Church of South India
The Church of South India (South Indian Church ) is a member church of the Anglican Communion, the World Council of Methodist Churches and the World Alliance of Reformed Churches. It was founded on 27 September 1947 in the St. George 's Cathedral in Chennai by the union of Anglican, Congregational, Presbyterian, Reformed and Methodist Churches of South India. At its head is as primate a moderator because it forms together with the Church of Pakistan, Church of Bangladesh and the Church of North India one of the four united churches of the Anglican. The Church of South India has a total of approximately 3.8 million members, making it by the Roman Catholic Church is the second largest Christian church in India.
The Church of South India comprises the southern part of India ( Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry ) and the North East of Sri Lanka. The rest of Sri Lanka is under, however, the Church of Ceylon. The Church of South India unites in itself 22 dioceses, 21 of them in India and one in Sri Lanka ( Jaffna ):