Rev. John P. Robinson
Rev. John P. Robinson - Associate Vicar.
The new vicar of ours is the byproduct of the recent elections for the Madhya Kerala Diocesan executive offices. We received Rev. John P. Robinson who was the Pastoral Secretary ‘par de exchange’ – in return for Rev. Oommen George who got elected to the post. But Rev. OG since he was tied up in the new property purchasing business for Ascension church couldn’t be taken out, at least for now and Rev. Robinson being one of the very senior pastors of the CSI Madhya Kerala Diocese couldn’t be a second vicar took charge here as Associate, the first one of such status in the history of the Ascension church. He had also served in about 10 churches prior to this in his clergy career.
Mr. C. J. John (Ex-Tea maker of the ‘Love Tree’ plantations) of Chakkupurakkal family of Ponkunnam and his wife Rachael parented this once young boy into a full-fledged, dedicated, lover of Christ and into an honored Pastor. He procured his BA for Mar Athanasius college, Kothamangalam and BD from Kannammoola Theological Seminary. He has another Diploma in Religious Studies from Birmingham University, UK. He was BDO (Block Development Officer) at the Kozha farm for 17 years before joining the clergy. Soft spoken, he is a jolly good but serious fellow, highly respected by laymen and colleagues.
His wife Laila is the third of the six daughters of Mrs. Saramma and Mr. K. Paul of the Kalathinkal family from Aluva. Smart all-rounder she is the 1st rank holder in M.P.Ed. She retired from active service as Physical Director from CMS College High School, Kottayam, with the rank of Sub Inspector of Student cadets. They have two sons Jove (MSW) and Jeeve (B.Tech) and a beautiful pet dog which is always at the pastor’s heels at the parsonage. Well…, this shepherd is the new Associate Vicar of the Ascension church.