Early Years in the Faith
Romesh (“Rom”) Prakashpalan grew up in southern California in a Hindu-practicing household. He left the Hindu faith later in his teenage years and professed atheism throughout college and his early adult life. By God’s glorious grace, Rom was converted and born again in early 2009 through the faithful ministry of a pastor preaching through the book of Romans. He was baptized in April 2009 and began regularly attending worship services with his family.
In October of 2009, by God’s providence, Mr. Prakashpalan relocated to the Dallas-Fort Worth (Texas) area for work. In 2010, he became involved in leading a workplace Bible study at his new job. It was around this time that he began to sense an internal call to ministry, in particular, through Hosea 4:6: “My people perish for lack of knowledge.” The Lord directed him to the Westminster Confession of Faith, which Rom says, “finally helped him make complete sense of the Bible.” He began praying the Lord might open an opportunity to enter seminary.
Discovering the RPCNA
In early 2011, the Prakashpalan family joined their first Reformed congregation, a PCA church in Flower Mound, Texas. It wasn’t long before Rom became convicted of Sabbath-keeping and Psalm singing. He discovered the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA) online. However he also learned there were no RPCNA congregations in the Dallas area.
In October 2012, the Prakashpalan family visited the Los Angeles RPC in California. There they met Pastor Nathan Eshelman, who introduced Rom to Pastor Bruce Parnell, the Midwest Presbytery’s Home Mission Board representative. Rom soon made contact with Pastor Mark Koller, who had just transferred into the Midwest Presbytery without a call. Pastor Koller expressed his interest in church planting and he helped facilitate a meeting with the Midwest Presbytery for a potential work in the Dallas area.
From there the Dallas RPC was born! Rom quickly developed a sense of call to the ministry and pursued studies with RPTS. He was recently installed as a co-pastor in Dallas. You can read more about the call and installation here.