Bishop M.A.Z. Rolston called for higher services


The National Council of Churches mourns the loss of Bishop M. A. Z. Rolston who passed away this morning at the age of 91 after a brief illness at his home in Houston.

Bishop Rolston, from the Methodist Church was appointed as Secretary on July 1, 1963. He was member of the Mobile Team for industrial workers. In 1964, the ‘Mobile Industrial Team’ was formed. In 1975, this became the ‘Commission on Urban Industrial Mission’. He also held portfolios of Industrial Evangelism, Economic Life of the Church and worked widely among the Laity. In 1965, he was appointed by the WCC, DWME as member of the Advisory Group.

 After the demise of Mr. Korula Jacob in 1966, he was appointed as General Secretary of NCCI. During his tenure, the Christian Service Agency was made the Service Agency of NCCI in 1970. NCCI’s Delhi office was started in 1976. During this time NCCI got its changed name ‘National Council of Churches in India’, and a new constitution was made. He was consecrated Bishop of CNI Chandigarh diocese in July 1982.  

We are grateful to God for the wonderful leadership and contributions of Bishop Rolston to the Indian Churches and especially to the NCCI. His hard work and commitment have proved to be a blessing for the Christian Community in India, and he will continue to be an inspiration for Christian service and ministry. Our heartfelt condolences to his family with our prayers for God’s comfort and peace.


I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (2 Timothy 4:7)


- NCCI Communications