Epaphras: Lovely, spoken of by Paul
(Colossians 1:7; 4:12) as "his dear fellow-servant,"
and "a faithful minister of Christ." He was thus evidently with him
at Rome when he wrote to the Colossians. He was a distinguished
disciple, and probably the founder of the Colossian church. He is
also mentioned in the Epistle to Philemon
(Philemon 1:23) where he is
called by Paul his "fellow-prisoner."