Epaphras of Colossae (Colossians)

Epaphras was from Colossae (Colossians 1:7, 4:12) and was likely trained by the apostle Paul in the school of Tyrannus. Epaphras started the church in Colossae (Colossians 1:7-8), and possibly the neigh- boring cities of Laodicea and Hierapolis (Colossians 2:1, 4:13-15). Epaphras was in prison with Paul during his first Roman imprisonment (Colossians 4:12-13, Philemon 1:23).