Believers Church installed Bishop Lal Vanderwall as the first bishop of Believers Church Diocese of Colombo on 12th July 2017. Dr. KP Yohannan, Metropolitan presided at the installation ceremony.
The rite of installation was followed by a public event which began with lighting of the lamp by Metropolitan, Dr. K.P. Yohannan and the chief guests. Hon. Minister John Amaratunga (Minister of Religious & Christian Affairs), Hon. Minister Mano Ganeshan (Minister of National Co-existence, Dialogue & Official Languages), Minister Athauda Seneviratne (Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister), Venerable Rev. Kandane Jinananda (Chief Incumbent of Siriwardanaramaya, Kandana), Swami Kali Kanagaratnam (Chief Priest Hindu Kovil, Colombo), Sheikh Fazil Farook (Administrator of All Ceylon Jammiyathul Ulamma [ACJU]), DIG Roshan Fernando (Senior Director Inspector General of Police) and Rev. Dr. Sam Thevabalasingham (Director, Ceylon Every Home Crusade) delivered greetings and felicitations.
The felicitation messages from the Honorable President of Sri Lanka, His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, Honorable Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, Honorable Minister, Sagala Ratnayake (Minister of Defense), Honorable Minister, Rajitha Senaratne (Minister of Health & Indigenous Medicine) and Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police, Pujith Jayasundera, were also read out at the occasion.