History of IBCD

The International Baptist Church of Düsseldorf began, back in 1983, as a small home Bible study; made up of American and British people living and working in Düsseldorf and the surrounding area.

In early 1984, shortly before most of the group were to be transferred back to the U.S. and the United Kingdom, they had to make a decision. Namely, should they continue as a house Bible study group – and hope that others would come in and help keep it going – or should they seek to establish an international, English language church; directed toward reaching the many internationals coming to Düsseldorf and the surrounding area to work?

The group began to pray about this matter, and felt very strongly that they should seek to begin an international type church. They counseled with Dr. John Merritt, Executive Secretary of the English language European Baptist Convention (now known as International Baptist Convention). He suggested that they contact the Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention in the U.S.A., and request the Mission Board to send a missionary couple to Düsseldorf to begin such work here.

With the help of the European Baptist Convention (EBC) the Düsseldorf Baptist Mission (DBM) was founded as a mission in the first half of 1984. DBM was sponsored by the Emmanuel Baptist Church, Kerkrade, The Netherlands, who also supplied the first pastor Steven Garnett.

As of Oct. 1984 DBM had 8 members and one member in the Pastoral Care Program.
Düsseldorf Baptist Mission celebrated their first Thanksgiving as newly founded mission on Nov. 25th, 1984.

The church met each Sunday at the American International School of Düsseldorf (AISD, now known as International School of Düsseldorf) in Düsseldorf-Kaiserswerth and even it was founded as a Baptist church it started to reach out right away to everyone “God’s Word says that all Christians are “one in Christ Jesus.” We welcome everyone and invite all to come …” stated Steven Garrett in a letter dated Dec. 3rd, 1984,

In May of 1985, Dr. and Mrs. W.J. DeLay were appointed by the Foreign Missionary Board to come to Düsseldorf. They arrived in Germany in October 1985. They lived for a short time in Bremen, while they studied German at the Goethe Institut. Then, in March 1986, they moved to Düsseldorf to begin the work.

On Dec. 6th, 1992 the Düsseldorf Baptist Mission was transferred into an independent church and International Baptist Church of Düsseldorf (IBCD) was constituted. At that time IBCD had 53 members and an average weekly attendance of 100-135 which came from 19 different nations. IBCD joined as a full member the European Baptist Convention (now known as International Baptist Convention) in 1993 and continued to meet at the International School of Düsseldorf (ISD) in Kaiserswerth before they changed the location to the building of the German Baptist Church in Ratingen (Evangelisch Freikirchliche Gemeinde Ratingen). During that time the choir was formed and regular practices started.

In 1996 IBCD leased the land and purchased the buildings at Am Bauenhaus 30, 40472 Düsseldorf for 660.000 DM and moved from Ratingen to Düsseldorf-Rath. The purchase was supported by 10 families giving 10.000 DM each. At the same time IBCD applied for a license to operate an interdenominational Christian pre-school. The license was granted on July 1st, 1996 and in September of the same year Noah’s Ark was opened, Jane Bacon, wife of Rev. Darwin Bacon was the first Director of Noah’s Ark.

In 1997 Noah’s Ark had already 18 kids enrolled from nine different nations.

Rev. Darwin Bacon was the last pastor for IBCD supported by the Foreign Mission Board. Before he left he worked with the Church Council to determine if the church was strong enough to be self supporting. At that time IBCD was running about 120 attendants in worship and Noah’s Ark was at capacity. The church leadership worked through a plan of self determination and the church voted to become self-supporting. Dr. Glen Iglehart was supported by the Foreign Mission Board as well, but served only as an interim pastor before Ricardo Machine started as the first self-supported pastor.

In 2003 IBCD did major rework on the sanctuary to increase seating capabilities from 120 to 180.

The dorm was badly damaged due to a fire in March 2012, which led IBCD to the largest rebuilding project since purchasing the buildings in 1996. The rebuilding led to more space for Noah’s Ark and gave the possibility to start with a dedicated children church. The New Children Wing was opened in August 2013 just in time for the new year of Noah’s Ark. In 2015 Noah’s Ark was closed.

IBCD reached its 20 year anniversary in December 2012 and celebrated this important milestone with a fun filled weekend in May 2013.

Today IBCD hasaround 100 members and a weekly attendance of around 150. IBCD offers two weekly services on Sunday at 10.15 am and 4 pm, several small groups and bible study classes during the week as well as other opportunities for fellowship.

Below you will find a list of all pastors at IBCD since the church started
Steven Garnett
Dr. Bill Delay with his wife Cathy
Maurice Fain with his wife Delorus
Rev. Darwin Bacon with his wife Jane
Dr. Glenn Igelhart with his wife Nancye
Ricardo Machine with his wife Judy
William Wade with his wife Tulsi
David Packer with his wife Lana
Harry Smith with his wife Joyce
Jeff Hinman with his wife Cindy

Websites:
Emmanuel Baptist Church, Kerkrade, The Netherlands: http://www.ebc-nl.org/
International School of Düsseldorf: http://www.isdedu.de/
International Baptist Convention: http://www.ibc-churches.org/
Foreign Mission Board: http://fmbnbc.org/aboutus.html
For History of Baptist Churches in Germany, visit http://www.baptisten.de/en/headquarters-english/