People’s Baptist Ministries to India (PBMI) has established over 3,500 local churches with over 300,000 born again believers in almost every Indian state, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, and Bhutan. PBMI is the Mission Board of People’s Baptist Church—an independent, fundamental Baptist church located in Trivandrum, India. PBMI is an outgrowth of Kerala Baptist Gospel Team, which was founded in 1976 by Dr. G.S. Nair.
PBMI exists to preach the Gospel; baptize born again believers; and teach and train nationals to win souls, plant churches, and build up the brethren.
G.S. Nair was saved in a Baptist mid-missions hospital in 1972. He entered Berean Baptist College, an independent Baptist college in Bangalore, India. He and 26 of his classmates started a prayer meeting in the college in 1974. Later, G.S. and 3 other students with only $5 and the leadership of the Holy Spirit went out to hold street meetings, give testimonies, hand out tracts, conduct Bible studies, do personal work.
The burden of seeing millions going to hell and the compassion of our Savior motivated them to forsake all and give their lives for the cause of Christ.
In 1977 Dr. G.S. Nair graduated from Berean Baptist College, an independent Baptist college in Bangalore, India. In 1980, as a ministry of his own local church, he began the Peoples Baptist Bible College and Seminary (PBBC&S) in order to train nationals to establish local Baptist churches throughout India and beyond.
The College’s threefold mission is to:
- Win souls to Christ
- Establish local churches
- Disciple the new converts for further evangelism.
Sadly, every year the college turns away committed, potential students because we lack the funds needed to house and train them.
Statement of Faith
- We believe that the Bible is the verbally inspired and infallible, authoritative Word of God––that it is our final authority in all matters of faith and practice. We believe that God has preserved His Word, for English-speaking people, in the King James Bible (2 Tim. 3:16–17; 2 Pet. 1:20–21; Matt. 24:35).
- We believe there is one God eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Deut. 6:4, 4:35; Matt. 3:16–17; Ps. 9:7; Jn. 10:30, 14:26; 1 Jn. 5:7).
- We believe in the Deity of Christ; His virgin birth; His shed blood for atonement of sin; His bodily resurrection; His ascension into Heaven, there to be our Intercessor; His Lordship over all creation (Jn. 1:1–3; 1 Jn. 1:7; Heb. 9:11, 12; 1 Pet. 1:18–19; 1 Cor. 15:3–4; Rom. 8:34; Heb. 7:25; Matt. 28:18, Phil. 2:9–11).
- We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts of sin, makes believers children of God through the new birth, assuring them of Heaven, and by His indwelling enables Christians to live a Godly life (Jn. 16:8–11; Titus 3:5; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Cor. 6:19–20; Rom. 8:14, 16; Rom. 8: 1–4; Gal. 5:16; Eph. 5:9, 18).
- We believe that all men are sinners by nature and choice, sinful and lost, and have within themselves no possible means of salvation without Christ (Rom. 3:10, 23; Rom. 5:12; Eph. 2:8–9; Eph. 2:1–3, 12; Titus 3:5).
- We believe in Salvation by grace through faith; that Salvation is the free gift of God, not by any virtue or works of man, but received only by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; and that all true believers possess the gift of eternal life, a perfect righteousness, sonship in the family of God, and the divine guarantee that they shall never perish (Jn. 3:16; Eph. 2:8–9; Titus 3:5; Jn. 1:12; Jn. 10:28; Jn. 3:18).
- We believe in the existence of Satan the deceiver and god of this present world; that he was defeated and judged at the cross, and therefore his final doom is certain (Jn. 8:44; Job 1:6–12; Job 2:1–8; 2 Cor. 4:4; Eph. 2:2; 1 Jn. 3:8; 1 Jn. 5:18; 1 Jn. 4:4; Rev. 20:10).
- We believe in the second coming of Christ; the time being unrevealed but always imminent; that when He comes He will first by resurrection of the dead and the translation (rapture) of the living remove from the earth His waiting Church; then pour out the righteous judgements of God upon the unbelieving world, afterwards descend with His Church and establish His glorious and literal kingdom over all nations for a thousand years (Jn. 14:1–3; Acts 1:11; 1 Thess. 4:13–18; 1 Cor. 15:51–57; Rev. 6–9; Rev. 19:11–20:6).
- We believe that the spirits of the saved, at death, go immediately to be with Christ in Heaven; that at His second coming their works will be judged and rewards determined; that the spirits of the unsaved at death descend immediately into Hell until the final day of judgement, at which time their bodies shall be raised from the grave, judged, and cast into the lake of fire, the place of final and everlasting punishment (2 Cor. 5:6–10; Luke 16:19–31; Rev. 20:11–15).
- We believe in the priesthood of all believers, that Christ is our High Priest and through Him every born-again person has direct access into God’s presence without the need of a human priest; that the believer has the right and responsibility to personally study and interpret the Scriptures, guided by the Holy Spirit (1 Pet. 2:9; 1 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 7:17–28; Heb. 6:20; Heb. 4:14–16; Jn. 14:26; Jn. 16:13; 2 Pet. 1:19–21; 1 Pet. 2:2; 2 Tim. 2:15).
- We believe that a local New Testament Church is an organized body of born-again baptized believers practicing the scriptural ordinances and actively engaged in fulfilling the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18–20; 1 Cor. 11:23–34).
- We believe the officers of the church are pastors and deacons. In Scripture the pastor is also referred to as an elder. The two terms describe the same office (1 Tim. 3:1–13; Phil. 1:4).
Organizational Chart and Ministry Overview
PBMI needs $35,000/month to meet the basic needs of the constantly expanding various ministries. As of June 2015, PBMI monthly income from supporting churches is approximately $14,000/month.
This falls short by about $21,000 per month. The difference is made up from individual Christians whom the Lord uses to support his work in India. Note that neither Dr. Nair or any of the Board receive a salary from PBMI.
Financial Accountability and Property Ownership
PBMI’s sources of income are churches and individuals in the United States, Scotland, and Australia.
Donations to the work can be made to Fundamental Baptist Mission to India, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization set up in the United States to serve the needs of PBMI and Dr. Nair. Its office is at 137 Scudder Rd, Osterville, MA 02655.
PBMI and Peoples Baptist Church
Dr. G.S. Nair founded People’s Baptist Church (PBC) in 1981. It is an independent, fundamental Baptist church located in the city of Trivandrum, Kerala State, India.
Established in 1986, Peoples Baptist Ministries to India (PBMI) is the outreach ministry of People’s Baptist Church. It is a charitable society existing to serve the Lord and help local churches. Dr. G.S. Nair is President and Chairman of the Board of Directors. Deacons of PBC make up the rest of the Board. This charitable society is a non-profit, non-political, tax-exempt organization recognized by the government of India and established for charitable purposes. It operates like a 501(c)(3) in the United States.
Indian charitable societies are governed by the Indian Societies Registration Act of 1860. A minimum of seven individuals are required to form a society. Dr. Nair is one of the seven members. Societies are similar in character to trusts, although there are a few essential differences. In a society, for example, all property is held in the name of the society, whereas all of the property of a trust legally vests in the trustees.
Unlike trusts, societies may be dissolved. Upon dissolution, and after settlement of all debts and liabilities, the funds and property of the society may not be distributed among the members of the society. Rather, the remaining funds and property must be given or transferred to some other society, preferably one with similar objects as the dissolved entity.
PBMI owns and operates People’s Baptist Bible College and Seminary in Trivandrum, India, as well as two other Bible colleges in Punjab and Chhattisgarh, India. Over 2,000 of the more than 2,750 graduates are now serving in full-time ministry. PBMI also owns 7 Christian schools in six different Indian states. It owns 8 college extension schools in eight different Indian states, 20 children’s homes (orphanages) in four different Indian states; 2 vocational training centers for women; and a home for abused girls.
Moreover, PBMI, in conjunction with and through generous gifts from individuals and supporting churches, has purchased property and funded the construction of facilities for over 700 local, independent Baptist churches in 22 different Indian states and in three neighboring countries.
Here’s how it works…
Most of the time, PBMI buys properties and builds church buildings for the benefit of and “in the name of” the local church. The local church, which is an independent body of believers, is not under obligation to purchase the property from PBMI and is not charged rent by PBMI. This is a great deal for the local church but a terrible deal for PBMI. Here’s why…
At its option, the local church can, at any time, reimburse PBMI for the cost of the land and building and own it outright should the church so desire. Remember, the church can take title to the property “at cost.”
This means that even if the property appreciates in value, the church could in the future still buy the appreciated property at the original cost with no inflation rider. For example, if PBMI bought a piece of property in 1980 for $10,000 to build a church and it is now worth $100,000, the church gets to purchase the property at the original $10,000 price. Bad deal for PBMI—great deal for the local church.
If the local church decides to move out of that particular property and if PBMI decides to sell the property, it must dispose of it according to statute and government regulations, which state that the sale proceeds would have to be channeled into a ministry with the same goals and objectives. The money cannot benefit any member or officer of the society.
PBMI and Local Church Independence
All churches are established as local, independent, fundamental Baptist churches. Although PBMI was involved in the establishment of these churches by sending out the founding pastor and college students to help win souls to create the church, the resulting church is still independent.
PBMI does not tell local churches how to worship or interfere in church polity, practice, or governance. However, like the apostle Paul, PBMI representatives do visit the churches, encourage the pastors and congregations, point out deficiencies, and praise their victories. PBMI is not a group of inspectors but rather caretakers and helpers.
For example, if a pastor decides to follow the ways of Pentecostalism (which has happened in two or three cases) there’s really nothing PBMI can do about it. PBMI cannot remove the pastor or perform church discipline. That is the responsibility of the local church. They are autonomous.
G.S. Nair’s Relationship to PBMI
G.S. gets most of his personal support from the United States—not from PBMI. In fact, no officer of PBMI receives any support from the society. The officers/members are each independently supported by churches and individuals in the United States and other countries; not from PBMI.
G.S. owns his own home. He does not take money from PBMI as a salary or for travel in India or abroad. Offerings that are raised during his trips are used to pay the expenses of the trip. He donates the rest to PBMI.