The Indian Orthodox Church, also known as Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, was founded by St. Thomas, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ, who came to India in A.D. 52. The Diocese of UK, Europe and Africa is one of the 34 dioceses of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church with its headquarters in London. The diocese of UK, Europe and Africa is now under the direct ecclesiastical jurisdiction of His Grace Dr. Mathews Mar Thimothios, subject to the authority of the Holy Episcopal Synod of the Malankara Orthodox Church. The Episcopal guidance of the multilingual and Old Testament scholar H. G. Dr Mathews Mar Thimothios has been a boost in the growth of the diocese.
The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church was founded by St. Thomas, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ, who came to India in A.D. 52. At least from the fourth century the Indian Church entered into a close relationship with the Persian or East Syrian Church. From the Persians, the Indians in