International Gospel Centre was founded by Rev. and Mrs. D.J. Emmerson.

Rev. D.J. Emmerson began his ministry in the late 1940’s as an evangelist. He pastored several churches before moving to Kitchener Waterloo in 1960. During a very unique experience he heard the audible voice of God say “It is now time to open a church in Kitchener.” He and his wife Edna began with three families in a YMCA room. After holding services in several rented facilities they purchased the first church at 335 Lancaster St. In 1970 a move was made to 35 Charles St E. In 1987 they dedicated a new large auditorium at the same location. They are both pioneers and patriarchs. They transitioned to their eternal home in heaven, Mother Emmerson on Oct 18, 1998 and Rev. D.J. Emmerson Feb 2, 2011.