Pastor Sunil Kotian

Board Member

Sunil joined Metro’s Board in 2021, where he has brought his communications, technology and musical talents to Metro’s work. His journey has taken him through many twists and turns, some of them would seem unnecessary while others very relevant to his growth. He believes his journey has been vital for his spiritual formation.

Sunil is married to his wife Lois, who has worked with Crossroads, Bangalore (connected to Younglife USA). He has 3 children, Elijah (16), Eliana (14) and Elicia (13). They live in Bangalore, and he has been apart from his family since December 2019. Sunil is hopeful that Lois and their children can secure visas in the coming months.

Sunil completed his M.Div at Christian Theological Seminary in May 2021 and is currently pursuing the elder ordination track with the Central District in the United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. He has served as Associate Pastor at North UMC in Indianapolis since June 2021.

Sunil has these words to say about his life experiences: “I was born in Mumbai, India, a large metropolitan city on the western coast. My siblings and I moved about quite a bit because our parents are missionaries. They translated the New Testament into a tribal language called Korku and are currently completing a translation project in the Tulu language. We were brought up in a conservative Christian home and I was always connected to a church wherever we moved. After 20 years in the north we moved south, to Bangalore. My Dad, Rev. Noel Kotian was ordained in the South India Regional Conference in the Methodist church. I have always aspired to follow in his footsteps.

I was 17 when I accepted Jesus Christ as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for my sins, was resurrected and will come again to take his children to heaven, and we will live with him eternally. I believe in the Trinity, God the Father, the son and the Holy Spirit. I believe that Jesus is fully human and fully divine and that both natures are combined in a hypostatic union. I believe that the scriptures are given to us as a guide for our daily living. I am a firm believer that our main purpose is to glorify God, to serve others and by serving we honor God, our creator.”

There is so much need for the church to be relevant in society and I would like to be a part of this mission for our communities. I look forward to deeper and lasting relationships here. All this has been very rewarding, to say the least. And we know that there is always more to be accomplished.

I am passionate about preaching. I enjoy the preparation for a sermon how it is received. Throughout my teens and into my young adulthood I was part of the praise and worship band. I love singing and I play the guitar, bass and drums. I enjoy sports and the outdoors. I am passionate about soccer and played it in school and college. I like meeting people and connecting with them. I also like reading and watching movies. I like reading about various topics, ranging from philosophy to technology and politics.”