Our Mission

The Mar Thoma church is an Eastern Reformed church whose motto is “lighted to lighten.” We at Horeb Mar Thoma church Los Angeles believe that our lives should be inspired by the Word of God and therefore we seek to draw closer to God, have fellowship with one another, and to reach out to our local community.


Our Brief Background

Horeb MTC is a newly formed church in 2012, here in Orange County, California. All of us were former members of Mar Thoma Church of Los Angeles, however, many who live here in Orange County or in Southern L.A. had a desire to form a separate parish with in our region. Through prayer and by God’s grace we have started to worship in Garden Grove with about 55 families.

Our Congregation is part of the world wide Mar Thoma Church whose origin is in Kerala, India.  Our church belongs to the North America and U.K. diocese of the global Mar Thoma Church.

Our Historical Background

The Mar Thoma Church is headed by a Metropolitan bishop who lays claim to the Malankara Throne of St. Thomas. The current Valiya Metropolitan is His Grace The Most Rev. Dr. Philipose Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma, and the Metropolitan, His Grace The Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Marthoma Metropolitan Thirumeni, who has his throne at Tiruvalla, Pathanamthitta, Kerala, India. He is the 20th Malankara Metropolitan to occupy the Holy Apostolic Throne of St. Thomas after the reestablishment of the episcopacy in the 15th century.

The majority of the membership of the church is in the southern Indian state of Kerala but it has spread with the 20th century Indian Diaspora to North America, Europe, the Middle East, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, this in addition to a sizeable population in the rest of India.

The Mar Thoma Church is an Eastern Reformed Church. It owes its origin to the evangelistic work of the Apostle St. Thomas who came to India in 52 A.D. During the past centuries, the Church has been keeping friendly relations with various ancient churches. It is very much indebted to the Reformation and Revival movements of the 19th century.

The Mar Thoma Church is Eastern in worship, Episcopal in tradition, democratic in administration and ecumenical in vision. It’s Biblical emphasis, evangelical outlook, missionary zeal, theological concerns and social commitments are some other salient features of the Church. It is an active participant in the work of the ecumenical organizations like the WCC, NCCI, CCA, KCC, NMS and the Bible Society. It is in full communion with the Episcopal Churches in the United States and Canada, world wide Anglican Church, the Church of South India and the Church of North India.

The Mar Thoma Church has 965 parishes with an approximate membership of 875,000. The ecclesiastical structure of the Church consists of Valiya Metropolitan, the Metropolitan, the Suffragan Metropolitan, eight Episcopas and 613 clergymen. Strong lay leadership is very much prevalent in all facets of the Church activities. The Church has eleven Dioceses and has its headquarters at Tiruvalla, Kerala, India.

The Diocese of North America and Europe was first formed as a Zonal Council in 1982 and then as a diocese in 1988. The diocese holds in its fold 66 parishes and 13 congregation. The diocese is now being served by a resident bishop, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Theodosius Episcopa and 70 clergymen, including retired.

The different organizations of the Diocese and the regional and national conferences provide leadership and assistance to children, youth, men and women in their spiritual growth and development. The Diocese is very keen to maintain ecumenical relationship with other American churches and also in establishing friendly contacts with people of different religious backgrounds and cultures of this country.

Diocesan Of North America & Europe Website: http://www.marthomanae.org

Mar Thoma Church Website: http://marthoma.in/