International Apostolic Council (IAC)

Advancing the kingdom of God with the power, love, and effectiveness of Jesus Christ

History of the International Apostolic Council (IAC)

The International Apostolic Council (IAC) (founded by John G. Lake in 1914) is an association of ministers, ministries, and churches that have agreed to work together for the advancement of the Gospel of The Kingdom of God as proclaimed, lived, and demonstrated through Jesus Christ and His Apostles.

Curry R. Blake (General Overseer of John G. Lake Ministries) oversees the International Apostolic Council after being appointed by Rev. Wilford H. Reidt (John G. Lake’s son-in-law) and Gertrude Lake (John G. Lake’s daughter).

More details from Wilford Reidt as told to Curry R. Blake

“In April of 1914, John G. Lake went to Hot Springs, Arkansas to participate in the formation of an association of Pentecostal fellowships that would become known as The Assemblies of God. Later in 1914, Lake would travel to London, England. While he was there he founded The International Apostolic Council. At the outbreak of World War 1 he was asked to leave England because of America’s neutrality.

For a little over one year he continued using the name International Apostolic Council, but in February of 1915, he decided to change the name to “The International Apostolic Congress” to lessen any confusion that might arise with “The General Council of The Assemblies of God”. This name was used as the umbrella organization for all churches started by Lake or anyone that affiliated with him until he died in 1935. Lake’s main work was centered in Spokane, Washington.

In 1934, less than a year before his death, he announced the founding of what he called a “School of the Prophets”. (This term was regularly used by Apostolic or Pentecostal people as a generic name for a Bible School.)  When I (Wilford Reidt) came under Dr. Lake’s ministry in 1931, I knew I had finally found what I had been looking for. Later I married his daughter Gertrude and we set about to re-establish and perpetuate Dr. Lake’s ministry by publishing most of the sermons he had preached. His wife Florence had been a stenographer and had taken down his sermons in shorthand from the front pew. We decided to keep the organizational name as it was when he died, until such a time as someone that would pick up the ministry and carry it on in it’s intended fashion came along. This corresponded with a prophecy that was given by Lake one year to the day before he died. Because of that prophecy and how closely you fit it and because of the way in which you have pursued the anointing that Lake carried, I decided, after over nine months of prayer to allow you to pick up the ministry and revert it back to it’s original name.

Gertrude and I wanted someone that would not only keep the ministry alive and going, but who also seemed to have the hunger and committment to see it become what it was intended to be, which was a fellowship of churches and ministries of all kinds that could join together and discuss various topics without becoming a denomination. The perpetuation of the healing ministry was also a great concern for us. While we have seen many healings, I know my own ministry has never come close to the degree of intensity that Lake had for the gospel of healing. I only pray that you will continue to pursue the healing ministry with fervor.”

Wilford H. Reidt Nov. 1986

The International Apostolic Council (IAC) Today

IACAs the continuing, organized embodiment of the vision of John G. Lake, the International Apostolic Council continues as Dr. Lake intended — as a fellowship of ministers united in vision, purpose, heart, and the power and effectiveness of Christ.  The IAC is not a denomination, it is a fellowship of likeminded believers representing ministries and churches who have agreed to advance the Kingdom of God together as modeled by Jesus Christ.

Ministers, ministries, and churches who choose to affiliate and become part of the International Apostolic Council generally do so after coming to understand the power and authority of Christ in the believer. The Divine Healing Technician Training is generally a first step in this direction.

LifeTeams, small teams of believers who understand their authority in Christ and are committed to reaching communities and fulfilling the Great Commission of making disciples, are the grassroots fellowships whereby the Saints Movement (this Biblical understanding finding expression through believers) is globally perpetuated.

LifeTeams sometimes function within existing IAC affiliated church structures, and sometimes without.  For some people a LifeTeam is their main place of fellowship, for others, it is an additional fellowship, training, and outreach team.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like more information about LifeTeams, becoming affiliated with the International Apostolic Council (IAC) in Africa, or if you’d like to host the Divine Healing Technician (DHT) training seminars at your church or ministry.  There is no charge for these trainings, as our sole desire is “for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” (Eph. 4:12-13)

God’s Generals.  Understand what they understood.  Go beyond and further.  God is no respecter of persons.

For the glory of God; the salvation of mankind; the freedom of the oppressed; the liberation of the bound; the relief of the suffering.

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; he has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind. To set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” (Luke 4:18-19)

“Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”  (2 Cor. 6:2)  

“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.”  (2 Cor. 1:20)

John G. Lake Ministries