About Us

Greetings to you in the wonderful name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Tabernacle Pentecostal Church in Richmond, VA was established in the year 1990 by the late Reverend Cherian Kothakeri, who was a famous Indian Christian literature writer and a minister of the gospel. His mission was to reach out to the people of the Indian community in Richmond, Virginia. Having migrated from various areas of India, there are many people in Richmond who are not able to worship the Lord in their own languages. Tabernacle Pentecostal Church offers a home church to those who have not been reached due to their cultural differences and language barriers.

At present, we have more than eighty members attending the church regularly, speaking various languages such as Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and Sinhalese. In addition to worship services in Indian languages, our ministries include Sunday school, Worship Service, Kid’s Church, Discipleship, River of Life, Prayerline, Ladies Meeting, Bible Study, Men’s Prayer, Mission & Outreach ministry and charity work. As the Indian community in Richmond is increasing day by day, more people are attending TPC.


Rev. Cherian Kothakeri

Rev. Cherian Kothakeri was born on May 28 ,1929 as the firstborn to Mr. M. C. Kurian and Mrs. Annamma Kurian at Kottayam, Kerala, India. He committed his life to Christ in May 1949 during a Sunday morning service. He took water baptism in 1950.

He was a well-known Bible scholar and senior Bible school teacher who taught Bible in depth and with clarity. He had taught at five Bible schools in India, until he migrated to the United States of America in 1983.

He was one of the pioneer workers for Pentecostal Conference of North American Keralites (PCNAK) and served as the convener for the 24th PCNAK conference held in Virginia.

He was a reputed writer as well. He had written 14 books in Malayalam language which include novels and Bible commentaries. He has received 6 different awards from many Christian organizations for his exceptional contributions to the Christian literature in Malayalam.

He was a well-known convention preacher in India as well as in the United states. He had ministered in several churches in India. In the United States he had ministered as pastor at Okalahoma and New Jersey and founded a church in Maryland. He founded the Tabernacle Pentecostal church in Richmond Virginia in 1990 and served as the senior pastor until he was taken to glory in September, 2007. Now he rests in glory.

Wife: Saramma Cherian. Children: Sam Cherian Samuels & Benny Cherian.

Former Pastor:

Pastor P. C. Skaria

Pastor P. C. Skaria was born on June 7th, 1914 at Manganam, Kottayam, Kerala, India. He was one of the pioneer workers of the Indian Pentecostal Church of God. He had ministered with renowned servants of God, namely Pastor P. M. Philip, Pastor P. K. Chacko, Pastor T. P. Varughese and Pastor V. M. Chacko at Kottayam, Kerala, India.

Pastor Skaria served the Lord and did God’s ministry in various ways. He has ministered as pastor in 13 Churches in Kerala, along with Pastor P. M. Philip for 43 years, until he migrated to the United States of America. Even at his old age, he was actively serving God as the minister at Tabernacle Pentecostal Church in Richmond, VA, U.S.A., until he was take to glory in December, 2007.

On the previous day of his departure, at the Sunday service he announced that his ministry in this world had ended and he was going to his eternal home. According to the guidance of God and with the permission of the church he entrusted his church ministry to Pastor. Sam Cherian Samuels and appointed Pastor Sam Cherian Samuels as the senior pastor of the Tabernacle Pentecostal church, who has been ministering as the Assistant Pastor till that time. Next day when he was taking rest after the breakfast, he asked his wife Aleyamma to pray for him and while she was praying, he was taken to his eternal home.

Pastor P. C. Skaria was a courageous warrior and a great man of God. He was well-known for his humility and innocence. He knew the time of his death and fought a good fight for the Lord until he breathed his last.

Wife: Aleyamma Skaria. Children: Saramma Cherian and Aleyamma Panicker.


Pastor Sam Cherian Samuels

Pastor Sam Cherian Samuels was born on February 1, 1959 as the firstborn to Rev. Cherian Kothakeri and Mrs. Saramma Cherian in Kottayam, Kerala, India. Pastor Samuels committed his life to Christ in 1964. He took water baptism in 1972 under Pastor P. M. Philip, and received the Holy Spirit in 1983.

He completed three years Bible Study course in Liberty University at Lynchburg, VA.

He has ministered the Word of God at several parts of Kerala, India. He served as the treasurer of the 24th PCNAK held in Virginia beach, Virginia in 2004. He is the convener of the Virginia state Tamil, Telugu & Malayalee Conference.

He has been serving the Lord as the Senior pastor of the Tabernacle Pentecostal Church since 2007.

Wife: Gracy Samuels. Chidren: Alan Samuels & Alena Samuels.

To contact the pastor, please email at Pastor@TPCRichmond.org