On this Fourth Sunday (July 7th 2019) in Pentecost, we have our friends in Christ – Ranganadh and Ratna – sharing the word of God.
Please find their complete bio here.
Ranganadh and Ratna are joyful servants in building Christian community through UESI for the past three decades. They were part of the fledgling EU/EGF in Andhra University during their post graduate studies in early 80s. They both shared a vocation to student and graduate/professional communities, married and opened their home to many in the Vizag region while pursuing early careers, raising children, finishing a PhD and other family responsibilities. One of their mentors in Vizag was JSA Julius with whom they participated in pioneering work and later, took ownership of the work and continued mentoring others.
During the 90s, Ranganadh who is also a gifted singer – him and a team of EU/EGF joyfully invested their time, talents and toured the state, produced cassettes such as ‘santhi sangeetham’ through UESI AP with an invitation to respond to the message everywhere they went and radically changed lives for the praise of God’s glorious grace. Rangandh took some time to be trained at London Institute by John Stott on Christian living in the modern world. He enjoys the invitation to speak on discipleship, leadership, mentoring and delivered several keynote addresses in conferences. He also served in various office positions such as AP EGF secretary, chairman of national UESI training department, etc. Dr. Ratna also served in office for various committees in the state such as staff development and also engaged in teaching Christian doctrine, organization legacy, involvement, etc. During a career stint away from Vizag in Nellore, Ratna established a new EU/EGF in the area by the grace of God and raised leaders to continue the work. Additionally, they both have accepted invitations to speak at churches of various denominations and theological training organizations but have prioritized based on their calling of student and graduate/professional community. They worked together as speaking team on doctrines and devotions for decades of DT, LT regional camps, and for expositions and special topic talks/seminars in annual conferences. Over the recent years, they are prioritizing their time to speaking invitations and mentoring opportunities on Christian family/home for graduate professionals, and students – through numerous regional family conferences, equipping leaders in teaching Christian family foundations, co-writing books, etc. Their focus is on the Biblical basis of Christian home, biblical understanding of roles in marriage, raising children, resolving conflicts, family altar, open home and involvement.
They are retired as of 2018 from their careers in Management and Education/Research respectively. Their children are all away from home – Joshua who is in Bangalore, Priyankitha in Guntur, John married to Carolyn in Houston. Ratna and Ranganadh reside in Vizag and are happy to have more time to serve as they are able with UESI in traveling even more for conferences, camps, training, talks etc, to write and contribute to book chapters, and take on additional work with church and theological training institutes.