Kamalakar Deshpande comes from the state of Maharastra, Nagpur, India. His parents made great sacrifices to send him to boarding school, where he first made a committment to Jesus. He earned a degree in Theology and joined Truthseekers International in 2005. In 2008, he was at a gathering of community leaders in the Nangloi district of New Delhi, where he met the national leader of a certain Nomadic Islamic Group of India, also known as “The Gypsies of India.” He noticed the community had no school and he decided to start one for them.
Shiv Kumar Pal – Office Administration, Shiv Kumar, a member of the Shepherd’s caste, is a native of Etah in Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state in India. Shiv Kumar met Sunil Sardar in 2003 and came to know Jesus as his Savior. Now a strong believer, Shiv is influencing his whole caste group in Etah for Jesus. Shiv’s relatives and friends have begun to work closely with him to further Truthseekers International mission to preach the Kingdom of God in their region. As Office Manager, Shiv oversees Truthseekers’ administration and finance.
Grant McFarland is from Austin, Texas. After participating in two footwashing trips in 2009 and 2010, he joined the Truthseekers International team in India permanently in 2011. Grant brings experience in IT and software development and a desire to learn and share India’s history and cultures with others. Grant has a love for the people of India and a passion to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with all– moving towards building the Kingdom of God through caste reconciliation. Grant currently serves TSI by building and running our Truth-Keepers Discipleship Program, communicating stories to the western world, hosting footwashing teams, public speaking, and washing feet throughout India.
Victor Paul– Education Programs Director, Victor has been part of Truthseekers International since its founding in 2003. He is a strong believer who is zealous to see the Kingdom of God established in India through a culturally-relevant message of Christ. In addition to heading Truthseekers’ education programs, Victor serves as a writer, researcher, teacher and translator. Victor and his wife are currently working to establish TSI in Gujurat.
Pranjal Torde – Volunteer Coordinator & Director of Leadership Development, Pranjal comes from Yavatmal, Maharashtra. He is assisting caste leaders in their efforts to spread the Truthseekers International message of love and reconciliation. Pranjal also coordinates the various footwashing trips & rallies when visitors come to participate.