The History of the WCICC

The Year was 1987; Rev. Dr. John Lupoli was serving as the International Youth Director for the International Council of Christian Churches. In addition, Dr. Lupoli served as the Youth Director and Head of the Bible Department for Faith Christian School of the Bible Presbyterian Church in Collingswood New Jersey under the direction of Rev. Dr. Carl McIntire.

Rev. Dr. Carl McIntire (1906-2002)

During a time of supervision and training directly under Dr. McIntire; Dr. Lupoli became involved in the international mission affairs of the Bible Presbyterian Church and the International Council of Christian Churches.

On July 19, 1873, seven men, C.S. Pearce, Theo DeBon, A.G. Cattell Jr., R.B. Lewallen, William Maines, John S. Wilson, and Eli Maines incorporated the Union Sabbath School Association of the Methodist Episcopal Church in New Jersey. John S. Wilson and his wife provided the land to build the New Church and School.

These men had the wisdom to set aside the land and a church / school for the purpose of preaching the gospel and teaching the Word.

From the deed” for the purpose of erecting upon the said lot …suitable building or buildings in which Sabbath Schools, Religious Meetings for the promotion of literature and Science lectures….”

Over the years the church’s name has evolved several times. At the time of the founding of the World Council of Independent Christian Churches the church was named Lenola Bible Church. Rev. Dr. John Lupoli was the pastor of this church.

It would be from this church that the World Council of Independent Christian Churches and its Seminary, Mount Sinai International Seminary will continue in a long line of doctrinal purity and Educational excellence in training men and women to serve the Lord.

The Thirteenth World Congress Meeting of the International Council of Christian Churches was held on August 8-17, 1990 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. During this meeting Dr. Lupoli was introduced to Rev. Dr. Edward Thomas Chikumba of Wa La La Mission in Namadzi Malawi. Dr. Chikumba was a member of the Executive Committee of the International Council of Christian Churches.

Several months after the World Congress, Dr. Lupoli received a phone call from Dr. Chikumba requesting assistance for his village as Malawi was experiencing a severe drought and the people of Malawi were dying. Dr. Lupoli brought this need to the attention of Dr. McIntire and the congregation at Lenola Bible Church where he was the pastor.

A mission’s trip to Malawi Central Africa, was born and financed by the members of Lenola Bible Church in New Jersey.

It was during this trip that Dr. Lupoli, Dr. Chikumba and other members of the mission team began the discussions on what would become the World Council of Independent Christian Churches.

The name was coined by the first Elder of the WCICC, Rev. Dr. Edward Thomas Chikumba. Rev. Chikumba was the chief Elder of Wa La La Mission in Namadzi, Malawi. Today only one of the original Elders remain Rev. Dr. John Lupoli.

The World Council of Independent Christian Churches was born out of a need for mutual fellowship, support and doctrinal purity.

In the world today; many churches have been forced to become independent because of the latest trends of liberalism, loose morality and compromise with the Word of God by many mainline denominations. There was and is a need and a means of fellowship, inter-communion, mutual ecclesiastical collaboration, training and, support for independent congregations and clergy. We provide a wide variety of programs and services to the body of Christ.

The World Council of Independent Christian Churches was born and was incorporated on March 24, 1993

The World Council of Independent Christian Churches provides a wide variety of programs and services to the body of Christ.

In July 1994 the World Council of Independent Christian Churches became a US Federally Approved Tax Exempt Religious Organization.

The WCICC is a recognized ecclesiastical endorsing agent by the U.S. Department of Defense, US Department of Justice and the US Veterans Administration.

The WCICC was approved in 1996 and is an accredited NGO (Non Governmental Organization). The WCICC is accredited by the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council and has been granted Consultative Status in Category II.

The WCICC was approved in 1996 and is an accredited NGO (Non Governmental Organization) registered with the Department of Public Information and is responsible for the dissemination of information.

With international recognition the WCICC has been greatly instrumental in ensuring the safety of member churches in many nations. We offer a powerful network to our members for mutual needs and common concerns.

The WCICC is the true reflection of the diversity of the body of Christ

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From Pakistan
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From Poland
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I am now 82 years old, in fair health, and continuing to serve our Master. May HE bless your life and work!

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From India
Thanks for your regular emails. I am very much thankful for your kind remembrance of me. We are sincerely remembering you, your beloved family and your ministry in our prayers. May the Lord JESUS CHRIST bless you with peace, prosperity and good health all the days of your life according to Exodus 23:25.
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From Pakistan
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I am really thankful for you and for the WCICC membership notification letter. The WCICC has accepted me with all privileges. I am thankful of your kind Consideration. Evangelist S R – Pakistan

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