Pastor K.T.Thomas who was serving in the
grace to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. He had a vision for India
and he was the pioneer of Indian Pentecostal Church of God Northern
Region. He started his ministry in 1956 and the Lord used him to plant
several churches in different states of North India. Pastor M.K.Chacko
who hails from Kerala was a pioneer of the Pentecostal movement in
North India. He started his ministry in Delhi, residing at Karol Bagh.
He traveled extensively in North India spreading the gospel. He
baptized Pastor K.T.Thomas and encouraged him in the ministry.
In the year 1969, during the Annual Convention of Delhi Pentecostal
pastored by Pastor K.T.Thomas, the
IPC Northern Region came
into existence. A meeting of the ministers working with Pastor
K.T.Thomas and a few others working independently in North India was
November 7, 1969 at V-10, Green Park Extn., New Delhi 16
under the chairmanship of late Pastor C.K.Daniel and the IPC Northern
Region was formed. A small governing council of seven members was also
formed that day to manage the affairs of the region. The prime purpose
of the formation of IPC Northern Region is the Furtherance of the
Gospel and planting of churches in North India.
From a small
beginning the Lord gave increase to
the labour and many churches were
planted. Presently there a over 500 churches in this region and 40% of
these churches are among various tribal group in Assam, Arunachal
Pradesh, Nepal, Bhutan, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa Gujarat
and Maharashtra. In 1968, to provide leadership for the mushrooming
congregation in these areas we started a Bible School in the name of
Bethel Bible Institute at New Delhi. Most of the present ministers
working in Northern Region have been trained in this Institute. We
have also training centers at Siliguri (West Bengal), Tezpur
an Bhubaneshwar (Orissa). Those Tribal believers having a call and
commitment for ministry are given short term training in these centers
and then placed in their respective areas.
Since the work among
the tribals grew rapidly, there was a felt need to not only continue
the proclamation of the gospel but also promote integrated
socio-economic development among them. Hence the Tribal Ministry of
Northern Region began to function as separate wing in the name of
Tribal Missions India. In addition to the work among these tribal
groups , the work in the non-tribal areas too is progressing The field
reports regularly received by us indicates the increasing number of
souls being added to God's kingdom.
As the work is progressing we are also seeing the enemy trying his
best to hinder the Lord's ministry under taken by IPC Northern Region
and hence to safeguard the organisation from vested interests and uninterruptedly continue the task entrusted to IPC Northern Region it
became necessary to register Northern Region as a separate body. Hence
in 1994 we registered the society as India Pentecostal Church of God
Northern Region (Regn.No.S/26983 of 1994) but affiliated wit the
Indian Pentecostal Church of God, registered in 1935 at Eluru (A.P).
After much prayer and untiring efforts by president Pastor K.T.Thomas,
the Lord was gracious enough to provide us a land at a prime location
of Delhi (14,Bhai Vir Singh Marg) where the Headquarters of the IPC
Northern Region is located. Getting possession of the land was itself
a great struggle and further the construction of the building
much sacrificial giving by Pastor K.T.Thomas and also his efforts to mobilize
donations from well wishers.
For administrative purpose, the society is divided into 5 zones Viz:
1. CENTRAL ZONE: Consisting of Delhi, U.P, Rajasthan and Haryana.
2. NORTH ZONE: Consisting of Punjab, J&K and Himachal Pradesh.
3. SOUTH ZONE: Consisting of Orissa, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra
4. EAST ZONE: Consiting of Assam, Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya,
Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura and borders of Nepal, Sikkim and
5. WEST ZONE: Consisting of Maharastra and Gujarat.