IBCM began as an idea in the mind of Cary Quillin, a Texas attorney and a bi-vocational pastor of the International Baptist Church of Zurich, Switzerland during his earthly ministry. He asked a CPA friend in Texas, Randy Stevens, to help file the papers for a religious organization, which would assist Baptist churches in Europe. Cary and Randy wrote the Articles of Incorporation and Randy filed them with the Texas Secretary of State. At the suggestion of Dr. James Heflin, General Secretary of the European Baptist Convention, Dr. Charles McIlveene, Dr. Larry J. Jones and Mrs. H.C. (Ruth) Bryson were named as Texas directors.
Dr. Rudy and Mrs. Pam Oswald of Florida, elected later as officers, had also expressed interest. International Baptist Church Ministries was approved on November 3, 1997 as a non-profit corporation and given charter number 01466023.
To get the corporation functioning, a meeting was held October 22, 1998 in Garland, Texas with the three directors present. Bylaws, qualifications and application for membership were adopted and officers elected.
The first annual meeting of IBCM was on January 16, 1999 in Richardson, Texas. The four officers and three directors were present, plus seven guests. Charter memberships were authorized through July 31, 1999 and the seven guests plus the officers and directors became the first of 38 charter members.
Officers for 1999 were elected and a bank account was authorized with paid membership dues at Bank of America because the bank had branches in both Texas and Florida. A loan for $2,500 was authorized to pay for start-up expenses of the corporation. An attorney, Brett Flagg, was hired to help file papers with the IRS to obtain tax-exempt status. Application papers were filed in March 1999 and the IRS granted the corporation tax-exempt status on August 27, 1999. The corporation has begun receiving gifts and making disbursements.
While founding members Cary Quillin and Dr. Charles McIlveene have gone onto their Heaven home, IBCM continues to honor their legacy, their vision that IBCM would seek to share the Gospel throughout the world.