IPC West Bengal State: India Pentecostal Church of God is the largest indigenous Pentecostal Movement India. IPC West Bengal State is its movement in West Bengal.
Kolkata is the City where Dr. William Carey the father of modern missions worked and created history. He worked in and around The City known as “the City of Joy” and the “City of Mother Teresa” is well known worldwide for different reasons and needs no more introductions. It is the gateway of India, through which, the East India Company came and conquered the whole of India. It was the Capital of India for a long time. Though Kolkata has a great heritage, it is a fact that the Churches have not grown here. The Christian population is only 0.72 % in West Bengal.
In the year 1935 the founder president of I.P.C. Pastor. K. E. Abraham visited Calcutta along with Pastor. P. T. Chacko. From that time onwards there was a regular visit of the leaders to Calcutta and they helped the Pentecostal movement in Calcutta. Pastor C. T. Thomas visited Calcutta in 1949 and Pastor. P.T. Chacko, Pastor. P.M. Philip, Pastor. K. J. Philip Pastor. V.T. Thomas and many others visited Calcutta later on. In the sixties, the need to plant a Church was felt and Br. Gee Varghese took the initiative of starting a local Church and getting it accepted by IPC General Council. Later when the Church members mainly Malayalies left Calcutta the Church was discontinued.
In 1983 the work was restarted in Calcutta under the Northern Region of IPC General Council by few believers. The first Church of IPC in Kolkata was IPC Kolkata Prayer Center. It was a Malayalam Church. The need to start a Bengali Church was felt and after much prayer and effort by the believers and Pastors, the first Bengali Church ‘IPC ChristeSohobhagita’ started in 2007. Soon a Mission Board was formed by IPC Kolkata Prayer Center and work spread to Baguihati (North Kolkata) and to Kharagpur.
In 2009 IPC Kolkata zone was formed under IPC General Council for the furtherance, improvement, and better administration of the work and with an intention to plant more Churches under the leadership of Pastor P.A. Kurian. Soon IPC Kolkata Bible Training Center was started to train native ministers of the Gospel and the work spread to different villages in West Bengal. In 2016 IPC General Council has granted the status of State to Kolkata Zone. Now the ministry of IPC West Bengal State is growing under West Bengal State Council.