An individual formerly associated with Believers Church in India wrote to me about K.P. Yohannan’s letter to Calvary Chapel pastors. I have good reason to believe that this person is credible and has had access to the information I am about to share. In any case, if Believers Church’s officials want to contest this, I will glad print whatever they send.
This individual expressed shock at the disclosure of Yohannan’s salary in the U.S. at $100,000/year. As an aside, former GFA staff who had direct knowledge of the payroll contest that figure by saying he made $120k in 2007. Whatever it is, $100k represents the bottom of the range.
According to my Indian source, Yohannan’s salary is astronomical by Indian standards. The source pointed out that the church pays for everything Yohannan does. My source said this revelation might be surprising to believers in Yohannan’s writings in Revolution in World Missions.
According to this source, the most highly paid Believers Church bishops receive in the neighborhood of $12,000 annually. The source added that many missionaries in the field are only paid $40 to $180 per month. I have been told repeatedly by BC missionaries both current and former that these amounts require them to have other jobs to carry on their ministry.
If these numbers are accurate, then a missionary is paid between $480-2160/year while their Metropolitan is paid at least $100k (perhaps more, no one seems to know if Yohannan gets paid for being Metropolitan).
Believers Church Proverb: Thou shalt not muzzle the Metropolitan.