Island Gospel Centre was established in 1983 under the leadership of Pastor Bruce Schwindt and his wife Kay. A small school building prominently located on the highway near Bowser, BC, became available after a new school was built to serve the community and that former school building became home for the new church. Midweek meetings were held at the Schwindt's home in Deep Bay.
Interest in the new work grew steadily and the new assembly gradually attracted attenders from Parksville and Qualicum Beach to Union Bay, an area known as Vancouver Island's "Lighthouse District". Outreach activities into the local communities resulted in steady growth of the new work, while formal affiliation with The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada extended its influence through national and international missions.
Lively music and loving fellowship have marked the "spiritual DNA" of this church from its inception to the present day. Over the years, IGC has been a blessing to the communities it serves and to the many who have gratefully called it their church home.
Pastor Bruce and Kay Schwindt retired as pastors in 2005, and were succeeded by Pastor Colin and Shirley Meikle. After the Meikles retired in 2013, Pastor Bob and Phyllis Mitchell were called to serve in the Lead Pastor role, retiring at the end of July, 2016. Phil Harlow and his wife Marie, who had joined the pastoral team during Pastor Meikle's tenure, continued to serve the church family of Island Gospel Centre until the end of December 2016. Ken Lamden and his wife Rhonda were hired as interim pastors in August 2016 and were called to full time ministy at IGC effective January 1, 2017.