Serving Him all the Times
Chilkuri Vasantha Rao was born in a devout Christian family of Chilkuri Samuel and Vajiramma at Secunderabad on 22nd December 1962. He did his schooling at St. Patrick’s High School, Secunderabad, and later Andhra Vidhyalaya College, Hyderabad. Then he joined Osmania University for Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) degree course at Nizams College, Hyderabad and successfully graduated in 1983 Raowith flying colours. Being a child, he was active in the Sunday school and later Youth ministry of the Church, and felt God’s call for ministry even as a child. After graduation, Vasanth decided to respond to the call of the Master and determined to pursue pastoral ministry. He was admitted as a ministerial candidate in the Diocese of Medak of the Church of South India and posted at Tonigandla Village under the Ramayampet Pastorate under the supervision of Rev B. C. Devavaram. During the academic year 1984-1985, Vasantha Rao was sent to the United Theological College, Bengaluru for Bachelor Divinity Course (B.D.). In 1988, he obtained a B. D. with Senators Prize for Autonomous Colleges under the Senate of Serampore College (University) for the highest proficiency in the B. D. examinations. As partial fulfillment of the B.D. Course, he wrote a thesis entitled “A phenomenological study of the role of Edu-Payala Jathara in the religious life of its participants and its impact on the Christhu-Punaruddhana Jathara of Medak Diocese of Church of South India” under the supervision of Rev. Dr. Eric J. Lott. He exhibited brilliant academic excellence and passed in the first division and was awarded the following college prizes: Meyer’s Prize for Preliminary Hebrew–II; Stanton Marris New Testament Greek Prize for the I & II Year Greek Subjects–II; J. Klimkeit Prize for Sanskrit; Annual Scripture Knowledge Prize–III; Harry Holiday Newham Prize for Christian Theology; Sam Tucker Prize for Christian Theology and Ethics; Mrs. Asha Hivaulay Prize for Church History–II; Rev. J. P. Ambalavanar Prize for History of Religions–I; Dr. M. J. Dirks Memorial Prize for Homiletics (Workshop); Rev. & Mrs. K. J. Chacko Prize for Pastoralia & Practical Work–I; Kurien Memorial Prize for the Best Essay on Pastoral Ministry (Seminar on Christian Ministry); Chapel Prize for the Order of Worship; Dr. A. H. Oussoren Prize for Practical Work and B.D. Inter-Disciplinary Colloquium–II; and Dr. M. J. Dirks Memorial Prize for Communication (Folk Communication).