in the History of Tamil Methodist Church Petaling Jaya
Just as God led the Israelites from Egypt to a land flowing with milk and honey, God has also been leading the worshippers of Tamil Methodist Church Petaling Jaya, formerly known as TMC Sg. Way – Subang from place to place, from shop-lot to shop-lot and finally to our own land and a permanent place of worship at Taman Sri Sentosa. This is a gift from God for which we are really thankful.
The beginning of our church can be traced to as far back as the 1970s when two or three families used to meet at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Ponniah to have prayer meetings, with Rev. John Kovilpillai paying pastoral visits. In 1975, the TMC Brickfields (K.L) started an outreach project in the Sungai Way – Subang area with Mr. J.D. Rajaram as the coordinator.
In 1976, the families joined with a group of about 12 to 15 people who were worshipping at the Chinese Christian Church in Sungai Way New Village on Sunday evenings. In 1997, realizing that local participation was necessary for any church growth, a committee was confirmed consisting of local persons to manage the affairs with Rev. John Kovilpillai as the chairman and Mr. J.D. Rajaram as the vice-chairman.
In 1979, when the Chinese church needed their premises to conduct an evening service there, we had no other choice but to seek an alternative place of worship. The Sungai Way Wesley Methodist Outreach Church as No.2, Jalan SS 3/56 was good enough to allow us the use of their building for 4 hours in the evening every Sunday from 3.00pm to 7.00pm. During this time, a proper committee known as the Local Outreach Executive Committee was formed structured along the Methodist Discipline. Mr. John Sunder became the lay leader and Mr. J.D. Rajaram as the chairman.