Led by Monovah Nickelson, the church first began through village outreach ministries where the gospel was preached and followed by healing ministry. Many were saved through these crusades and became the first members of the new churches that were planted. As the churches grew and expanded, they felt the need to train men to serve in ministry. India Full Gospel Bible College was then begun, to train young men and women to pioneer the work of the church planting ministry.Since then, many graduates have gone out and planted branch churches across India. Philadelphia Churches of India now has about 35 branch churches around the country.