Philadelphia Church is built on the Word of God by faith. We are located in Villivakkam, Chennai. This was the first full gospel church in the area. In 1978, Pastor Amos Charles started a house prayer, with one family. He saw an increasing need for fellowship and the Word of God in the area. Many people were eagerly waiting for someone to come to their homes for prayer and teaching of the Word. During this time Pastor Amos Charles was serving God in Full Gospel Church of God India, as a Director of Education. .He felt the call of God in his life to shepherd people who were without a shepherd. God opened doors to start a small church, when a family offered to open their terrace to have our Sunday worship.
In May 1979, the house prayer evolved to become a church. After few months an open air gospel meeting was held, where many people surrendered their lives to Jesus. Very soon, we ran out of space on the terrace of the house. God miraculously opened doors and through a member of our church at that time, provided us with a piece of land.
There we again built a thatched structure to worship God.
From this time on, God lead the church through various paths. Slowly people started to come to church and accept Jesus Christ. We worked hard to reach the locality with the Gospel of Jesus. In spite of many, many hardships and oppositions, God was faithful. The stronghold of this locality is idol worship and spirit of alcoholism. God used us to restore numerous families from such addicting and demonic strongholds.
Church grew from one family to about one hundred people. So we enlarged our thatched roof shed.God was ever faithful in each step we took. The church was a lighthouse in the locality, transforming many families with the good news of Jesus. Currently, the church has grown to more than five hundred in attendance every Sunday.
The church did not just grow where it was, but we took the Great commission more seriously and reached the surrounding villages with the Gospel. The church has raised more than twenty families that are involved in serving God and has branched out to build churches and ministries in different part of the states and beyond.
The church started in a house terrace, and relocated to the present place. We are currently located in a place called M.T.H Road, Villivakkam, Chennai. Villivakkam is a developing area in Chennai; our church is located close to the ICF (Integral Coach Factory) Road junction, right behind a building called Mohana orthopedics (Factory for artificial limbs and stands).