Dr. Chris Gnanakan, BA, M.Div, M.Th, D.Min, Ph.d, D.D. image (1)

Executive Director of Outreach To Asia Nationals. OTAN serves in over ten countries in Asia where traditional missions is restricted by assisting, equipping, and empowering national, pastoral leaders to fulfill the Great Commission.

Chris is doing what most others Don’t (discipling nationals leaders for Church Planting movements), Won’t (targeting least/unreached People Groups) and Can’t (mobilizing missions within closed, restricted, and limited access countries).

Permanent Address:

7A Asheervad Colony, 4th A Main, Horamavu Road Cross, Banaswadi, Bangalore – 560043, INDIA

Email: director@otaninfo.org
Phone: (+91) 9900154568
Personal Web Page: http://www.chrisgnanakan.com


  • D.D. Mission Theology and Church Leadership from Trinity Baptist College, Jacksonville, Florida
  • Ph.D Theology and Religious Studies from University of Leeds, UK
  • D.Min Pastoral Theology and Missiology from South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies, Bangalore, India
  • M.Th Pastoral Theology and Counseling from South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies, Bangalore, India
  • M.Div Practical Theology from Asia Graduate School of Theology, ATA, Bangalore, India
  • BA Bible & Christian Ministries (Valedictorian, Class President) from Tennessee Temple University, Chattanooga, TN
  • Diploma in Biblical Studies from Word of Life Bible Institute, NY
  • Diploma in Electrical Vocational Trades from Motor Industries Company, Bangalore, India
  • “Alumnus of the Year Award, 2015” from South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies, Bangalore, India

Publications Samples & Conference Presentations

  • Charismata and Compassion, Lambert Academic Press, Saarbrucken, Germany, 2012
  • Angels and Demons, “Wounded Warrior-Healer”, Illinois, Apollos/IVP, 2007
  • South Asia Biblical Commentary, “First & Second Peter”, Langham Press, forthcoming
  • “A Theology of Suffering” Indian Missions Journal, October, 2002 (p.19-23)
  • Book Review: Thomas C. Fox’s Pentecost in Asia: A New Way of Being the Church, Pneuma, 25/2, 2003, (p.314-16)
  • “A Critique of the Prosperity Gospel in South India”, Wealth and Poverty Issue, SHAP Journal for World Religions in Education, London, June 2004 (p.99-100)
  • “Pastoral and Community Care to HIV/AIDS Affected” TIBS Journal, Bangalore, India 9/2, 2007 (p.55-68)

Membership & Affiliations

  • Executive director of Outreach to Asia Nationals (OTAN), Winchester, VA
  • Global Alliance for Church Multiplication (GACM)
  • World Evangelical Association (WEA)
  • Dynamic Church Planting International (DCPI)
  • Missio Nexus Board: 15:20 Coalition


Church Planter, Ordained Minister (Revd.), Pastor-Teacher, Missional Leader: 
  • Fellowship Bible Church, Castleton, VT USA (CP, Founder) 1986-1987
  • Banaswadi Bible (Emmanuel) Church, Bangalore, India (CP, Founder) 1991-1997
  • The Dean of Chapel (Campus Pastor, South Asia Institute, Bangalore) 1997-2008
  • South Parade Baptist Church, Leeds, UK (Pastor-Teacher, Cragg Hill) 2002-2006
  • Bangor Baptist, Maine; Capital Baptist, Annandale, VA (Mission pastor) 2009-present
Lecturer-Professor: Pastoral-Theological & Biblical-Missional Studies:
  • Professor and Chair/Head of Pastoral Theology & Counseling at South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies (SAIACS, Bangalore) 1995-2008
  • International Faculty & Professor, Biblical Mandate for Evangelism at Haggai Institute for Leadership Development, Maui, USA; Singapore 1999-2008
  • Consultant, Academic Presenter on “Faith, Healing & Reconciliation” at Commission for World Mission & Evangelism: Africa, South America, Europe, Asia and North America 2000-2010
  • Visiting Professor for Clinical Pastoral Education at Bangalore Baptist Hospital, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India 2003-2008
  • Teaching Assistant (TA) to Professor Nigel Biggar, Theology and Ethics at University of Leeds, Leeds, UK 2004-2006
  • Visiting Tutor/Professor for Religions, Worldviews and Globalization, Spurgeon’s College, London, UK 2004-2006
  • Adjunct Faculty, Biblical-Mission Studies; Evangelism, Mission & Martyrdom at Grace Evangelical College & Seminary, Bangor, ME 2010-present
  • International Faculty, certified “Master Trainer”, Course Writer at Dynamic Church Planting International, DCPI, Oceanside, CA 2010-present
  • Visiting Faculty, NT Studies (1Peter;Book of Acts; Missions) at Word of Life Bible Institute, NY, FL (Alumnus of Year 2013) 2011-present
  • Visiting Faculty, Biblical-Missional Studies (Suffering & Mission, 1Peter, Acts) at Trinity Baptist College, FL; Doctor of Divinity, conferred May, 2014 2012-present
  • Professor of Biblical and Theological and Global Studies at Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA 2014-present