20 May Kumar Swamy Speaker
Kumar Swamy, who followed Christ out of a Hindu background, joined OM India for a three-month project in 1973, and re-joined long term in 1977. Today he is based in Bangalore, Karnataka, and is the South India Field Leader overseeing the ministry of more than nearly 1,000 OM India workers based in the South Region.
Kumar holds a degree in Psychology, and his main job involves leading all the ministries of OM in South India, including the Good Shepherd Community Church pastors and church planters, the Dalit Education Centers, the Good Shepherd Urban slum ministries, as well as work among the Muslims of South India and the womenâ€™s work called the Arpana Womenâ€™s Prayer Network.
Kumar is the Karnataka State Convener of the All India Christian Council, as well as the State President of the Communal Harmony Committee. He also serves with the Karnataka state Human Rights Commission. Kumar is involved in the Dalit empowerment movement across India working for the betterment of the Dalit Community. He is on the Board of Directors of the Dalit Freedom Network, USA.
Kumar has traveled extensively around the world and has spoken to audiences in universities, government bodies, churches and professional organizations. In addition, he has been featured at summer music festivals and major missions conferences, especially in the United States.
Kumar is married to Jeeva who was born in Malaysia but grew up in India. At present, she is involved with OM Indiaâ€™s emerging work in anti-human trafficking among women and children. Kumar and Jeeva were married in December 1987. They have two children â€“ son Abishek (age 20), and daughter Arpana Ruth (14).
Biography taken from: Dalit Freedom Network