CHENNAI: Evangelist and founder of Jesus Calls Ministries, D.G.S. Dhinakaran, died in a city hospital on Wednesday after a brief illness.
He was 72 and is survived by his wife Stella and son Paul. .
Born in Tirunelveli district on July 1, 1935, he was, from an early age, involved in evangelical activities, which he continued for over five decades. Besides setting up Jesus Calls Ministries, that has over 20 centres in India and abroad, he wrote over 15 books, the latest being ‘An Insight into Heaven.’ Albums of his prayer songs have been brought out. He was also the founder-chancellor of Karunya University, which has about 5,400 students. He was instrumental in establishing Seesha, a voluntary organisation, with an objective to educate underprivileged children and improve the life and health of people in rural areas.
Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi paid tributes to Dhinakaran. Political and religious leaders extended their condolences to his family members.
In his message, Governor Surjit Singh Barnala expressed shock at the sudden demise of Dhinakaran and described him as a “renowned evangelist who propagated love, peace and brotherhood among people”.
All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam general secretary Jayalalithaa, condoling his death, said he had devoted his life to the cause of spiritual service.
The body will be kept for the public to pay homage at the Royapettah YMCA grounds on Thursday from 9 a.m.