North Dallas Church of God, the first Malayalee Pentecostal church in the northern suburban area of Dallas, Texas,was established in May 1985. It was the answer to our earnest prayers and the fulfillment of our long cherished dream. Our hearts are filled with thanks to God for all the provisions and grace that He has showered upon this church. We are strongly resolved to stand in the Dallas Fort-Worth metroplex to extend the love of our Lord Jesus Christ in the community and to do our best in the propagation of the gospel around the world.
As we look back through the last 30 years, we can only say as Samuel had said, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.” Without His help and blessings, we could not have come this far. We are grateful to the Lord for enabling us to withstand the challenges that came against us over the years. We give all the glory and honor to our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Malankara Malayalee believers of nearly 2000 years of Christian heritage began migrating to the United States of America from the late 1960s and early 70s. Many first and second generation Pentecostal believers who migrated to this country came with the intention of attending Bible colleges and engaging in other spiritual activities. By the grace of God, when they became permanent residents and citizens of this country, their relatives and their extended families began occupy this area of the country. Thus, now the Malayalee Pentecostal believers have grown to become a large community in the DFW area with over 35 churches and thousands of families.
In the early 1980’s, when the Malayalee Pentecostal families in the DFW area were few in number and living far away from each other, the number of Malayalee Pentecostal churches in the area could be counted on the fingertips of a single hand. The believers in the north Dallas area had to travel a great distance for fellowship and Malayalee Pentecostal gatherings. Therefore, it was the earnest prayer and desire of many believers in this area to find a church of the same faith, at a convenient location.
With that intention, North Dallas church of God was established and registered with the state of Texas in 1985. It was the first and only Malayalee Pentecostal Church in the northern suburbs of Dallas for more than a decade. The official inauguration ceremony of NDCOG was held at the Farmers Branch Church of God facility, on June 29, 1985 as we did not have our own facility. Rev. Wayne Blackshear, the Evangelism Director of the Church of God (Texas State), officially inaugurated the church and affiliated NDCOG with the Church of God organization, an international Holiness Pentecostal Christian denomination with headquarters in Cleveland, Tennessee, USA.
We are proud to be part of this great organization which is the oldest and living Pentecostal denomination in the world. The Church of God Pentecostal movement’s origins can be traced back to 1886 with a small meeting of Christians at the Barney Creek Meeting House on the Tennessee/North Carolina border, making it the oldest Pentecostal denomination in the world. It has grown to become the second largest in the world with worldwide membership over 6 million in over 150 countries.
The first worship service of North Dallas Church of God was held on May 12, 1985, at Bro. Babu K. Iype’s residence located at 3812 McKinley Dr., Plano, TX 75023. Evangelist Johnson Varughese was appointed as the first pastor, and Bro. Babu K Iype as the church Secretary and Clerk. From the early days of this church, Satan had tried every weapon in his arsenal to destroy it in many different ways. But by the grace of God, this church withstood all attacks from the devil and has grown to become one of the major Malayalee Pentecostal churches in the DFW area over the past 30 years. From its very humble beginnings, the almighty God has greatly blessed this church to become a blessing to the community, churches, organizations, and individuals around the world. Our goal is to spread the love of God, to help the needy, and to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the perishing world.