Dr. Solomon Surya Rao Saripalli, in the year 1970, was called to full time service. On June 1st, 1979, after graduating from independent Baptist College, Dallas, Texas; he was ordained from East Side Baptist Church, Vernon, Texas. His heart was always towards India not only because the nation was closed to foreign missionaries but also because he had a great burden for his countrymen. In the year 1980, Philadelphia Baptist Mission was established with the aim to win India for Christ. His elder son, Rufus Saripalli, who was called to full time ministry in the year 1987, has been a co – labourer with his father. Through the outreach ministries of the mission, many villages and towns have received the gospel. 12 churches have been established over the years. Since the Telugu people do not have the right Bible (KING JAMES VERSION,) the mission is involved in the enormous task of translating the Word of God into Telugu.
As the director of the mission, his current focus is on winning souls, establishing more churches, teaching what the Bible says at B.I.B.L.E. college (Baptist Institute of Biblical Learning and Education,) translating the English King James Version to Telugu, among many others.
“Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.” John 15:16
Bro. Rufus Saripalli
Rufus Saripalli was saved in the year 1975 and baptized in 1977. He was called to full-time service in the year, 1987. He married Esther Aparanji in the same year, and was blest with three girls: Melony, Judy, Candy. He joined the ministry along with his father, Dr. Solomon Surya Rao Saripalli. His ministry focus is to stablish and equip the already established mission churches and also to help these in going forward to make new missions. He is overseeing the project of the translation of the King James Version Bible into the Telugu language. He is mostly involved in this work to see it finish by 2017. Rufus Saripalli is known to have been a man who endured great trials and temptations. Despite Satan’s attacks, he has proved himself to be a man of great patience and faith.