Our History

About Paulos Zeyesus

Paulos Zeyesus (Aba Teklemariam Haylu Gebremikael): though his father called him Teklemariam, his mother and other people prefer to call him ‘Paulos’ by his official name which his mother named him. Paulos’s place of birth is the Northern part of Ethiopia for both of his parents are from this place.

For many years, Paulos had learned the multifunction Deacon service in different orthodox monasteries. Afterward, he studied theology for five years at Addis Ababa theological college. On top of that, he studied other departments of theology for three more years. All in all, he spent 22 years of his life learning spiritual education. He is the founder of the ‘Salvation in Christ’ media ministry.



When I was in theological college, I had a habit of spending summer vacations at monasteries for prayer. One year earlier than my graduation, as usual, I left Addis Ababa for summer vacation. I was in ‘Waldba’ monastery for prayer and fasting to gain my righteousness. One day while I was praying earnestly, I saw a vision of crucified Jesus’s blood coming out of his hands and feet. At that moment, I heard a voice speaking to me: “my son what are you doing here? Leave this place quickly and I will show you what to do.” Three days after the vision, I saw a similar vision and again the voice told me that I have to preach the gospel so that people may save from eternal judgment.

In 2007, I graduated in theology by the hand of the patriarch Abune Gorgorios who ordained me as ‘Melake Mihret’. In addition to this, patriarch Abune Ewostatios ordained me as ‘Melake Genet’.  In these positions, I was assigned to administer some orthodox churches in Addis Ababa. Seeing my education and management competencies, the Synods decided to send me to South Africa to administer the ‘Medhane Alem’ church of Johannesburg.

I administered the church for more than a year. Throughout the year, I preached the gospel as much as I had the opportunity. In that year, around 500 people believed in Jesus Christ. Meanwhile, I published my first book called ‘the real faith by the real believer’. Because of the book I wrote and the gospel I preached, the church started to persecute me. I had to leave the church. As I left some of the underground believers also left with me. Yet, the persecution is getting worse. Satan raised evil men to kill me but Lord led me to join a theological seminary for another 4 years.

Preaching and teaching the gospel of Christ to the nations of Ethiopia and Eritrea is our mission. Preaching the gospel to people so that they may believe and make the believers Disciples of Christ is our mission. (Mar 16:15; Mat 28: 19-20).

To attain our vision and mission, we established the ministry called ‘Salvation in Christ’. Thus, we are calling all believers, Ministers, and Christian ministries around the world to join us in our vision and mission. The word of God says, “the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ.” (Eph 1:10) we invite you to work with us so that nations gather together nations in Christ. The second coming of Christ is very near, though it seems delayed (1Pet 3:9). It is our responsibility to wake up and labor for the great harvest. It is a privilege to be assigned to this great mission. So, let’s march hand in hand and fulfill our mission before the time (Dan 12: 3, Mat 25:14-30). May The Lord help us!

I named my ministry ‘Salvation in Christ’ based on the book of Act which says, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none another name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Act 4:2). I have had the vision to reach the nations of Ethiopia and Eritrea through media networks. This vision was started I was in theological college. Its story is as follows:

4 years after I studied theology, at 3:00 AM, on the day 27/10/2016 I saw a vision. In the vision, I saw people’s clothing changing into white as I was preaching to them. In the meantime, I heard a loud voice saying to me: “be prepared; for I will save more than 2 billion people through this ministry.”  I woke up and I wrote what I saw and heard. I was filled with great joy and power. From that day on, I have been preaching the gospel of Christ with courage and power. I have preached in many crusades. People have been watching my ministry through social media and many people have been saved.

Seeing this, Satan raised evil men to kill me. On the day 17/03/2017, I was in a meeting with Eritrean pastor Girmay and Ethiopian pastor Joel at the place called ‘east gate’ (Johannesburg). After the meeting, I was headed to my car. It was then that more than 40 young men from Orthodox Church pointed out a gun to my head and threatened me to denounce my faith. They told me I would be dead unless I confess that:

  1. The Virgin Mary is a savior
  2. The Virgin Mary is our mediator.
  3. Jesus isn’t a Mediator.
  4. And return the orthodox cassock.

However, I told them in boldness that they can kill me if it is God’s will. And I challenged them:

  1. Salvation is only through Jesus Christ.
  2. St. Mary can’t be a mediator.
  3. Only Jesus is the mediator.
  4. I will not return the Cossack because I earned it with honor. In the middle of this, fortunately, the police came and took them to the station.

The next day, I was told to come to the station. The chief told me to sign for the deportation of the men. But I rejected the idea and said, “God forbid I will not sign. If these men are deported because of me, where are my rewards from the Lord?” The Chief replied with amusement, “how is that possible to find a minister like an apostle Paul nowadays?” And he released them without any changes.

Another the same incident happened on the day 19/04/2017. I was outside of my house when the hit-men broke and took more than 300 copies of my books. They burned it in the compound of ‘Medhane Alem’ church and posted it on social media (the copy of the video is on this website). Such persecutions are a lot but God has been faithful in protecting me.

Though the persecution continues, with the help of God, I broadcasted my ministry on a Christian television channel called Elshaddai Television Network for one year. It was a successful ministry. However, I understand that I had to reserve myself from publication for a while. Therefore, I started an underground ministry. As much as the opportunities I had, I preached the gospel in many places.

It was in 2018 that I fully engaged with my vision. I registered my ministry and I attained a legal license from the South African government. Since then ‘Medan TV’ is a registered television ministry in South Africa. Since then we broadcast our ministry through Facebook and YouTube. It is very fruitful. So far, we have reached more than 8500 Ethiopian and Eritrea through our programs. Now we are coming up with a satellite television network so that we can reach more. The 24 hours television service will have much coverage and so is the harvest. 

We believe in One God, eternally existing in three persons: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit, the Creator of all things, holy, sovereign, loving, and infinitely perfect in every way. MEDAN TV believes in the almighty, the great, the perfect, and the unchangeable one God who reveals Himself in three persons.

We believe that God the Father is the one person of the Trinity who is the only absolute, omnipotent ruler in the universe. He gave His only begotten Son to redeem people. MEDAN TV believes that God the Father, in His love mercy, and grace gives eternal salvation through His Son Jesus Christ to those who believe.

Gen 17፡1-2, Gen 22፡16-18, Ex 3፡15, Ex 6፡2-5, Jon 1፡29, Jon 1፡12, Jon 3፡16,

Eph. 4:6, Rom. 8:14, Eph. 1:4-6, Rom. 8:30, Rom. 8:15, Rom. 11:36

We believe in the Son of God, Jesus Christ who is fully God and full man, conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified on the cross for our sins arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and He will reappearance at the last days.  MEDAN TV believes that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, is the founder and head of the church intercede for all mankind who believed in Him, and that He will return for eternal life and judgment.

Mat 1:20-23, Jon 1:1-14, Luk 1:35, Act 17:31, Heb 9:13.

We believe that Holy Spirit is fully divine and person, one with the Father and the Son, yet distinct in person, He convicts the sinner, regenerates, and sanctifies the believer. MEDAN TV believes that Holy Spirit indwells in the body of believers to guide, instruct, and empower for ministry. Gen 1፡2, Jon 16፡7-8, Act 1፡18, Rom 8፡1-4, Gel 4፡6, 2Pet 1፡21.

We believe sixty-six (66) the Scriptures, both Old and New Testament, to be the fully inspired and inerrant Word of God and the only infallible rule of faith and practice. We believe the Scriptures are the final authority for our lives and the standard by which all subsequent revelation is to be evaluated, as well as all church teaching and practice. MEDAN TV believes that the Bible is the sole authorized source of faith and practice of believers.

Lev 8፡35-36, 2Sam 23፡2, Psl 12፡6, Mat 24፡35, Jon 17፡17, 1Thse 2፡3, Heb 4፡12, 2Tim 3: 15-17, Jam 1፡25, Jon 2፡28-9

We believe that the atoning death of Jesus Christ and His resurrection, provide the only way to justification and salvation for all who believe and that only such as receive Jesus Christ by personal faith are born of the Holy Spirit and thus, become children of God. The forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life is a miraculous work of God by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. MEDAN TV believes that mankind is a sinner and salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. 

Is 53፡4- 12, Jon 1፡12-13, Act 13፡38-39, Rom 3፡20-26, Eph 2:8-9

We believe that the Church is composed of all such persons who through the saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. We believe that the “Church Universal” consists of all who confess and live under Jesus’ Lordship, both those on earth and those in heaven. The “Church Local” is a body of believing people in a locality joined together as a church family. MEDAN TV believes in the visible and invisible church. MEDAN TV believes that Jesus Christ is the foundation and founder of the Church and the Head and Leader.

Mat 16፡18, 1Cor 3፡11, Eph 2፡20-22, Eph 5፡23, Heb 3፡1, Act 16፡31, 1Cor 12፡12-27, Gal 3፡26, 1Pet 2፡9-10

We believe that after Christ’s return, there will be a final judgment. All men, the righteous and wicked, shall stand before Him and be judged. Those who have been regenerated, made righteous by Christ’s atonement for their sin, will be rewarded the privilege of ruling with Him and enjoying His eternal presence and blessings, having been fully freed from indwelling sin and given an immortal resurrected body and those who were rebellious and wicked will be eternally separated from God and punished for their sin. MEDAN TV believes, in the second coming, believers will be resurrected with an immortal and incorruptible body.

Dan 12:2, Jon 5፡28-29, 1Cor 15፡20-23, 1Cor 15፡42-44, 1Cor 15፡51

We believe in the existence of the Devil or Satan as a veritable being who, in collaboration with the fallen angels, lead a human being astray and the source of all evil. MEDAN TV believes, before Satan made sin, he was originally a powerful angel created to serve God. Now he is the enemy of God and all mankind, the ruler of the dark world, and will eventually be thrown into the lake of fire with his angels.

Matt 4:1-3, Luke 10:18-19, 2Cor 4:4, Rev 20:10-15

Humankind, created in the image and likeness of God, fell through disobedience, incurring thereby both physical and spiritual death. All people are born with a sinful nature and separated from the life of God, and can be saved only through the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ. MEDAN TV believes that salvation is only through grace and faith in Jesus Christ.

Gen 1፡26-27, Gen 2፡17, Gen 16፡17, Gen 3፡1-22, Jon 8፡44, Rom 5፡6, Rom 5፡8, Eph 2፡1-3, Eph 2፡12.

Humankind, created in the image and likeness of God, fell through disobedience, incurring thereby both physical and spiritual death. All people are born with a sinful nature and separated from the life of God, and can be saved only through the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ. MEDAN TV believes that salvation is only through grace and faith in Jesus Christ.

Gen 1፡26-27, Gen 2፡17, Gen 16፡17, Gen 3፡1-22, Jon 8፡44, Rom 5፡6, Rom 5፡8, Eph 2፡1-3, Eph 2፡12.

We believe it is the will of God that in union with Christ each believer should be sanctified thoroughly thereby being separated from sin and the world and fully dedicated to God, receiving power for holy living and sacrificial and effective service toward the completion of Christ’s commission. MEDAN TV believed that every person saved by the Lord should live a righteous life in Jesus Christ for the glory of God, apart from worldliness and vanity from the day of his salvation.

Jon 17፡15, 2Cor 6:14-18, Tit 2፡11-14

We believe that all believers are one in Christ; all are members of one body of Christ. MEDAN TV believes in all believers’ priesthood, mutual love, respect, and fellowship.

Rom 12፡15, 1Cor 12፡13-26, Eph 4፡1-7

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We believe in paradise, the intermediate state after death, where the believer’s soul goes to heaven and rests with Jesus Christ until the second coming. MEDAN TV believed that Paradise would be a place where the righteous soul would be in heaven with Christ.

Luk 23፡43, Phi 1፡21-23

We believe in hell, the intermediate state after death, where the unbeliever’s soul goes to the underworld and agonizes until the second the coming of Christ.

MEDAN TV believes that hell is a place of torment where unbelievers are kept until the second coming of Christ. Luk 19፡19-31, 2Pet 2፡10

We believe in after the resurrection of the dead, believers live an eternal life with a mortal heavy body in heaven. MEDAN TV believes in the everlasting joy of believers after the second coming of Christ.

Mat 25፡34, Rev 14፡13, Rev 21፡1-7, Rev 22፡1-5

MEDAN TV believes that the lake of fire is a place of eternal torment for Satan, the demons, and the unsaved sinners who will never be saved. We believe in eternal judgment unbelievers the second coming of Christ.

Mat 25፡41, Rev 1:48-11, Rev 20፡10-15, Rev 21፡8