Prof. M.Y.Yohannan was born in a middle class agricultural family in Kadayiruppu, Kolenchery, Kerala. A man drenched in tears, who faced five deaths. Three of his brothers died before his birth. He lost his father at the infant age of one and his surviving brother when he was two years old. He could not continue his education after passing out from the tenth standard as he was forced to take up the responsibility of managing his family affairs and working in the farm desolate and desperate.
His life blossomed at the age of seventeen when he surrendered his entire life to Jesus Christ, the LORD, and received born again experience while attending a Gospel meeting at his local church. When a man receives a born again experience, his deeds and words are changed. But the transformation of the inner-man, thoughts, attitudes, the old nature, etc. is the genuine sign of a true Christian.
Prof. Yohannan started his career as a teacher in the school where he had studied. During his nine-year tenure in the school, he took his graduation and post graduation, as a private student, in arts with first ranks from the Kerala University. Later, he took B Ed degree also with University rank. In 1964, he joined St. Peter’s College and continued there for the next thirty-three years. He was appointed Principal of the same college in 1995 and retired after two years.
Even as a young teacher, he was an active member of a voluntary gospel missionary group in Kerala. Many well reputed and respected clergy as well as laymen sincerely participated in the activities of this Voluntary Missionary Society, which in Malayalam, was known as “Swamedhaya Suvisesha Sangham”. As a result of its earnest effort on evangelisation, a large number of people received spiritual enlightment in the Jacobite/Orthodox and other churches. In 1973, a great spiritual revival swept over Kerala. Prof. Yohannan was in the forefront of this movement, inspired by the following divine words..
“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” -2 Chronicles 7:14
“Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God.” -Matthew 5:8
“Without holiness, no one will see the LORD.” -Hebrews 12:14
By the later half of the nineties, since the spiritual activities of Prof. Yohannan covered a wider spectrum, the fellowship was registered as an inter-denominational religious and charitable trust under the Charitable Societies Act, in the name and style of ‘Christian Revival Fellowship (CRF)’ with Prof. Yohannan as the founder President and its registered office at Kolenchery, Kerala. Thus as a humble endeavour of like-hearted people, who had committed their life to the service of Jesus Christ, without any distinction on cast, creed, denomination or religion, the CRF was established.