In 2003 Archbishop Paulk and Bishop Kirby Clemments ordained Dr Gammons as Bishop of the ‘International Communion of Charismatic Churches’ (I.C.C.C.), an organization representing over 6000 ministries and over 10 million of members worldwide, including many of the world’s largest Mega-churches, with some congregations alone having in excess of 50,000 members.
Later Dr Gammons founded ‘The World Miracle Church’ to provide a spiritual covering for the growing worldwide network of pastors, churches and ministries seeking to be affiliated with him.
I.C.C.C. grew out of a coalition of national and international ministries formed in 1982. In its inception the organization was used to promote dialogue and unity between historic churches and Charismatic Renewal churches.
In 1975 David Du Plessis (known as Mr. Pentecost) was called upon by Pope Paul VI to create and mediate the ‘Roman Catholic – Pentecostal Dialogues’ to foster understanding and encourage Charismatic renewal within the Catholic Church. This was in direct fulfillment of a word from Smith Wigglesworth, who had prophesying over Du Plessis that he would take the Pentecostal experience to ALL the mainline denominations.
In 1976 David Du Plessis brought Robert McAlister into those dialogues, who was leading a major revival in Brazil among Catholics and Pentecostals alike. McAlister was the son of the former General Superintendent of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (the Canadian branch of The Assemblies of God).
Those dialogues continued from 1976-1978 under Pope Paul VI and for a brief tenure under Pope John Paul II into 1979. In 1978 Robert McAlister felt strongly that it was time for there to be the first ‘Pentecostal Bishop’, the term being the correct Biblical one for oversees in the church. As a result David Du Plessis recommended that he seek special recognition from the Vatican to be sanctioned a bishop with special privileges to be a bridge between Rome and the Pentecostal denominations.
In 1978, although Du Plessis and Meares themselves were not bishops, thereby making the ceremony mostly symbolic, they went to Brazil to ordain McAlister as a bishop. However, when Pope Paul VI heard of the ceremony, he saw it as a gesture of genuine desire to identify with the historical church and defended the actions of the three Pentecostals, calling for McAlister and Du Plessis to be brought before him for commissioning as ‘bishops of special recognition and rights’ thereby establishing them both as direct descendants of apostolic succession.
On that same day in 1978 as a peace gift from the Catholic Church to the newly recognized Pentecostal bishop a purple stole was given to both Bishop Du Plessis and Bishop McAlister by Pope Paul VI. In the presenting of the stole it was stated that while Catholic bishops wear Roman colors to identify with the history of the Church and the blood of the martyrs, the Pentecostals would wear the Purple stole to identify with the blue of heaven and the blood of the martyrs combined, thus signifying the Pentecostals having experienced ‘the heavenly sound.’ This is why the deep purple color was adopted as the official liturgical color of the bishop of the ICCC.