Pastoral HistoryMember: Hope UMC
UM member since 1993
Relevant Leadership Roles: Director of Technology - Hope UMC, President of ISU Wesley Foundation Board of Directors
Experience: Founding member of Hope UMC - new church start Bloomington reaching millennials
Gifts and Passions: Bass Player in multiple worship bands; passionate concerning reaching young adults; concerned with social and racial justice issues;
Personal Statement: I was born in Chicago Illinois in 1979 as the oldest son of two recently immigrated doctors from India. My father’s family had been members of the Methodist church in India. My mother’s family is Hindu, yet my parents met in a Christian Medical College in Vellore, India. After graduation they spent time as medical missionaries before coming to the US. I was raised in the Methodist Church; however, before completing confirmation I chose to read the complete Bible and Bhagavad-Gita (Hindu holy book) to ensure I was making an informed decision concerning my faith. Once leaving home I didn’t attend church for some years while a young adult and then returned to the church ten years ago at age 25. Since that time I have been passionate about finding ways to help young adults, including college students, connect with their faith, as well as, helping the Methodist church reach young adults in a method that is relevant to their generation.