Sunil Sardar, a third-generation Christian, is a native of the state of Maharashtra in central India. In his early years, Sunil was involved in the struggles of the common people which connected his heart with India’s lowered-caste and outcast peoples. He led a farmer’s protest in his region and fought for social justice and economic empowerment for the lowered castes. Pam, a schoolteacher from Indiana, met Sunil through a divine appointment and they were married in 1989. Throughout the 1990’s, Pam and Sunil did traditional church planting work, starting over 400 churches in approximately 10 years.
After years of research into India’s social and religious histories, Sunil grew to realize that India’s lowered castes are not primarily Hindu, as is assumed by most Indians, Christians, and the West. He learned that the lowered castes’ histories, cultures, and religious traditions connect them to an Almighty God, and ultimately, Christ.
In 2003, God called Sunil and Pam to start a new work among India’s lowered castes–to help them re-discover the One God of their forefathers, then complete the connection to the God of the Bible. Sunil and Pam named Truthseekers after The Society for the Seekers of Truth, founded in the 1800’s by Jotirao Phule, a famous Indian social reformer who was a strong advocate for the lowered castes of India, and a believer in Christ.
Kamalakar Deshpande – Founder of KAM Public School
Victor has been part of Truthseekers 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 Truthseekers in Gujurat.
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 inIndia. 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 Truthseeker’s mission to preach the Kingdom of God in their region. As Office Manager, Shiv oversees Truthseekers’ administration and finance.
Kanta Bhirao – Women’s Ministries
Kanta Bhirao was a communist leader and social activist fighting for the rights of the victims of injustice. After connecting with Truthseekers in 2006, Kanta has been transformed from a firebrand political leader into a woman who has been touched and healed by the Holy Spirit. Kanta heads a multi-faceted ministry for women based in northwest Delhi.
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' message of love and reconciliation. Pranjal also coordinates the footwashing trips & rallies when visitors come and participate.