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Sandeep Thomas is the pastor of Argentine Mennonite Church, and he will serve as the TSP Liaison. Argentine Mennonite is located at: 3701 Metropolitan Ave in Kansas City, KS.

Sandeep was born in Mumbai, India, in a devout Christian community that traces its Christian roots 2000 years, to the time when the Apostle Thomas came to India in 52 AD.


Argentine Mennonite Church was founded in 1946. Its mission is to be a strong, Christ-centered, Bible-based church with an Anabaptist witness. This church is based in the Argentine District, which has one of the highest child poverty rates in the country. However, to make a difference in its community, Argentine Mennonite believes they must start with making disciples for Jesus. They are doing this by mentoring families and young adults in the neighborhood. Church programs directed toward neighborhood kids include: Sunday School every Sunday morning before worship, a biweekly club where kids can spend an evening doing fun activities and learn a Bible lesson, and a summer VBS which brings in 60-70 kids from the neighborhood. Argentine Mennonite's prayer is that God would bring them those people whose hearts He is stirring right now to become the kind of disciples who will bring a beacon of hope to the surrounding community.


Sandeep Thomas Writes about His Journey

I was born in Mumbai, India in a devout Christian community that traces its Christian roots 2000 years, to the time when the Apostle Thomas came to India in 52 AD. My own faith journey was a progression from teenage doubt, to exploring the various religions of India, to coming to the realization that God had uniquely revealed Himself in Jesus Christ.

My interest in Science and Technology lead me to do my Electronics Engineering but I also had a creative streak which I was able to explore by working in the advertising industry as a copywriter. God then opened the door for me to combine my computer knowledge and creative skills to co-found an Internet company delivering online learning courses in 1999. In year 2000 my family relocated to Pittsburgh, PA while I was still in charge of operations at my company in Mumbai, so that my wife Sufi could pursue Post Doctoral research at the University of Pittsburgh.

Our first few years in the US, however, were filled with challenges. This was a time when God really turned our life upside down. However through Christ’s love shown to us through incredible Christians, Christ become more real to us than he had ever been. At this time I heard God calling me into full-time ministry. In 2002, I walked away from my Internet company and started volunteering at my church in every capacity available. In the following years I completed my MDiv from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and worked as the Associate Pastor of this church, the Asian Indian Church of Pittsburgh, for two years. There I developed a burden for Indian students and shared the Gospel with them at two Pittsburgh Universities. In June 2013 God called us to Kansas City where I continued to work as a local missionary to Indian students as campus staff with International Students Inc. In the summer of 2014, I was called to additionally take up the role of Interim Pastor at the Argentine Mennonite Church.

I encountered Mennonites for the first time in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was drawn by their witness, and was ordained at the Pittsburgh Mennonite Church in 2013. My bride Sufi is a scientist in the field of Head and Neck Cancer and working at KUMC.  We are blessed with two beautiful children, Ahia (16) and Andrew (8).