Our History

The work of South Asia Evangelical Mission began before the organization was registered as a religious and charitable trust in Dharmapuri, Tamilnadu, India. John Scudder, the founder and current president of SAEM, was instrumental in the development of an orphanage while he served with Anderson Memorial Church in Salem.  In the meantime John was occasionally involved in missions work.

On October 1, 2009 SAEM gathered for the first time as a registered board and began evangelization efforts directed at the unreached rural and tribal villages of Salem and Dharmapuri. Each of the board members came from Hindu backgrounds and thus carried a burden to take the gospel to their respective villages.

About John Scudder

John Scudder was born in a village in Dharmapuri, Tamilnadu. He is the first person in his family to finish high school. John had the opportunity to know Jesus Christ from his upbringing in a Christian orphanage, and at a young age he sensed God’s calling to full-time ministry.

John has completed several degrees in higher education:
Bachelor in Theology from Southern Asia Christian College in Chennai

Bachelor of Divinity from Union Biblical Seminary in Pune

Master of Theology in Missions from SAIACS in Bangalore

Master of Arts in English from Annamalai University (Distance Education)

At present John presides over the leadership of SAEM, overseeing the sharing of the gospel to unreached people groups while regularly traveling as an itinerant preacher to promote the work of SAEM.

John has been married for five years to a godly woman named Lilly, and God has blessed them with a beautiful four-year-old daughter named Iniya Abigail.