Chacko is the fourth of seven sons born to Kalloor Koshy. Koshy is the patriarch of the Kalloor family in Thrikkannamangal
. His elder brother is the patriarch of the Thondel family. After Koshy's mother died, his father married again and had a third son, who is the patriarch of the Kalluttankuzhy family.
Chacko is uniquely remembered for his role as the catalyst in the birthing of the modern Pentecostal movement in India. Coming into contact with the American missionary, Robert F. Cook
, in the 1920s, Chacko invited Cook to move to Thrikkannamangal from North India. Cook, after surveying the area, set up headquarters for his mission work in a rented house adjacent to Chacko's house. Chacko and Cook worked hand in hand to set up the first Pentecostal church in India. Chacko set aside part of his land for this, though he never signed it over to Cook's church. As the work progressed, Cook's work expanded to other areas of Kerala, establishing churches in places like Thuvayoor. Cook joined the Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) and proceeded to bring all of his mission works into the Church of God. Several of his primary co-workers parted company and began their own organizations, such as the India Pentecostal Church of God
and the Ceylon Pentecostal Mission
. These two groups are now the largest Pentecostal churches in India, boasting over a million members each. Though Chacko continued to support Cook's work for some time, they also parted... Read More