The International Fellowship of Charismatic Churches And Ministries, also known as I.F.C.C.M. was founded by Dr Gammons in 2005 and grew out of a coalition of national and international ministries originally 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 renewal within the Catholic Church. This was in direct fulfuillment of a word from Smith Wigglesworth, who had prophesying over him that he would take the pentecostal experience to ALL the mainline denominations and not just to Pentecostals.
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.
With Du Plessis and Meares themselves not being bishops the ceremony was mostly symbolic, but in 1978 they went to Brazil to ordain McAlister as a bishop. However, during the late 1978 dialogues 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. 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 â€œthe heavenly sound.â€ This is why in 1986 the deep purple color was adopted as the official liturgical color of the bishop of the Pentecostal communion.
In 1981 Bishop McAlister acting upon the recommendation of David Du Plessis consecrated John Meares as a bishop. and in 1982 Bishop McAllister consecrated Earl Paulk as bishop, thereby placing him in line of succession. Bishops McAllister and Meares then proceeded to consecrate Benson Idahosa of Nigeria as Bishop, thus forming the original College of Bishops originally called the World Communion of Pentecostal Churches. This organization was to be the fulfillment of the commissioning of Bishop McAlister by the Vatican and Pope Paul VI.
On the death of the Bishop McAllister, John Meares was selected as the new Presiding Bishop and served until his retirement in 1985, when Bishop Paulk was selected. Paulk served as the Presiding Bishop from 1985 Paulk stepped down from leadership shortly before his death. in 2003 Paulk ordained Dr Gammons as Bishop of ICCC in Atlant, Georgia. when Dr Gammons formed I.F.C.C.M. to provide a spiritual home for the growing worldwide network of churches and ministries seeking to be affiliated with him.