Perinteinen Baptistiseurakunta was organized into a church in June 1996 with seven charter members under the leadership of missionary Pastor Tom Ruhkala.
Following the collapse of the Soviet Union from 1991 to 1999, Pastor Tom accepted invitations to preach in Russian Baptist churches and teach seminars from St. Petersburg to Murmansk. Perinteinen Baptistiseurakunta provided much-needed Russian Christian literature and other necessities for the believers there.
In April 2006, the church decided to focus on an international ministry in the city of Tampere, and International Baptist Church was launched. Sunday services, Bible studies, and evangelistic outreaches are now conducted in English, but there are always opportunities for non-English, Finnish-speaking nationals as well.
In May 2018, Miska Wilhelmsson was installed as the first national pastor of International Baptist Church.
We desire to proclaim God’s glory through the Gospel of grace for the joy of all generations and peoples in our worship and service. Our meetings emphasize the clear preaching and teaching of the Word of God. Following Sunday Services is a time of fellowship around the coffee table where the Pastor is available to personally meet with you if you should so desire.
We welcome everyone to our Sunday services and Bible studies. It would be our joy for you to join us when we meet together around the Word.