The Christian and Missionary Alliance is an evangelical denomination that focuses on making disciples by creating church planting movements. It was formed in 1887 from two separate movements that had been started by our founder, Albert B. Simpson.
A.B. Simpson did not originally intend to start a new denomination. Instead, he desired to see churches working together to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). After pastoring Presbyterian churches in Hamilton, Ontario, Louisville, KY and New York City, Simpson founded an independent church in New York City in 1881 that was focused on reaching New York City and the world with the gospel. In 1883, he opened a missionary training college (now Nyack College and the Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, NY).
In 1889, in an effort to get churches working together in sharing the gospel throughout the world, he formed the Christian Alliance. In 1890, he formed the Evangelical Missionary Alliance, which focused on training and sending missionaries throughout the world. By 1897, the two organizations were combined into the Christian and Missionary Alliance.
Today the Christian and Missionary Alliance has over 2000 churches in the United States and has 650 international workers located in 66 countries. Because of the denominational focus on missions, there are now many more Alliance churches throughout the world than there are in North America.
To read more about our denomination, you can visit the Christian and Missionary Alliance’s website.