History



It began with a movement in the 80’s with one Indonesian university student, Pastor Jimmy Oentoro, in the West Coast of USA that gave birth to the IFGF church. The movement started and spread into more cities from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Fresno and Oklahoma with God’s guidance.

The IFGF Houston church started with one calling to a simple man who answered the call of God. With a heavy heart leaving Fresno where most of his friends were, Pastor Somi Pranoto and family moved to Houston. It was a hard good-bye but also marked a new excitement for the work of God in Houston. IFGF Houston started as a house church with only twelve people in attendance at Brother David Trisna’s residence in Friendswood, Texas. The fellowship started as a Bible Study, which was the foundation of the church, and was supported by Pastor Paulus Kristanto and other IFGF pastors and leaders from Fresno, Los Angeles, Oklahoma, and local leaders such as David Trisna and Simon and Mary Kaonang.

A Revival Crusade run by Pastor Jimmy Oentoro on June 26th 1993 inaugurated the church. The official Sunday Service began in June at Evangel Assembly of God. The church grew and was blessed. In November 1994, the church planted an IFGF church in Austin, Texas, and then in the summer of 1995, it planted another IFGF church in Dallas. Subsequently, in 2001, IFGF Houston Church was blessed with a piece of land located in the Bellaire and Wilcrest area. The church building was finally dedicated and opened for use starting in February 2005.

During IFGF World Conference in 2003, IFGF proclaimed the theme “United to Bless the Nations” as its vision. In accordance with this vision, the name Indonesian Full Gospel Fellowship was changed to International Full Gospel Fellowship to reach the nations. With this continued spirit of “United to Bless the Nations,” IFGF Houston started an English-speaking service in 2008, which are currently made up of a wide variety of people (which includes Hispanic, Asian and African American communities). With togetherness and unity in our hearts, the church continued to grow and bless the surrounding community with many events and missions including church planting in 3 cities in Ecuador (Quito, Ambato and Lago Agrio).

Just recently, we have expanded and added another service for Vietnamese congregation in the community. Our growth prompted us to build the second building, a multi-functional venue, to meet the needs of our congregations as well as the community.