H. G. Joseph Mar Dionysius Metropolitan,
present President, was born on 15th June
1956 as the son of Mr. T. V. Mathai and Mrs.
Aleyamma Mathai of Thekkil Kandathil family
in Valanjavattom, Thiruvalla, Kerala. He is a
member of St. Mary's Orthodox Church,
Valanjavattom in Niranam Diocese. He
became a member of Mount Thabor Ashram
on 15th July 1971. He obtained his Master's
Degree from Madras University and won the
“Chithanass" award and the gold medal in
1981. Later he obtained M. Phil and Ph. D.
Degrees from the University of Kerala. He
was awarded B.D. degree from the
University of Serampore and was ordained
deacon in July 1980. He was ordained as a
priest on 4th December 1985. He has
undergone special training in Christian
leadership from the Haggai International
Institute, Singapore in 2005.