Daniel Surya Avula
Daniel Surya is the founding pastor of Grace Life Church, Vizag. Daniel was born in Andhra Pradesh, India. At sixteen years of age, he heard the gospel of Jesus Christ for the first time through a neighbor and friend. He heard the gospel again through his classmates in college. He frequently attended the bible studies conducted by a student ministry on campus. He trusted the Lord Jesus Christ and gave his life to Him when he was seventeen years old. In his family, he was the first one to believe in Jesus Christ.
He started his professional career as an instrumentation and control systems engineer in Honeywell, Pune. He then traveled to more than twenty-five countries, and he worked with several multi-national companies on various continents. He sensed a ministry call while working in Abu Dhabi for their national oil company as a project manager. He loved reading and obeying the word of God. He was attracted to the teaching of John MacArthur, pastor-teacher at Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, USA. The sovereign hand of the Lord led Daniel to The Master’s Seminary, Los Angeles. He had quit his job in 2012, and he moved to the USA with his family pursuing theological studies.
He holds Master of Divinity and Master of Theology (Bible Exposition, 2) degrees from The Master’s Seminary. He is trained in Biblical languages Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic.
He loves the flock of God, and he has a tender and caring heart for them.
Daniel is married to Jhancy Rani, and they have two sons, Prabhu and Joseph.