Rev Dr. M Mani Chacko, is an ordained minister of the Church of South India and has served congregations in Bangalore, Kolkata and Chennai, apart from serving as a Priest at the Parish of John Keble Church of the Church of England, London, U.K.
Dr. Chacko is an academician among theologians. After his theological studies at the United Theological College,Bangalore, he earned his PhD in Biblical Studies from King’s College, University of London under the mentorship of Professor Ronald E Clements. Prior to his assuming the Directorship of the Ecumenical Christian Centre, Whitefield, Bangalore in 2006, he served as Principal of the Gurukul Lutheran Theological College and Research Institute, Chennai. He taught there for 16 long years from 1990 and was Professor and Head of the Department, Old Testament Studies before being appointed as Principal of the college. He also taught at Serampore College, prior to his doctoral studies.
As a Biblical scholar, he was a visiting Professor to several institutions including the Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo, Norway and the United Theological College, Paramatta, Sydney, Australia. Currently, he also serves a number of other organizations in an honorary capacity. To mention a few, he is presently a member of the Executive Board & the Association of St. Christopher’s College of Education, Chennai, Women’s Christian College, Chennai,Madras Christian College, Chennai and also Research Ethics Committee, Hindustan Unilever Limited, apart from beingan External Examiner for the University of Wales and of the University of Madras. He also served as a Chaplain of the Order of Sisters of the Church of South India.
Rev. Dr. Chacko has been published widely in several academic journals in India and abroad. He also has four books to his credit- LIBERATION AND SERVICE OF GOD; CONTEMPORARY REFLECTIONS ON THE FAITH OF OUR MOTHERS AND FATHERS, THORN TO CYPRESS AND BRIER TO MYRTLE. As an ecumenical thinker, he has addressed conferences and consultations in different forums in India and abroad.
Currently, Rev. Dr. M. Mani Chacko serves as the General Secretary of the Bible Society of India since August, 2011, the largest Bible Society among the 150 Bible Societies spread over 200 countries around the world and serves on several committees of the United Bible Societies.