The Early Days

Church Governance

Church Governance is a new discipline introduced in the year 2010 under mandatory requirement from commissioner of Charities. The main purpose of church Governance is to act in the best interest of the Church and be actively involved in the decision making process on policy matters.  Another area of focus is to ensure the funds and assets of the Church are used reasonably for the furtherance of Church‘s objectives and activities.

The Governance committee ensures that the Annual reports and audited accounts are submitted on a timely manner to Charity Portal.  The compliance on Personal Data Protection Act is another area supervised by the Governance Committee.  A document on Role and Responsibility of various ministries in the Church is prepared by the Governance committee and updated on a regular basis.

Church Governance also ensures that all activities and Programs in the Church are carried out in accordance with biblical principles.  Any Irregularities are brought to the attention of Local conference  for discussion and rectification.


Mr Jebanesan Ponnudurai
Chairman Governance committee

Pastor's Note

pastors note

Dear Visitor.

It is indeed a joy to welcome you to the website of the Tamil Methodist Church at Short Street, Singapore.

Tamil Methodist Churches is situated very centrally at 8 Short Street. We welcome you to come and worship with us and be part of our community. We have our English and Tamil services in the morning. We also have a Tamil service in the evening. We are a close knit community and we are involved in various programs and activities to reach-out to people. Looking forward for your visit.

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:23-34)

At Tamil Methodist Church we are community committed to the Worship of the Lord in truth and Spirit. The congregation is centered the study of Word through various small group Bible Studies. We encourage everyone to faithful Witness to the Lord wherever they are.

It is our prayer that all who enter through the doors of Tamil Methodist Church will experience the presence of God and will be blessed to be a blessing to the community where they live and serve.

Wishing you God's best for you with prayers!

Rev. James Nagulan



The Methodist body is connectional in nature. TMC is affiliated to the following organizations:

Emmanuel Tamil Annual Conference (ETAC)

The ETAC is made up of eight churches located strategically across the island of Singapore. It is through this organization that TMC receives pastoral appointments. TMC also partners with ETAC to engage in ministries like missions exposure trips, Festivals of Praise, discipleship seminars, youth engagement programs and much more.


Methodist Church in Singapore (MCS)

The MCS is the body that provides connection between the 44 churches in Singapore across 3 conferences – the Trinity Annual Conference, the Chinese Annual Conference, and the ETAC. TMC is firmly rooted in Wesleyan Theology owing to its establishment as a pioneer in Methodist work. Click here for the Methodist Doctrine.




Methodist Missions Society (MMS)

TMC is a partner church of the MMS, a missions agency that establishes indigenous churches in regions outside of Singapore where there is no Methodist presence. MMS focuses on the Asian region particularly Cambodia, China, Laos, Nepal, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam.


TMC also supports the following well‐established organizations:



  • point1William F Oldham arrives in Singapore with Rev & Mrs. Thoburn, sent by the South India Annual Conference and starts meeting with a group of Indians on Saturdays, and also begins to hold regular services in the prison on Sundays for Tamil prisoners.
  • point2The first formal Tamil Methodist worship service is held: a Tamil Methodist congregation - the Tamil Methodist Society - is formed with Rev C W Underwood, a Tamil preacher from Jaffna, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), as pastor.
  • point13Rev Underwood undertakes the church’s first missionary trip as he visits Tamil workers in sugar plantations in Perak, Malaya (now Malaysia).
  • Funds are raised for an inexpensive parsonage costing $2,000 in Serangoon Road, opposite the present Kandang Kerbau Market on a piece of land which had previously been occupied by a Hindu temple.ev Underwood undertakes the church’s first missionary trip as he visits Tamil workers in sugar plantations in Perak, Malaya (now Malaysia).
  • The first Tamil Quarterly (now, Local) Conference is held.
  • The Women's Foreign Missionary Society engages a Tamil Bible Woman to evangelise to Tamil women.
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    The Epworth League (later, Methodist Youth Fellowship) is started with 43 members. It soon attracts several students from the Medical School.
  • The members decide to purchase the land at Short Street (front half of the present site) and build a church on it to meet their growing needs.
  • point9The new building, comprising the Sanctuary, a hall and a parsonage, is completed. Address: No. 1 (later, No. 14), Short Street. Rev. S. S. Pakianathan pastors the church.
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  • point10TMC starts Pasir Panjang preaching point at Alexandra Brickworks. The Pasir Panjang Tamil Methodist Church is constituted in 1972. Pastoral leadership is given by Rev. M R Doraisamy.
  • TMC starts Seletar preaching point at RAF Seletar Base which is later constituted as Seletar Tamil Methodist Church.
  • TMC starts Sembawang preaching point at Sembawang Naval Base. The Sembawang Tamil Methodist Church is constituted that year.
  • Rev (later, Bishop) T R Doraisamy is appointed the pastor and later becomes the first Tamil Bishop of the Methodist Church in Singapore and Malaya.
  • The Batak congregation begins worshipping at the church premises.
  • point15Bilingual (Tamil and English) worship services replace the separate Tamil and English worship services. Introduced by Rev R. Prabhu Das to step the falling membership. Vacation Bible School is introduced.
  • point16Outreach work begins at Jurong; the preaching point is constituted as Jurong Tamil Methodist Church in 1977.
  • point17"The Methodist Church in Malaysia and Singapore is constituted into separate national churches: The Methodist Church in Malaysia and The Methodist Church in Singapore. The Emmanuel Tamil Annual Conference - (ETAC) is constituted. Evangelistic Outreach work begins in the Ang Mo Kio neighbourhood; house-church services conducted by Rev Prabhu Das. AMKTC is constituted in 1980"
  • "TMC applies to the Commissioner of Lands for the alienation of the land behind the church for an extension project. Evangelistic Outreach work begins at Toa Payoh; the preaching point is constituted as a church in 1982."
  • The Commissioner of Lands offers the land to TMC for the Building Project. The church starts an evening Tamil service.
  • TMC temporarily moves to the school hall of the Christ Church, Dorset Road, which has been made to resemble the Sanctuary at Short Street.
  • The new building is completed and the premises are renumbered "No. 8, Short Street". We celebrate the Moving-in Service, as we return to Short Street.
  • A ministry among Indian nationals is started by members of the church.
  • point23The group starts to take shape with more volunteers joining and the Foreign Indian Friends' Fellowship is officially formed. The new Sanctuary and building are consecrated by Bishop Ho Chee Sin at the church's 106th Anniversary Thanksgiving service.
  • Telugu services, with Rev. Prabhu, providing the leadership, with a few members, provide worship for the Telugu-speaking Indian Nationals.
  • The Sinhala Fellowship ministry is started by members of the church.
  • point26Telugu Methodist Church, the 8th church in ETAC is constituted, during the pastorate of Rev Nagulan James.
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