Our story

The story so far

Over 29 million people have tried Alpha in 169 countries, and it has been translated into 112 different languages.

Developed as a short course at HTB in London, UK, in 1990 Nicky Gumbel took over running Alpha and found that many people outside of the church wanted to explore the Christian faith. Alpha now runs in every part of the global church, including the Catholic Church, the Orthodox Church and all mainline Protestant denominations.

 

Alpha USA was birthed in the 1990's as a response to the way we saw the Holy Spirit using Alpha as a tool for American churches. Alpha USA exists to serve and support churches in making disciples of Jesus Christ, while we play our part in the re-evangelization of the nations and the transformation of society.

Our national offices are located in the Chicago, IL area and in Long Beach, CA. We also have regional and national directors across the country who can assist you with starting and sustaining your Alpha.

What is Alpha?

Alpha is an opportunity to explore life and the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment.

It runs in churches, bars, coffee shops and homes all around the globe. Typically, Alpha has around ten sessions and includes food, a short talk and a discussion at the end where you can share your thoughts.

Alpha is for anyone who’s curious. The talks are designed to encourage debate and explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, honest and informal environment.