City Harvest AG Church, Bangalore; began in 2003. Shine Thomas is the founder and senior pastor of City Harvest Assembly of God Church.
Testimony of Pastor Shine Thomas
“I, Shine Thomas, was born in a very orthodox Christian family in Kerala. My grandfather was in the business of making church bells and temple lamps. We used to supply these items all over Kerala and other parts of South India. My father was a central government employee with a transferable job. Being born in such a background, money and status were always with us. There was no need to search for God. Life continued and I started growing in this family. Many times we rejected God’s people and spoke against them, belittling them.
In 1980, Pastor Shine Thomas’s father, Pr. P. G. Thomas was posted in Thiruvanthapuram, Kerala. Pr. Shine Thomas says, “My mother was suffering from a terminal illness and we found no cure from medical science. Finally, someone directed us to a church, where Sis. Mary Kovoor and her husband who ministered in Thiruvalla, Kerala. As Sis. Mary Kovoor prayed, my mother was healed form her illness. My parents gave their lives for the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Salvation of Pastor Shine Thomas
I started going to church ever since, however, my transformation came in Calcutta. In the year 1985, we went to Calcutta as part of my father’s job and we were part of the Buntain Memorial Assemblies of God Church. In May 1987, I attended a VBS in the same church. Pastor Mark Buntain was the final day speaker and when he gave the altar call, I accepted Jesus Christ as my saviour. In June 1987 ,I obeyed the Lord in water baptism and God filled me with his Holy Spirit with the evidence of talking in tongues, vision, and prophesy and I started rooting myself in Christ.
Pioneering of City Harvest AG Church, Bangalore
I got married to Glory Shine in September 2000. God blessed us with two children, Samuel Shine and Grace Ann Shine. We moved to HBR Layout i.e., Hennur Depot, Bangalore in the year 2003. In 2003, we and started a small prayer at our home with just my wife and my son, Samuel 7 months of age. God gave us a slow increase and by 2004 October we started City Harvest AG Church as a morning service in English with just 20 people.
Now, both my wife, Glory and I have left our corporate jobs and are in full-time ministry from 2009. Over the years God has blessed and increased our attendance and membership, and presently we have Sunday services in 6 different languages. City Harvest AG Church, Bangalore has an outstation in Bagalur, Bangalore with Sunday Worship services in Kannada at Bagalur.”
Rev. Shine Thomas is also serving as the Presbyter of the Central District of South India Assemblies of God, India.
Spouse: Glory Shine.
Children: Samuel Shine & Grace Ann Shine.
Rev. Shine Thomas
City Harvest AG Church, Bangalore