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Church of Pakistan

Church of Pakistan
Classification Protestant
Orientation Anglican, Reformed
Polity Episcopal
Moderator The Most Revd Samuel Robert Azariah
Associations Anglican Communion,
World Council of Churches,
World Communion of Reformed Churches,[1]
Christian Conference of Asia
Origin 1970 (1970)
Merge of Anglicans and other Protestants including Methodists, Presbyterians and Lutherans

The Church of Pakistan is a united church in Pakistan, which is part of the Anglican Communion and a member church of the World Communion of Reformed Churches[2] and the World Methodist Council.


  • Establishment of the church 1
  • Persecution and Pakistan Minorities' Democratic Movement 2
  • List of dioceses 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5

Establishment of the church

It was established in 1970 with a union of Anglicans, Scottish Presbyterians (Church of Scotland), United Methodists, and Lutherans. It is the only united church in the South Asia which involves the Lutheran Church. Though united, it is mainly Anglican in theology and outlook, since from the beginning Anglicans formed the bulk of the 800,000 strong membership and most of the important sees.

The church has two theological seminaries: the Gujranwala Theological Seminary and the St Thomas' Theological College, Karachi.

Persecution and Pakistan Minorities' Democratic Movement

Despite the presence of this official body, Christians in Pakistan have been the victims of significant persecution because of their religion on a local level in the 20th century. Its most internationally famous clergyman, Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, formerly diocesan bishop of Raiwind in West Punjab, was given sanctuary by Robert Runcie, the then-Archbishop of Canterbury when his life was imperilled; he then taught at Oxford and served as Bishop of Rochester, England.

The churches in Pakistan show great leadership not only regarding religious and spiritual needs but also in the social and economic needs of the people. The social organizations like Harmony Foundation and others have always stood firm for the rights and issues of the religious minorities especially Christians in Pakistan. Pakistan Minorities' Democratic Movement, a human rights and advocacy organization, under the leadership of Atif Jamil Pagaan provide political platform to the minorities in the country. The church leadership and social leadership support the efforts of Pakistan Minorities' Democratic Movement and the visionary leadership of Atif Jamil Pagaan. Harmony Foundation and Pakistan Minorities' Democratic Movement are two very prominent organizations in Pakistan.

List of dioceses

See also


  • Linda Greene, World Methodist Council. Handbook of Information 2002-2006, Biltmore Press, Asheville (NC) 2002
  • The Anglican Communion Official Website:
  1. ^ Database (undated). "Member Churches". World Communion of Reformed Churches. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
  2. ^ a b Database (9 February 2006). "Sialkot Diocese of the Church of Pakistan". Reformed Online. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
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