Rev. Shaji Jacob Thomas hails from Ranni in the state of Kerala in South India and is the eldest son of Late Mr. K. Thomas and Mrs. Aleyamma Thomas (Kadackal House, Pazhavangadi). His home parish is St. Paul’s CSI Church Ranni. Having completed his Bachelor of Divinity Degree from United Theological College, Bangalore and Master of Theology (Post Graduation) from Tamilnadu Theological Seminary, Madurai, he was ordained as a Presbyter in 2004.
Starting his ministry as a Catechist in All Saints CSI Church Pathanamthitta in 2002, he served as Vicar of various churches in Kerala, viz. All Saints CSI Church Pathanamthitta (2003-04), All Saints CSI Church Bharanikavu, Kerala (2007-09), Ascension CSI Church, Cherukunnam, Mavelikkara (2009-11), Holy Immanuel CSI Church, Mallappally (2015-18) and St. Andrews CSI Church, Pannimmattom (2018-2020). Outside India, he served as vicar of St. Marks CSI Church, Chicago, USA (2004-07) and is the present Vicar of CSI Parish (Malayalam) Dubai from June 2020.
Having travelled to various countries including United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Greece, Ivory Coast, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, USA, Canada, UAE and Oman, Achen has first-hand experience of various cultures and is an expert on Western and Eastern Church History. Achen is a gifted Guitar player and singer and is very popular among the Sunday School, Youth and Choir community.
He has served in various responsible positions during his career, including as Bursar, Bishop Moore Vidyapith Higher Secondary School, Mavelikkara (2009-11), General Secretary of Scripture Union and CSSM, Kerala (2011-15) and as Principal, Bishop Mani Theological College, Kottayam (2018-19).
Achen’s family comprises of Mercy Mol Shaji Kochamma, daughter Angelina Eliz Shaji and son Anand Tom Shaji.