Salvation Army work commenced in the old Travancore State on 18 March 1894 by Captain Yesudasen Sanjivi, who was a high-caste Brahmin before his conversion. His son, Colonel Donald A. Sanjivi, became the first territorial commander from Kerala. The work spread to other parts of the state through the dedication of pioneer officers, including Commissioner P. E. George.

The India South Western Territory came into being on 1 October 1970 when the Southern India Territory divided into two. The territory has its headquarters at Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) and comprises the entire Malayalam-speaking area known as Kerala State.

Territorial Leadership

Colonel John William Polimetla - Territorial Commander

Colonel Ratna Sundari Polimetla - Territorial President of Women's Ministries

Lieut-Colonel Gurnam Masih - Chief Secretary

Lieut-Colonel Razia Gurnam - Territorial Secretary for Women's Ministries

Territorial Headquarters

The Salvation Army

Postal address

PO Box 802
Thiruvananthapuram 695 003
Kerala State

Contact us

Tel: [91] (471) 2314626/2723238


State included in the territory: Kerala

Languages in which the gospel is preached: English, Malayalam, Tamil

Periodicals: Home League Quarterly (Malayalam/English), The Officer (Malayalam), Youdha Shabdam (Malayalam), Yuva Veeran (Malayalam)