Emmanuel Tamil Annual Conference

The Emmanuel Tamil Annual Conference (ETAC) is one of the three Annual Conferences of The Methodist Church in Singapore (MCS). Its teachings, goals, aims and administrative system are consistent with those of the local churches and Annual Conferences within the MCS.

ETAC’s vision is a Conference that is “Alive for Christ”. It seeks to establish itself as a sharing community with a sense of belonging within ETAC and sister churches of the other two Annual Conferences so as to support one another, grow in faith and share a living faith with the wider community outside the Church.

A key focus of ETAC churches is to equip and empower members to spread the Gospel, particularly in the neighbourhoods where they are located. These are strategic areas where there are enclaves of non-Christian Indians and Indian migrant workers. Seizing the opportunity for Missions at our Doorstep, the churches have simple worship services-cum-fellowship days for pre-believers and young Christians which aim to integrate them into the life of the churches.

ETAC’s community programmes include a prison ministry, aftercare for Indian inmates and their families, support for a drug rehabilitation centre, visits to welfare homes and an annual blood donation drive.

ADDRESS: 70 Barker Road #05-02 Methodist Centre Singapore 309936
TELEPHONE: +65 64784809
FAX: +65 74784799
EMAIL: etacadmin@methodist.org.sg
WEBSITE: etac.methodist.org.sg
PRESIDENT: Rev Philip S Abraham
DISTRICT: Rev James Nagulan

Tamil Methodist Church (Short Street)


  • Worship Service: [Sunday] 8:45 (English), 10:30 (Tamil), 19:00 (Tamil, Foreign Workers)
  • Pastor: Rev Albert Vijay Joseph (i/c)
  • Church by Zone: City


In tandem with the arrival of Methodism in Singapore in 1885, the Rev William Oldham, who spoke Tamil, initiated Tamil work with the Anglo-Tamil School as an outreach to the Tamils. Initially, the work was amongst Tamil prisoners as well as migrant Tamils and their families.

In 1887, the Rev. C W Underwood arrived from Ceylon and formed the Tamil Methodist Society, which led to the establishment of the Tamil Methodist Church (TMC) at Short Street. Through its outreach programmes to the Tamil-speaking and Indian nationals over its first 125 years, TMC Short Street is the mother church of the other six Tamil Methodist churches. TMC Short Street also spawned the only Telugu Methodist Church, the SG Telugu MC, a result of the Rev R Prabhu’s dedicated work among Telugu expatriates in Singapore. TMC Short Street has also been home to the Batak Protestant Church (Huria Kristen Batak) since 1980. TMC’s evangelistic outreach work in Cha’a (Johore, Malaysia) in 1926 bore fruit in the region’s first Methodist Church.

ETAC sent forth its first missionary in 1978. Eight others were later commissioned, with three of them being ordained as Elders.

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70 Barker Road, Singapore 309936

+65 64784786

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