The Christian & Missionary Alliance began in the late 1800s when God spoke to the heart of A.B. Simpson, a Presbyterian pastor, upon seeing floods of immigrants pour into New York City far from God and largely ignored by the established church. Simpson left his church to start the New York Gospel Tabernacle to welcome the poor, the homeless, the sick and the displaced across the neighborhoods of New York. His ministry to immigrants ultimately led to a grander vision from God to reach the unreached masses of people around the world. With this vision Simpson courageously began to assemble like-minded people with a passion for taking the whole gospel to the whole world. He introduced evangelistic meetings on Sunday afternoons which over time grew into camp meetings and revivals up and down the East Coast. This was the beginning of the Christian & Missionary Alliance—a society devoted to fully living out the life of Christ and completing the Great Commission to make disciples of all people. Having personally experienced a miraculous physical healing, Simpson would go on to center the young movement by recognizing and prioritizing Jesus as our Savior, Sanctifier, Healer and Coming King.
Today more than 2,000 churches are a part of the C&MA family in the U.S. (cmalliance.org). Together we continue to start new churches across the nation and around the world with the driving value to reach the whole person with the whole gospel–it’s the call God has on us as a family. C&MA global staff currently serve in nearly 70 countries planting churches; training national leaders; providing relief and development assistance; delivering medical and dental care; and embracing micro-enterprise projects.