ACTS (an acronym for Agriculture, Crafts, Trades and Studies) was founded in July 1979 vide Society Act No. 80 / 79-80 in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. Today, the ACTS Group of Institutions has spread all over India and is known internationally for its appropriate education programmes, both theological and secular.

ACTS Institute began as a vision given to Dr. Ken Gnanakan during his Doctoral studies in London in May 1977. Returning to India in October 1978 Dr. Ken Gnanakan set out to implement what is today a unique training programme for young people in India. The vision was a direct result of reading the book of Acts, which is the description of the early church in practical demonstration of the love of the Lord Jesus.

The programme started in a housing colony in a suburb of Bangalore on July 1, 1979. Eleven young people came out successfully after their two year training and today are in various ministries. Some are in conventional Christian ministries while others are attempting to demonstrate the integration of Work, Worship and Witness, the central driving force of the ACTS vision.

Over the years ACTS has trained thousands of students who have benefited from the intensive programmes provided on its spacious campus outside of Bangalore. We have been providing one year certificate, two year diploma and three year degree programmes, giving students a wide variety of opportunities for practical service in real life situations.

Our stress has constantly been on a practical ministry orientation. Sensing the need for a higher level of training, we introduced a new degree programme in August 1989. This Bachelor of Arts in Ministry (B.A. Min) degree maintained all the ACTS distinctives. The programme is as demanding as the Bachelor of Theology offered by Bible Colleges, but offers the ministry orientation so urgently needed for service in all kinds of areas of Christian service today. We went on to add the M.A. in Ministry, M.Div, M.Th, Ph.D. and D.Min programmes to cater to the need for higher education.

We are a community, seeking to develop holistically so that a more powerful and practical witness for Jesus Christ could be built up. The programme is built on a desire to integrate Work, Worship and Witness and has introduced a unique way of theological education.