About ICCM

The Institute for Cross Cultural Mission is a church-based training and research entity dedicated to equipping current and future Christian leaders for cross-cultural ministry.

The Institute is led by Rev. Dr. Irwyn Ince who serves as Pastor of Cross-Cultural Mission and Director of the Institute. Dr. Ince provides the Institute with vision and operational leadership. In collaboration with Grace DC’s team of pastors, he will also serve as the Institute’s lead teacher, equipper, and mentor.

We have witnessed an ever-growing desire among ministry leaders, churches, and Christian organizations for practical training on how to lead their congregations toward an intentionally multi-racial and multi-ethnic future. In our vision, Christian leaders, formed for cross-cultural mission, are reliable guides with pastoral wisdom and theological depth.

ICCM is seeking to assist current and future church leaders, churches, and denominations who have embraced a biblical vision for diversity by identifying the ways in which leaders shepherd people toward healthy cross-cultural living and ministry. This will include discipleship through teaching, training, and mentoring, and researching matters pertaining to justice and reconciliation ministries.

The Institute aims to become a center of formational gravity in developing high-impact Christian leaders for cross-cultural mission. We need and desire your prayerful and financial support. Would you consider coming alongside us as we begin this good and necessary work?

Statement of Faith

We believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, begotten from the Father before all ages, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made; of the same essence as the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven; he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary, and was made human. He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate; he suffered and was buried. The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures. He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again with glory to judge the living and the dead. His kingdom will never end.

And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life. He proceeds from the Father and the Son, and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified. He spoke through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church. We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look forward to the resurrection of the dead, and to life in the world to come. Amen.

Statement of Christian Unity

ICCM is wholly committed to the historic Christian faith as expressed in the Nicene Creed.

We believe that Christians are united to Jesus Christ by his Spirit and by faith. Therefore, they are united to one another in loving communion. This communion is to be extended to all those in every place who call on the name of the Lord Jesus—from every nation, tribe, people and language. We seek the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace across every dividing line. Such that the Church’s witness would be a life of harmony, glorifying God together with one voice.

About Irwyn

Rev. Dr. Irwyn Ince serves as a pastor at Grace DC Presbyterian Church and director of the Grace DC Institute for Cross-Cultural Mission. Dr. Ince is a graduate of City College of NY (B.E.E.E, 1995), Reformed Theological Seminary (M.A.R., 2006), and Covenant Theological Seminary (D.Min., 2016).

In January 2006, after an eleven year career with Motorola as a systems engineer and project engineering manager, he began full time ministry at Mount Zion Covenant Church in Bowie, MD. In January 2007 Mount Zion merged with New Town Church in Columbia to plant City of Hope Presbyterian Church, where he served as Senior Pastor from 2007-2017.

He and his wife, Kim, have been married 27 years, and have four children (Jelani, Nabil, Zakiya, and Jeremiah). In addition to his passion for his family and for ministry, he is passionate about coffee and CrossFit. He has contributed to the books Heal Us Emmanuel: A Call for Racial Reconciliation, Representation, and Unity in the Church, and All Are Welcome: Toward a Multi-Everything Church.