Immanuel Africa Gospel Church-Kericho Town was started in 1974 through mass evangelism. Rev. Stephen Tanaka, the Kenya Highlands Bible College evangelism teacher at the time, had a vision to begin a congregation in Kericho Town.
The first meeting was in a classroom at Highlands Primary School in 1974.The first convert to the church was Mr. Samuel Kitur. Two other members who soon joined and these were: Mr. John Mbugua and Mrs. Raeli Chebelyon. During 1975 and 1976 the church moved to the Patel Brotherhood Building but in 1977 moved back to Highlands until 1983 when four churches (including Africa Gospel Church) were given notice to move out of the school.
In 1983 the congregation met at St. Patrick’s Primary school for a few months. By the end of 1983 a small prefabricated timber structure was purchased from Good Shepherd Church and erected on borrowed ground behind Bethany Bookshop. Rev. Stephen Tanaka and his family returned to Japan in 1977and the denomination appointed a young man who had just been graduated from Kenya Highlands Bible College that year to be the pastor (Joseph Rono). Rev. Rono served as pastor along with numerous other responsibilities from 1978 to December 1991.On January 5th 1992, Rev Paul Leleito was appointed as full time pastor. The following pastors have served in the church as senior pastors since then; Pr. Sammy Kirui, Pr. Jacob Wesanza &Rev. Joyce Tonui. The church has grown from 30 members to the present average of about 1500 adults, 200 youth, and 450 children.
Since 1983 we have had two services-an English service at 9:30 a.m. and a Swahili service at 11:00a.m. every Sunday. Since the year 2010, the service times have changed and we now have both our services conducted in English with the first one starting at 8:30a.m. and the second one at 10: 00 a.m. The plans to build a church began in 1982. When the denomination celebrated its 50th anniversary, the church wanted to honour the first Moderator of Africa Gospel Church, Rev. Johana Ng’etich. For seventeen years we searched for a plot on which to build .It was not until January 1991 that the miracle happened and we were allocated the plot on which our church is erected. After ots completion the name of the church was changed to Immanuel Africa Gospel Church. The church has faced numerous challenges but has continued to grow in every aspect and we praise the Lord for this far He has been our Ebenezer.