The Assemblies of God India Fellowship of North America (AGIFNA) is an ethnic fellowship approved by the General Council of the Assemblies of God in the United States. AGIFNA National conference takes place annually in various cities of North America from 1995 for motivating our younger generation to become effective leaders of tomorrow, mutual edification, fellowship, and renewing friendships. This conference has a powerful influence on all Christian believers of Indian origin living in North America. AGIFNA has become one of the largest conferences among the Malayalee Christians during the last twenty-five years.
Assemblies of God believers and ministers from Kerala have been migrating to the United State of America and Canada since 1960. They established many local churches in various cities in North America. In 1979, a leading AG minister Late Pastor C.M. Varghese called a meeting at New York Gospel Assembly, Richmond Hill, New York. The attendees unanimously selected Pastor C.M. Varghese to be the coordinator for this fellowship called India Home Mission Fund (IHMF). The prime goal of this fellowship was to raise funds for the mission work in Kerala. This was the first organized missions’ effort of AG believers from India in North America. In 1980, The India Home Mission Fund was reorganized and Pastors Joy P. Oommen, Wilson Jose and K.P. Titus were selected to serve as president, secretary, and treasurer. For over two years, that endeavor was used by God to raise three hundred to seven hundred dollars every month and sent it to the AG Malayalam District Council for the new church planting ministry.
By 1990, many churches were established in the North Eastern Region and the need to enlarge and launch a wider mission body became evident in the gathering of ministers and believers. Pastors C.M. Varghese, M.C. Jacob, P.O. Cherian, K.P. Titus, Wilson Jose, V.S. George and Rajan Philip along with many brothers from various AG churches joined, prayed, and formed the Assemblies of God Eastern Region. This fellowship replaced the India Home Mission Fund. Rev. K.P. Titus served as the first coordinator of this AG Eastern Region fellowship and conducted the first convention at Susan B. Anthony High School in New York. The Assemblies of God Eastern Region is growing strong every year.
In 1993, at the 11th Pentecostal Conference of North American Keralites (PCNAK) held in Syracuse, New York, Pastors K.P. Titus, Wilson Jose, and Kunjumon Daniel met together and discussed the need for an AG National Family Conference for believers from Kerala living in North America. Pastor Wilson Jose was entrusted with the task of drafting a letter to call for an organizational meeting. The letter was sent out on October 6, 1993, and the first meeting took place on November 6, 1993, at New York Bible Assembly of God in Floral Park, New York. On that day, the general body formed and named the fellowship as the Assemblies of God India Fellowship of North America (AGIFNA). Pastors K.P. Titus, Kunjumon Daniel, Wilson Jose, and P.O. Abraham was selected to serve the first executives of AGIFNA as president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. Rev. Baby Daniel served as the joint-secretary. Brothers Benny Cherian and Rajan Joseph served as the committee members. The committee had decided to hold the AGIFNA National Family Conference every two years in the beginning. The first family conference was held in 1995 in New York under the banner of Assemblies of God India Fellowship of North America (AGIFNA). In 1999, the general body unanimously decided to hold the National Conference annually from the year 2000. The AGIFNA had twenty-four National Conferences thus far. God willing, this will be the Silver Jubilee conference in Philadelphia, PA from July 20-23, 2023.
AG National Conference is moving forward with a new vision every year. Our goal is to provide sound, biblical teaching, and fellowship in an age of compromise and deceptions. It is our desire to be an encouragement to those who are sincerely following Jesus Christ. We desire to stay in the center of God’s perfect will. He deserves our love and practical obedience as we work to build His kingdom. The AGIFNA National Conference has a powerful influence on all believers from Kerala residing in North America especially the AG believers. There are many AG churches established in all major cities in the United States and Canada. Today, there are thousands of believers worshipping the Lord Jesus Christ in these churches.