Rev. Dr. Chatla and Mary have been serving the Lord since 1987. Dr. Chatla is the founder and president of Baptist India Ministries. BIM is an association of hundreds of pastors, ministering in almost 350 churches. Several Bible women and hundreds of missionary pastors are helping to plant churches throughout India. ICBBGF was founded in the 1950s in Andhra Pradesh among high-caste Hindus who worshipped idols. Dr. Ishmael, founder of the fellowship, faced much opposition and persecution. He and his wife, Mrs. Vazramma, resigned their positions as teachers in a Baptist school and followed the call of God to plant churches by faith. Through their faith and prayer, the Lord began to move and several churches were planted in the midst of frightening opposition. After Dr. and Mrs. Ishmael passed on to be with the Lord in 1994, Dr. Devasahayam took over the leadership.
The fellowship has grown in an enormous way, spreading into other states in India.Through Mt. Zion College , ICBBGF has been able to provide sound training to new pastors, but the previous generation of pastors still needs training in foundations. Charismatics and Pentecostals have had strong influence in many areas, along with other cults. The Fellowship is developing ongoing teaching conferences to lay a strong foundation in fundamental, Bible-believing, Baptist doctrine among these older pastors in the areas of church administration and stewardship.
ICBBGF has given birth to three hundred and fifty churches in the course of its fifty years history. 80% of its churches are located in villages and towns where there is no missions work. Out of Baptist-India's c.10,000 members, 75% of the believers are not born Christians but who have heard the gospel and believed responding to the love and work of Christ. Apart from the in-born 350 churches, several independent Baptist churches are in fellowship with Baptist India.
Baptist India is committed to reach each perishing soul, especially in the villages and towns, with the gospel of Christ and working with a vision to plant a church in each major village and town of Andhra Pradesh at first and then in the other states of India.