Pastor Esther Bharathi

Pastor Esther Bharathi is India's first transgender pastor from the Evangelical Church of India (ECI) branch in Chengalpattu, India. She goes by her first name as Pastor Bharathi.
Early life
Pastor Esther Bharathi was born in Tuticorn as the third child and first son to a Hindu family.  Her parents named her "Bharath Raja." She was constantly taunted by classmates and neighbors for being feminine. "I became a loner and could not even complete Class 12," she told Times of India.
At the age of 12, she converted to Christianity after a sister from a local church took her in a few years ago. In the year 2000, she was baptized. Bharathi underwent sex change surgery in 2007 to complete her transformation to a woman.
Bharathi finally studied Bachelor of Divinity at Madras Theological Seminary and College in Chennai.
Two months after her graduation, she was sent to lead a congregation of about 40 parishioners in Natarajapuram, a village approximately 60 km away from Chennai. Bharathi conducts service in Tamil and English every Sunday. Her estranged family have finally embraced her transgender status and are proud of her work towards society.
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