In May 1980, the Dallas Inspirational Choir (DIC) was founded by Evangelist Rickie G. Rush. A phenomenal community choir of 150 people began what was unknowingly a springboard for things to come! DIC’s era ended in 1988 as plans for the Inspiring Body of Christ (IBOC) came to fruition among Pastor Rush and nine others. In the summer of 1990, IBOC was officially founded by Pastor Rush and 63 charter members who joined the vision. The first official church service was held on October 7, 1990, and over the next six months, IBOC’s membership grew to 450 members.
The greatest tragedy next to dying without God and without hope is to stand at the Judgement Day empty-handed having lived in a world full of sinners without winning one person to Christ.
As membership continued to grow, nearly doubling in size in just one year, IBOC was blessed to purchase their first building, the former Southern Bible Institute. They joyously celebrated their first service in the new building on Easter Sunday, 1991. A new version of Sunday School and Bible Study was soon instituted as what is now known as Monday School. With a growing body of worshipers, IBOC went from utilizing overflow rooms to moving to two, three, and then four morning services. In 1995, the church began a radio ministry to extend God’s Word to more people.
On October 3, 1999, God granted a financial miracle and IBOC relocated to a $6 million, 176,000 square foot campus in Dallas, Texas. The state-of-the-art facility features an ice cream parlor, movie theater, fitness center, racquet ball courts, bowling lanes, and a bridal venue. Moving into this building provided room for the first church store and a larger audio-video ministry. During these memorable years, Pastor Rush and the IBOC Church were propelled into the media with numerous newspaper and magazine articles.