Rev. Dr. A.K. Lama, General Secretary of the Council of Baptist Churches of North East India (CBCNEI)
Rev. Dr. A.K. Lama
Bible study leader during "The Call Retreat" May 18 - 20
Dr. Lama is the General Secretary of the Council of Baptist Churches of Northeast India (CBCNEI), a family of 7000 Baptist Churches in India. He is also a member of the BWA Commission on Theological Education and Leadership Development, an Executive Member of National Council of Churches in India (NCCI) and the Churches Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA).
He is born and raised in a Tibetan Buddhist family. While he was studying veterinary science, he came in contact with some Christian students whose sincere love and witness attracted him to study the Bible. He writes, “For two years I continued to join their Bible study. Gradually, the Word of God and their godly lifestyle began to convict me of my sin. After about a year, I had begun to understand how Jesus was indeed the only true Savior and God, but it was still very difficult for me to embrace Christianity. My fear of persecution and the cost of discipleship postponed my decision for Christ. In my state (Arunachal Pradesh in northeast India), Christianity is forbidden religion. Persuading anyone for conversion, or getting converted to Christianity without the approval of the government is punishable under law. But finally, on October 24, 1983, in an evening fellowship meeting, the Spirit of God convicted me. I felt the awesome presence of God, and I stood up with tears in my eyes. There was no more fear, but only a desire to follow Jesus Christ for the rest of my life. That evening I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior.
After graduation in 1984, he served the Government as a Veterinary Assistant Surgeon for five and half years. During which he underwent sever persecution, but the Lord used him to pioneer two Evangelical ministries in the state of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. Through these ministries, he sensed the calling of the Lord for full time. In 1990, he and his wife Dr. Asangla, a medical doctor, resigned from the Government job and joined full time as a campus minister with the Union of Evangelical Students of India, a counter part of InterVarsity ministry in India.
Dr. Lama earned a Master of Divinity in 1996, a Doctor of Ministry in 2002 from Samford University (Birmingham, AL), and a Doctor of Philosophy in the Old Testament from Trinity International University (Deerfield, IL) in 2007. He and his wife Dr. Asangla has been in the ministry for 22 years. They are blessed with three children, Sonam, Neema, and Joshua.