The organization traces its history to 1975, when the then ACK Diocese of Maseno South launched an Integrated Rural Development Program (IRDP) as a means through which it promoted community health initiatives, food production, and appropriate technology and education programs. In 1981, the then Church of Province of Kenya (CPK) established a Provincial Board of Christian Community Services (PBCCS) that initiated a church development consultative meeting, which largely focused on expansion of the church ministry, around May 1983. The ministry was to cater for rural and urban poor by precipitating development and established provincial diocesan office and development offices (Christian Community Services (CCS)).
It was also charged with developing critical awareness about what was happening to the people. As a result, CCS became the development arm of the church focusing on program development and service delivery.The integration of various Diocesan Development Departments into broader regional development platforms led to the formation of the Inter Diocesan Christian Community Services (IDCCS) in 1997 that later rebranded to ADS– Nyanza in 2010.
Since 1997, the organization has promoted transformational human development that stimulated equality in the sharing of the full benefits of God’s abundant resources.