Daniel Thambyrajah Niles

NILES, Daniel Thambyrajah. b. Jaffna, north Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) 4 May 1908; d. 17 July 1970. He was born into a Tamil Christian family: his grandfather was a Methodist minister, and his father was a lawyer. He studied law, but then chose to become a Methodist minister; he was ordained in 1936. As a young district evangelist, he was a delegate to the International Missionary Council Tambaram Conference of 1938; he then became YMCA evangelism secretary in Geneva (1939-40), before returning to Ceylon as a minister. He was Chairman of the Youth Department of the World Council of Churches (1948-52) and its evangelism secretary (1953-59). During this period he was instrumental in the founding...

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