Ezhamkulam Chacko Samkutty was born in June 1949–his parents N. Mathai Chacko (1918-1992) and Chinnamma Airookuzhiyil, Ezhamkulam (1923-2010).
Samkutty’s father belonged to the Nallamannil Vayalil family at Kamukumchery village. The first known genealogical patriarch of the family was Mr. Thomman K. Varkey who settled in Kamukumchery in 1850. This village is ten kilometers from Punalur.
This family later bought land and paddy fields at Piravanthur which is very close to Kamukumchery. Thomman K. Varkey’s son Cheriyan K. Varkey settled in the Piravanthur property during the final years of his life.
N. Mathai Chacko’s great great grandfather Thomman K. Varkey (1825-1905) started his career as a police “nayik.” He was later promoted to the position of a forest officer in charge of the western regions of Sahiya Mountain Ranges bordering the village of Edamon.
Mr. Thomman K. Varkey bought land and paddy fields in the Edamon area also. This property was given to Samkutty’s grandfather Nallamannil Kunjachen Mathai (P. K. Mathai). This was the reason that Samkutty’s grandfather Mathai settled in the village of Edamon ten kilometers east of Punalur. Because it was at the edge of Sahiya Mountain Ranges, in Samkutty’s childhood days, elephants used to visit his grandfather’s farm and destroy as well as consume hundreds of banana trees. The villagers would make noise by beating on large kerosene oil cans which used to scare the elephants away.
One time, N.M. Chacko’s younger brother P.M. Joseph (Baby) was chased by a furious elephant. He narrowly escaped death by climbing on a tree at the speed of a squirrel. The elephant began to circle the tree and twist and shake the branches. P. M. Joseph, sitting on the tree, shot at the elephant. The elephant, hearing the shotgun, withdrew and ran away in fear.
Joseph, a chain smoker, became very fearful when the elephant began to circle and shake the tree. This made him scream and confess his bad habits to the Lord promising that he would never smoke again. He also pledged that he would break away from all his bad friends. This was an instant conversion not much different from the conversion of Zacchaeus in the Bible who got saved on his way down from a tree.
Thomman K. Varkey, a Catholic, originally moved to Kamukumchery area from the Kurizumoottil family (Changanasery). Most male members of Kurizumoottil family were police officers, guardsmen, and personal bodyguards who camped around the palace of the King of Changanasery. They were brought from Catholic families in North Kerala to guard the palace and its vicinity.
There is an interesting love-story behind Thomman K. Varkey’s unexpected settlement in Kamukumchery, Punalur.
Back at Changanachery, Thomman secretly fell in love with a Brahmin lady in his neighborhood in 1848. She was the daughter of a palace guardsman or police officer. The news of their plan to get married was met with great hostility from the Catholic and Hindu communities. The couple’s life was in great emotional and physical danger including death threats. Neither the Christian priests nor the Hindu community would conduct their wedding. Both “inter-faith” and “inter-caste” marriages were unheard of during that time.
Thomman K. Varkey and his darling girlfriend were lucky to find a Mar Thoma priest named Vicar Aaviot Achen (Kottarakkara) who agreed to conduct the wedding. This golden opportunity was the reason behind their moving to Kottarakkara which is twelve kilometers from Punalur– close to sixty kilometers from Changanasery.
In 1849, Thomman and his girlfriend traveled to Kottarakkara in an extra-large bullock cart with a few police officers and guardsmen and soldiers who were on their way to the palace of the King of Trivandrum. They dropped off Thomman and his darling girlfriend at the parsonage of Rev. Aaviot Achen.
Before Vicar Aaviot Achen conducted the wedding at Kottarakkara in 1849, they were asked to pledge that they would accept the doctrines of the Mar Thoma Church. The newly-wed couple temporarily stayed with Rev. Aaviot Achen’s family for a few months––later(1850) bought a coconut plantation at the banks of the Kallada River at Kamukumchery village and shifted his residence to the same village. Kamukumchery is approximately ten kilometers from Punalur town.
The couple fulfilled their pledge made to Aaviot Achen by becoming members of the Mar Thoma Church in later years. Thomman’s son Cherian K. Varkey and Thomman’s grandson Nallamannil Cherian Kunjachan’s siblings were instrumental in the founding of many Mar Thoma Churches in Punalur area including the Elikattoor Mar Thoma Church and Piravanthoor Mar Thoma Church.
Pandakasalayil K. Kurikesu, one of the main founders of Piravanthur Mar Thoma church, was the husband of Thomman K. Varkey’s granddaughter N. C. Annamma.
Unfortunately, Thomman K. Varkey and his darling wife never visited their homes in Changanasery again, fearing physical harm from both the Hindu and Christian communities.
Thomman’s wife’s Brahmin parents had threatened that they would murder her for betraying their faith and culture. Another reason for not visiting their old parental homes was the distance involved. Changanachery was about seventy kilometers from Kamukumchery––three to four days of journey in a bullock cart. The present M.C. Road was only a narrow path with miles and miles of mud, gravels, and slimy ditches.
This marriage reminds one of the marriage between Abraham’s son Isaac and Bethuel’s daughter Rebekah in the Bible (Genesis 24). Bethuel sent his daughter Rebekah through the mediator Eliazar to Isaac’s house hundreds of miles away. Bethuel and his wife knew that they would never see their sweet daughter again.
Dr. Samkutty traced the family roots of his father with twenty years of research. Finally, two officials of the “Changanasery Kurizummootil Family Association” attended the “Nallamannil Vayalil Family Association Reunion” held at Punalur on December 26, 2010. This was the first meeting of the two families after Thomman K. Varkey eloped with his darling girlfriend to Kottarakkara in 1849.
Samkutty so far traced 640 separate homes in his father’s family with more than six thousand overseas phone calls. Most families at present belong to Jacobite, Orthodox, Marthomite, and Catholic faith. His aim is to propagate the full-gospel message to these families—many still steeped in superstitions such as saint-worship and shrine adoration.
Up to age three, E.C. Samkutty was brought up in their heritage home– Vayalil Pulimootil House, Edamon, Punalur. His father’s elder brother Mr. M. Kunchandy Edamon (1915-1976) was one of the pioneer managing publishers of GOSPEL ECHOES (Suvizesha Dwoni, presently Sivizesha Nadam), the first official magazine of the Full Gospel Church of God in India.
In 1952, Samkutty’s parents moved to the village of Kalleth (Kilikkod), Ezhamkulam Panchayat, thirteen kilometers southeast of the city of Adur. Samkutty was only three years old when they moved to Ezhamkulam. His father built a new house there in February 1952 and named it “BETHEL HOUSE” which in Hebrew language means “The House of God.”
The house was designed for a church also. It had a large hall on the southside which can seat 70 people. There was also a built-in Blackboard on the east wall of the room. This was meant to be used for Sunday School students.
His father N. M. Chacko, a farmer and businessman (Rubber Dealer), started a prayer meeting in their house in August 1952 with only three people in attendance. In the same year, this tiny prayer group joined the Church of God (Full Gospel, state headquarters Mulakkuzha, world headquarters Cleveland, Tennessee, USA). This was the first Pentecostal church in that area. This area included several smaller villages such as Chayalod, Chelikkuzhi, Kunnida, Kaithapparamb, Kilikkod, Kaniyamkandam, Thevottu Bhagam etc. There were no Pentecostal churches in any of these villages—except in Mangadu and in Kizhakkupuram.
Now there are at least fifteen churches in this area. At present there are thirty-seven ministers (evangelists, prophets, pastors) who have come out of this church within 65 years—serving the Lord in all continents.
The church held all its worship and revival meetings at N.M. Chacko’s house until 1958 when the Full Gospel Church of God financed a new official church building for the local congregation—the local church officially named “Ezhamkulam Full Gospel Church of God.”
By 1958, the church had gained eighteen families. His father and mother attended the same church until they passed away to their eternal reward in 1992 and 2010 respectively.
From 1952-58, it was a mixed-caste congregation–ten Syrian Christian families and eight families belonging to the Dalit caste.
Samkutty’s father and mother were the first family in the village of Kalleth who received Dalits with open hearts in their home, loving them, fellowshipping with them, welcoming them, hosting them, conducting cottage meetings in their homes, casually visiting and eating refreshments in their homes.
His father appointed Dalit elders to lead songs and deliver Sunday sermons and exhortations regularly. The church secretary and treasurer was a Dalit unmarried elder named Peon Mathai Cheruvallimoola. Regular communion and feet-washing services were held in this “mixed-caste” church.
Sometimes, Fasting & Prayer services lasted up to midnight––attended by Dalit believers from remote villages. They felt the freedom to spend the nights in Bethel House. They were hosted by Samkutty’s parents, and they left only in the mornings.
The Dalit families were the backbone of Ezhamkulam Church of God and were the most dynamic and sincere in their style of worship. Some Dalit believers were highly talented vocalists who also were proficient in instrumental music. Even though they were financially-struggling daily wage-earners, they all contributed liberally towards all fund-collections related to the local church and the district conventions.
Samkutty is an eye-witness of the revolutionary changes that can happen when the Holy Spirit breaks down all walls raised by the horrible caste system in India.
For the first seven years, Samkutty’s mother hosted and also cooked for all visiting pastors, evangelists, revivalists, and prophets who visited the church unannounced—many times with no invitations. There was no telephone (or electric connections) in the village to inform. The nearest post office was 4 kilometers away at Parakkod.
Coming back to E.C. Samkutty’s personal bio, Samkutty has taught college-level English literature full time since 1978 in Mississippi and Louisiana, presently teaching at Southern University, a medium-sized state-owned university with 7000 students at the same campus, located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States of America.
He received his B.A. in English literature from Kerala University (Catholicate College, Pathanamthitta, 1970), a second B.A. degree in American Literature from University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (1972), M.A. in English Literature from Arkansas State University (Jonesboro, 1973), and Ph.D. in British Renaissance Literature from University of Louisiana at Lafayette (1978)— formerly known as The University of Southwestern Louisiana (USL), with a student population of 15,000 students on the same campus in 1978.
One of the faculty members at USL in 1978 was Professor Ernest J. Gaines who was one of the novelists nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2004. Samkutty’s chief dissertation guide was Dr. Albert W. Fields(1927-2008), who served as the Chief Editor of one of the most scholarly literary journals in the world called THE JOURNAL OF EXPLORATIONS IN RENAISSANCE CULTURE.
Samkutty’s historical novel PALAM THETTIYA THEEVANDI (The Derailed Train), first published in 1983, has reached fourteen editions with a total of 130,000 copies in 2016. Another book BHAYAPPEDENDA (Fear Not) has reached 125,000 copies. A third book MANUSHYARE MADHYASTHARAAKARUTHE (No No to Human Mediators) has reached approximately 125,000 copies. His booklets, pamphlets, and tracts altogether have reached a total of almost one million copies. He has never accepted any royalties for any of his books. Since 2007, a large number of books are distributed free of charges, using part of his and his wife’s salaries. Before 1992, some American-Malayalees had partially supported the printing costs of his books.
For the last ten years (since 2007) all proceeds from books sold in Deepthi Publications (Maruppacha, Thiruvalla) and other bookstores were given to the same bookshops as donations.
Professor Samkutty served as a weekend evangelist in the 1980s and 1990s traveling on weekends and on holidays to preach in Keralite (East Indian) churches in America, Canada, and the Middle East. In recent years (after 2001) he has settled down from his travels to focus on his writing and book distribution ministry. At present, he speaks only occasionally on weekends for conventions, but not on a regular basis. His desire at present is to stay away from the pulpit and serve people through his writing and book distribution ministry which he thinks is the purpose for which God had called him at a very young age. Samkutty had invitations from several Malayalam television stations to preach free of any charges, but he has decided to stay focused on his book and net ministries–which he thinks is his calling in life.
Dr. Samkutty, beginning in 1971, has published articles and short stories in MALAYALA MANORAMA DAILY (India’s largest regional language newspaper) and in various Christian and secular periodicals in India and abroad. His articles have also appeared in internationally recognized scholarly journals published in America. His teaching specialties are British Literature, World Literature, and African-American Literature. He also teaches college-level courses in Composition (Expository and Fictional Writings).
In 1995, his novel PALAM THETA THEEVANDI received the BEST NOVEL AWARD given by World Malayalee Association (New Jersey Conference). His short story “Surat” was selected for the first prize out of more than one hundred stories submitted for the “KERALA EXPRESS WEEKLY” Short Story Competition held in 1996, the selection committee chaired by Professor K.M. Tharakan, former editor of Malayala Manorama Weekly and former president of Kerala Literature Academy.
Other awards received by Samkutty: Pentecostal Press Association Award for the Best English Article (1993), Kerala Christhava Academy Mahakavi K.V. Simon Award (2002), Pentecostal Press Association Best Malayalam Article Award (1996), North American Pentecostal Writers Forum Distinguished Writer Award (2003). In 1996, Dr. Samkutty, Bishop K.P. Yohanan, and Mr. J.V. Peter were honored by Sarga Samithi (Creative Literature Academy, Thiruvalla) for their valuable contributions in the literary, communications, and devotional music fields.
Samkutty has composed twenty-five devotional songs, some in English but most of them in Malayalam, many of them available in CDs. Two of his devotional songs were published in the 1980s in the world-famous Maramon Convention Song Book.
Most notable of his productions is a one-hour lecture in the Malayalam language titled ”Bharya-Barthru Bandham” (HUSBAND-WIFE RELATIONSHIP) in which Evangelist Samkutty underlines the basic principles of a happy family, suggesting ways to prevent or solve domestic conflicts. Multiple thousands have visited a dozen websites that have uploaded this lecture on family life, and a large number of divorced and separated couples have been reunited after hearing this lecture, causing them to reignite their “first love.” Thousands of already-happy-couples have experienced their “love flame” revived upon hearing this lecture, according to letters received from people in every continent.
Though Samkutty is a fundamentalist and conservative in his faith, his conventions are attended by people of various religious and denominational backgrounds. He preaches and writes with love in his heart towards all people, regardless of racial, religious, and denominational differences. He respects and propagates the moral ideas of thinkers from all religions without sacrificing the basic tenets of his own belief system.
In 2013, Samkutty has started an Email Ministry through which ideas of encouragement, counsel, spiritual comfort, exhortations, reproof, and constructive criticisms are communicated to multiple thousands of people worldwide. At present, he is reaching close to 20,000 email IDs, most of them Malayalam-speaking Keralites.
He is a Facebook account-holder beginning May 2016. The number of people who click on his Facebook accounts have steadily multiplied just in a few months. By December of 2016, the number of people visiting his wall on a given time-period has reached 109,000 people, mostly Keralites. Just one single account (“E C Samkutty) has attracted up to 48,000 by November 2016–such a success achieved within just seven months. Thanks to the Lord God Jehovah who have mercifully granted this success.
In recent years, Professor Samkutty has begun to consider himself as a humble watchman, alerting people concerning apostasy in the religious world. He believes that one of his life's missions is to blow the trumpet in order to warn people of immoral trends overtaking the modern society. He fearlessly raises his voice when he notices "abominations in holy places." Propagating moral ideas, along with enlightening people, continues to be his main mission and major focus in life––serving as a watchman a secondary task.
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Samkutty’s success in this field has made some people very jealous. Some have meddled with his Facebook Account which has caused the temporary suspension of his “posting” privileges three different times in January 2017. Thank the Lord, each time the Facebook Company was kind enough to reactivate posting privileges.
Some are agitated by Samkutty’s commentaries, critical reviews, and articles that raise questions against false prophets, slandering writers, disrespectful bully columnists, rowdy tabloid owners, illicit sex-depicting authors, and irresponsible believers who cause abomination in holy places.
Satan’s agents may never stop their wickedness and bullyish behavior.
IN CASE ANY SUCH MEDDLING HAPPENS AGAIN IN FUTURE ON MY FACEBOOK PAGES, PLEASE SEARCH FOR MY ARTICLES AND COMMENTS IN THE WEBSITE ADDRESSES GIVEN IN THE PREVIOUS PARAGRAPH.
FROM NOW ONWARDS, WHATEVER I POST AS COMMENTS, ARTICLES, RESPONSES TO OTHER PEOPLE’S COMMENTS, REFUTATIONS, AND CRITIQUES WILL BE UPLOADED(Posted) SIMULTANEOUSLY ON ALL MY WEBSITES. MY FRIENDS AND VISITORS WILL NOT BE AFFECTED BY ANY UNFORESEEN INTERRUPTIONS WITH MY FACEBOOK ACCOUNTS CAUSED BY JEALOUS ENEMIES. WE ALL KNOW THAT THERE ARE HACKERS, MEDDLERS, AND CYBER CRIMINALS WHO WOULD NOT MIND TO HINDER AND HURT OTHERS FOR A MINIMUM FEE. SOME ADMINS AND COLLABORATORS OF SOCIAL MEDIA GROUPS THEMSELVES KNOW ENOUGH TECHNIQUES TO INTERRUPT THE ACCOUNTS OF OTHERS.
In recent years, E.C. Samkutty’s heart was very grieved to notice that a few Malayalam Freelance writers and social media groups are consistently involved in harassing religious and social leaders with slander, manufactured lies, verbal violence, culture-less language, personally wounding and defaming cartoons, and vicious assaults using mass-level fake IDs.
A MAGAZINE NAMED "BELIEVERS JOURNAL" PUBLISHED BY MR. RAJAN SAMUEL ARIYAPPALLY (ATLANTA) AND A SOCIAL MEDIA GROUP (MALAYALEE PENTECOSTAL FREE THINKERS) FOUNDED BY JIBU JACOB ABRAHAM (KOZHENCHERY/AUSTRALIA)–ADMINISTERED BY JOHN JOB PHILIPS (DUBAI), LALU VARGHESE (UAE), ASHER MATHEW (SAUDI ARABIA)– COLLABORATED BY JOE THOMAS PATHANAPURAM(OMAN), SHIBU PEDIAKAL HOUSTON, BENNY MUTTAM DALLAS, FIBIN JACOB QATAR, SAMKUTTY MATHEW MANNAMARUTHY, RAJU AANIKKAD MALLAPPALLY, ANIL KODITHOTTAM NEDUNGADAPPALLY, SHAIJU THOMAS NJARAKKAL, AND SEVERAL OTHERS ARE REGULARLY INVOLVED IN CHARACTER ASSASSINATION OF MANY PUBLIC SERVANTS.
The chief villain in this group is Mr. Jibu Jacob Abraham, the founder of MPFT. He hides behind the scene many times and allows his assistants and collaborators to do the wounding and the profaning. He wholeheartedly supports their evils, but blames the victims. He seems to be a rich businessman or professional with some political influence—truly a sadist who finds pleasure in hurting others—a true bully-backer. Once in a while, he appears on the scene to post comments that are very hurtful.
BUT JIBU JACOB IS NOT RICHER THAN KING NEBUCHADNEZZAR, NOT MORE INFLUENTIAL THAN HAMAN, AND SURELY NOT POWERFUL THAN KING HEROD.
This bully-backer Jibu seems to be on a path to meet a destiny similar to the one that was encountered by either Nebuchadnezzar or Haman or Herod. Jibu needs to fear the invisible rock that hit the Babylonian king, the gallows that crushed Haman, and the worms that ate Herod’s brain and liver. His website has put too many drops of tears in the eyes of innocent people. Like Pharaoh, Jibu cannot repent. He can only justify evil. He attacks the victims, not once, but again and again. God knows how to humble this man to his knees. Somebody needs to bell this cat.
In May of 2016, Dr. Samkutty has decided to stand up to these bully journalists in a nonviolent approach, in an effort to defend public servants and religious leaders against unfair media intimidation and humiliation. He considers this task as one of the missions in his life. With this goal in mind, in October 2016, he founded a social-service organization under the name “CITIZENS AGAINST VERBAL VIOLENCE.” His aim is to non-violently expose lying bully-writers who pour out manufactured lies on the social media and the print media. Samkutty’s task also involves serving our community and the larger society as a “watchman” to alert fellow citizens on the evils of social media “bullyism” and verbal violence.
E. C. SAMKUTTY’S MISSION AGAINST SUCH WICKED SOCIAL MEDIA BULLIES IS BASED ON THE FOLLOWING BIBLE PASSAGES (PARAPHRASED): “SON OF MAN, I HAVE APPOINTED YOU AS A WATCHMAN…. YOU MUST WARN PEOPLE” (ISIAH 21:11-12).
“WHEN I SAY TO A WICKED PERSON, ‘YOU WILL SURELY DIE,’ AND YOU [THE PROPHET OR WATCHMAN] DOES NOT WARN THEM OR SPEAK OUT TO STOP THEM FROM THEIR EVIL WAYS IN ORDER TO SAVE THEIR LIVES, THOSE WICKED PERSONS WILL DIE BECAUSE OF THEIR SINS. SURELY, I WILL HOLD YOU (THE WATCHMAN) RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR BLOOD, BECAUSE YOU AS A WATCHMAN (PROPHET) FAILED TO WARN THEM.”(EZEKIEL 3:16-18).
As mentioned above, Dr. Samkutty was born and brought up in the Full-Gospel Church of God in India and continued his membership in this denomination until June 2016. In the month of June, he decided to resign his membership in this denomination, and communicate moral ideas as an independent evangelist and freelance writer, still personally keeping a healthy and loving unofficial relationship with his mother church and its leaders in India and elsewhere. Being grateful for the blessings he received from the Church of God, he hopes to continue a cordial relationship with this denomination and its members.
Samkutty lives in Louisiana with his wife Dr. Pushpa, a microbiology professor. They have a son (Ranjith) and a daughter (Bindu). Ranjith, married to Deepa (from Kozhenchery, Kerala), has three boys– Justus (born 2012), Jeremiah (born 2014), and Chance (born 2015).
**This biography prepared on February 03, 2017.