Register for The Alpha Conference 2024

Join us in Franklin, Tennessee
Wednesday, July 24 – Thursday, July 25, 2024!

What is The Alpha Conference?

And who is it for?

Each year, The Alpha Conference draws leaders from around the world, crossing generational, denominational, and ethnic divides. 

In this epic celebration of kingdom unity, you’ll hear from a diverse group of mainstage speakers, hear stories, be equipped through practical workshops, and be encouraged through powerful times of worship and prayer! This is an opportunity to motivate your team, have fun together, and take the culture of Alpha back with you. You’ll also be first to preview exciting new Alpha resources.

As thousands of attendees testify, this is a conference you don’t want to miss!  

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We have tracks designed especially for:

Senior Pastors & Youth Ministers/Student Pastors: to help you grow effective evangelization practices, spiritual dynamism in your church, learn from other churches that have been transformed by setting a culture of radical hospitality, listening and dependence on the Holy Spirit.

Alpha Leaders: you will leave with a better understanding of how to transmit the culture of Alpha to everyone you lead, how to create a culture of invitation, and how to engage your youngest leaders effectively.

Students: you will learn how to create space for your peers to explore what faith and Jesus could mean in their lives.

Featured Speakers

Ger Jones

Senior Pastor, Vintage Church LA

Ger was born into a dynamic ministry context. He experienced God moving profoundly in his own life throughout his childhood and teenage years. He was a leader in the church at a young age, but felt called into marketplace ministry and, after studying law at Bristol University, Ger practiced law in London for several years. It was in London that Ger attended and was significantly shaped by the community and ministry at Holy Trinity Brompton. It was also where he met Lizzie, who was on staff at HTB working with Alpha. In 2004, God began to stir Ger’s heart towards laying down his career for full time ministry, and they moved to Vancouver so Ger could complete an M.Div at Regent College. A few years later, while pastoring an Anglican church in Raleigh, NC, Ger began to discern God’s call to plant a church in Los Angeles. This call was realized in January 2011 when the Jones family moved to Santa Monica and began the process of planting Vintage Church.

Sarah Kaczmarek

Director of Pastoral Ministry, Encounter Ministries

Sarah is the Director of Pastoral Ministry at Encounter Ministries and the Director of the Encounter School of Ministry. She holds an MA in counseling and has served in ministry for 20 years. Before her time at Encounter, she served in a parish as the director of evangelization and youth ministry and the Associate Director of Alpha Catholic. Her deepest desire is for everyone to know the love of the Father and walk in the holiness and wholeness Jesus paid for.

Nicky & Sila Lee

Developers of The Marriage Course, The Pre-Marriage Course, The Parenting Children Course, and The Parenting Teenagers Course

Nicky & Sila have been married for 46 years and have four children and ten grandchildren. In 1987, they joined the staff at Holy Trinity Brompton Church in London where they developed The Marriage Course, The Pre-Marriage Course, The Parenting Children Course, and The Parenting Teenagers Course and authored The Marriage Book and The Parenting Book. Over the last 37 years, their ministry and courses have reached over four million people in more than 120 countries and over 40 languages, equipping them with practical resources to strengthen their marriages and family life.

Shauna Pilgreen

Co Pastor Epic Church San Francisco, Strategic City Director San Francisco, Author

Shauna, along with her husband, Ben, coleads Epic Church, a multiethnic congregation in the heart of San Francisco. They have 4 wonderful children. She serves on the teaching team at Epic and strategic church and city team for Alpha USA. Shauna is the author of the missional book, Love Where You Live: How to Live Sent in the Place You Call Home and evangelism book, Translating Jesus: How to Share Your Faith in Language Today’s Culture Can Understand. She writes for “everyday evangelists” on her blog. Learn more at

Keithen Schwahn

Pastor of YTH.NYC & College.NYC

Keithen is giving his life to reverse the narrative that young people are a lost cause in the Church. Transitioning from leading citywide movements in Portland, Oregon, he is now in New York City as a pastor on staff at Church of the City New York building a network of leaders and launching YTH.NYC and COLLEGE.NYC. Alongside his work in the local church, Keithen has been a collaborative partner with Alpha Youth, The Fuller Youth Institute, the BibleProject, and the Canadian Church Leaders Network. He lives in the Upper West Side of Manhattan with his wife Celeste and newborn son Powell.

Danielle Strickland

Spiritual Leader, Justice Advocate, Communicator, Peacemaker

Danielle lets Love lead her to inspire, challenge, provoke and disrupt the present, and to live the future now. Having lived in different cultures and contexts around the world she celebrates diversity and deeply longs for wrong things to be made right. Danielle practices following Jesus daily. This pursuit has led to exciting entrepreneurial exploits (like co-founding multiple charities and non-profits) and a whole host of failures (that we don’t as often talk about). All of this has convinced her of the deep need we all have for hope, faith, and love. Her deepest longing is to demonstrate what living that boundless life looks like.

Dr. Chloe Swart

Associate National Director for Alpha UK

Dr Chloe Swart lives in Swansea, Wales with her husband Russo. She is the associate national director of Alpha UK and serves at her local church as the young adult’s pastor. She has completed a theology doctorate studying healing miracles in Wales and is currently writing a book on how to heal the sick as an everyday part of our missional Christian life.

John Wentz

Chief Executive Officer for Alpha USA

John Wentz has served as the CEO of Alpha USA since April 2022. Previously, John served seven years as Alpha USA (Executive Vice President of Ministry) and Alpha International (Church Engagement and Training Strategy) where he led the expansion of Alpha’s ministry engagement and helped to design the core of Alpha’s training strategy, now being implemented globally. With 25 years of pastoral experience, John has impacted many churches and leaders across the world. He is a gifted communicator, trainer and coach, and has a heart for university students and people from different cultures.

Josh Williams

Associate National Director for Evangelism

Josh Williams is the Associate National Director for Evangelism and Justice with Vineyard USA. His background with Vineyard began while he was a student at Yale University, where he connected his faith to justice issues on campus and in the city. This integration continued throughout his time in divinity school, launching evangelistic prayer groups on Yale’s campus, establishing an outdoor church for the housed and unhoused, and much more. Josh serves as Elm City Vineyard’s lead pastor and shares inspiring stories of how Jesus is growing his church in multi-ethnicity, justice, evangelism, spiritual formation, and Holy Spirit ministry. He and his wife, Tina, have been married 11 years and have two daughters.


Wednesday, July 24

9:00 a.m.Breakfast
10:30 a.m.Conference Kick-Off
11:00 a.m.Main Session 1
12:15 p.m.Boxed Lunch
12:45 p.m.Workshops
3:00 p.m.Main Session 2
4:30 p.m.Food Trucks, Fun!
6:30 p.m.Main Session 3

Thursday, July 25

9:00 a.m.Main Session 4
10:15 a.m.Coffee Break
10:45 a.m.Workshops
12:15 p.m.Boxed Lunch
12:45 p.m.Workshops
3:00 p.m.Main Session 5
5:00 p.m.Conference Ends


This year, we are happy to offer tracks to make it easier for you to select which workshops you would like to attend! Below are descriptions of each track; the beginning of each workshop name will identify which track it is a part of.


Ideal for Anyone


Ideal for Students, Educators, Youth Advocates


Ideal for Senior Pastors, Church Leaders, Anyone


Ideal for Catholic Guests, Protestant Leaders of Liturgical Contexts


Ideal for Alpha Leader and Teams


Ideal for Senior Pastors, Church Leaders, Anyone


Pricing + Packages

An Option for Everyone

We’re thrilled to offer simplified ticketing options for individuals and teams attending The Alpha Conference together. All ticket prices include the full conference experience PLUS THREE conference workshops, lunch both days, and more! Full price admission is $250. Make sure you get a ticket at our best pricing now (listed below)!


$195 per person

Register soon to secure this lowest price of the season and before prices increase!


$175 per person

Group discounts available for teams of 15 or more.


Special Discount

We value young leaders and are offering a special discount for guests 23 and under.


Free Admission

Join the team that make the Alpha Conference possible and get into the conference for free.

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Making Your Travel Arrangements

Airport: The closest airport to the Conference venue is the Nashville International Airport; about 30 minutes from Church of the City, Franklin.

Transportation: We strongly encourage renting a car or using Ride Share to navigate the Franklin area.

The Alpha Conference Host Hotels

We have secured room blocks in the area at a discounted rate at the following hotels:

Courtyard Franklin Cool Springs

2001 Meridian Blvd.
Franklin, TN 37067


Residence Inn Franklin Cool Springs

2009 Meridian Boulevard
Franklin, TN 37067


Embassy Suites by Hilton Nashville South Cool Springs

820 Crescent Centre Drive
Franklin, Tennessee 37067


Hilton Franklin Cool Springs

601 Corporate Centre Drive
Franklin, TN 37067


Jonathan & Tami Glendenning

Leaders of The Pre-Marriage Course at Substance Church

Jonathan Glendenning is the Facilities Pastor at Substance Church in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN metropolitan area. Along with managing Substance’s physical campuses, he and his wife of 29 years, Tami, coordinate Substance Church’s marriage ministries. Jonathan is also a certified Prepare/Enrich Facilitator, and he and his wife lead their church’s Alpha Marriage and Alpha Pre-Marriage courses. His heart is to aid and equip people with the necessary skills to begin, maintain, improve, and restore every season of their marriage.

Dr. Russo Swart

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Russo works for an engineering company in Swansea. He is from South Africa, grew up in the Middle East and now lives in Swansea with his wife Chloe. Russo helps lead the men’s ministry at his local church Cornerstone as well as on the team which oversees the student and young adult’s ministry. He is also part of the New Wine Cymru (Wales) prophetic and healing team which travels across Wales helping local Churches to develop in the ministry of healing and prophetic gifts.

Diego Profita

Regional Marketing, Digital & Youth Director for Alpha Latin America

Diego Profita junto a su esposa Sandra, son líderes del Ministerio de Adolescentes y Jóvenes “Somos SER” de la Iglesia “Unidos para Servir” en Buenos Aires, Argentina, hace más de 25 años. Es Analista Superior en Marketing Estratégico recibido en el año 2006 y también tiene el título de Ministerio Juvenil de la Escuela de Especialidades 625 Argentina, Director Regional de Alpha para Adolescentes para América Latina.

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Renée Blanchard

Community Engagement Director at West Shore Free Church

Renée serves as the Community Engagement Director at West Shore Free Church in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. She works to mobilize the church in prayer and evangelism and enjoys building relationships that promote unity and partnership among churches. Renée is passionate for people to encounter Jesus and experience the life of love, freedom, and empowerment He welcomes them into.

Madison Campbell

Alpha Launch Director

Madison is currently the Alpha Launch Director for new Youth and University Alphas and previously served as the regional director for Colorado and Utah at Alpha USA. She holds a Masters of Divinity and has worked at churches in Colorado and Washington giving her a passion and desire to see the power of the Gospel move through the local body of believers. This has led to a deep commitment to equip and learn from churches and organizations so that many more may be transformed for God’s Kingdom and glory. Madison and her husband, Elliot live outside Denver and are currently enjoying the best adventure of their lives – raising their daughters, Audrey and Beatrice.

Todd Proctor

Executive Leader of Alpha USA

Todd serves on the Executive Leadership Team of Alpha USA, helping strategic pastors and communities across the nation explore the Alpha course and culture. He was a long-time Lead Pastor of Rockharbor in Orange County, CA – pioneering through a season of multiplication that birthed many new campuses and church plants across Orange County. Todd is a co-founder of the “Searock Sessions” cohort, now a growing global family of hundreds of emerging church leaders. He loves any chance to convene table conversations and encounter moments that encourage and envision those who will lead the Church into the future.

Angela Chadwick

Global Director of Prayer for Alpha International and National Director of Prayer for Alpha USA

In Angela’s 18 years serving on staff, she has witnessed the transforming power of Alpha as ordinary people, empowered by the Holy Spirit, share the Good News of Jesus with people outside the Church—a movement of God transcending denominational, racial, and ethnic boundaries. Seeing people meet Jesus is her greatest joy and is why she continues serving Alpha with unwavering passion.


How should the Church respond in the face of injustice? What about in an election year? Could we show up to a polarized political world with the goodness of God like never before? If you are interested in learning how to navigate these complex issues, this track could help!

Workshops in this Track

Navigating the Waters of Faith and Politics

Speakers: John Wentz, Executive Director, Alpha USA, and Josh Williams, Associate National Director of Evangelism and Justice, Vineyard USA

This election year is ramping up to be as polarized as ever. Equip yourself and your teams to navigate the choppy waters of faith and politics during an election cycle. We have a massive opportunity to bring the goodness of God into these conversations or to leave people feeling alienated. Learn five top tips to help your conversations be filled with grace and truth and leave people feeling heard and honored.

Lessons in Evangelism from MLK’s nonviolent Movement

Speaker: Josh Williams, Associate National Director of Evangelism and Justice, Vineyard USA

How should the Church respond in the face of injustice? Hear how lessons from Martin Luther King Jr.’s nonviolent movement provide tools to speak out against injustice while presenting a compelling case for the gospel. Josh Williams, associate national director for evangelism and justice for Vineyard USA will host this workshop where you will hear stories and learn tangible practices for engaging injustice while extending the invitation for people to encounter Jesus.


If you are a student, work with middle or high school students, or just love young people and want their voices to shape the future of the Church, this track is for you! We’ll talk about empowering a generation to lead and will equip you to draw out the leadership of a generation to reach their peers through the new Alpha Youth Series and beyond.

Workshops in this Track

Navigating the New Alpha Youth Series

Speakers: Jordan Biere, National Director of Alpha Youth, Alpha USA, and Josh Penwell, National Associate Director of Alpha Youth, Alpha USA

Explore the the new Alpha Youth Series, discover the adjustments we’ve made to better reach Gen Z/Gen Alpha, and how to use this new series best to help young people discover and develop a relationship with Jesus.

Helping Young People Walk Naturally Supernatural

Speakers: Jordan Biere, National Director of Alpha Youth, Alpha USA, and Josh Penwell, National Associate Director of Alpha Youth, Alpha USA

Learn how to help young people operate in the power and authority of the Holy Spirit in a way that seems natural (not super weird) yet clearly supernatural. Help them discern the voice of the Lord, pray for healing, and grow in the prophetic voice.

From Guests to Leaders, Activating the Leadership Potential of Young People

Speakers: Jordan Biere, National Director of Alpha Youth, Alpha USA, and Josh Penwell, National Associate Director of Alpha Youth, Alpha USA

A practical guide on creating space for activating young people toward leadership to become bold, Spirit-filled witnesses. Learn how to empower young people to lead their own Alpha for their friends and how you can champion Gen Z and Gen Alpha.


This track is full of amazing main-stage speakers who will showcase the power of prayer in every generation, equip you to live a naturally supernatural life and train you to heal as Jesus did. Senior pastors, church leaders, non-profit leaders, this track is you!

Workshops in this Track

Learnings from Asbury on the Power of Prayer

Speaker: Angela Chadwick, Global Director of Prayer, Alpha USA

Alpha’s Global Director of Prayer will interview some of the spiritual leaders involved in the Asbury revival where a chapel worship service caught the attention of our country. You’ll hear stories of how the students were deeply moved by God through the simplest forms of worship and how the leaders made sure the only celebrity on stage was Jesus. You’ll also be amazed by the powerful breakthroughs in young people’s lives through the gentlest of prayers.

Additionally, we will explore how the resurgence of faith in one small American town is relevant to every person in the Church and how it shapes how we share the good news in a good way with this generation.

How to Facilitate Eternal Connections with Jesus

Speaker: Danielle Strickland, Spiritual Leader, Justice Advocate, Communicator, Peacemaker

Encounter is God’s favorite way to spiritual revelation. Why do we emphasize information-formation as our primary means of discipleship? What if we put more time, energy, and effort into facilitating more encounters? Be prepared to discuss together how cultivating curiosity becomes a means to do just that. We will talk techniques, experiences, and new ideas.

Everyday Miracles

Speakers: Dr. Chloe Swart, Associate National Director for Alpha UK, and Dr. Russo Swart, New Wine Cymru Prophetic and Healing Team

This workshop will look at how to heal the sick as a part of our everyday missional lives. Following Chloe’s PhD studying healing miracles in Wales, Chloe found that Christians in Wales were praying for their friends, family, and colleagues, in the gym, in the supermarket, at work; wherever they found themselves, as well as in church services, and Alpha courses. Healing is a missional tool that points toward Jesus. Unpack the theology of healing, while also hearing very practical teaching and demonstration of how to heal the sick in an everyday way.


Designed with our Catholic guests in mind, we will unpack the missional call of the Eucharistic Revitalization, sacred listening, and how to care for your soul in the ministry journey. This track could also benefit any Protestant ministry leaders in liturgical contexts.

Workshops in this Track

Nourishment for the Soul in the Journey of Ministry

Speakers: Sarah Kaczmarek, Director of Pastoral Ministry, Encounter Ministries, and Monica Martinez, National Director for Catholic Context, Alpha USA

How can we ensure we’re growing personally so that we are operating out of Christ’s strength and not our own?

Reviving Eucharistic Culture

Speaker: Monica Martinez, National Director for Catholic Context, Alpha USA

A time for meaningful reflection, conversation, and prayer around our missional call, awakened by the Eucharist. Together, we will unpack the meaning of the Eucharist as our source and summit of living our intentional discipleship.

Translating the Sacred

Speaker: Rick Grinstead, Director of Alpha Youth, Catholic Context

How do we fill the large gap once people have heard the gospel but have not yet acclimatized to parish life? How do we prepare the parish community to make space and build bridges, and how do we prepare guests who will be transitioning from Alpha to mass to sacramental formation? 


These practical training workshops will help you learn how to run Alpha and how to make it the best it can be. Join us to experience the Alpha best practices of listening, radical hospitality, and dependence on the Holy Spirit. Select the workshops best suited for your stage of the Alpha journey to get the most from this track.

Workshops in this Track

Run Alpha--From a Course to a Culture (Mandarin interpretation available)

Speaker: Christian Downs, National Training Director, Alpha USA

Running Alpha is so much more than just a course, it is an opportunity to create space within your community and your church where people can belong before they believe. Run Alpha will help you see how this course is unique by focusing on the values of invitation, hospitality, listening, and dependence on the Holy Spirit.

Grow Alpha--Expand, Enhance, Empower (Mandarin interpretation available)

Speaker: Christian Downs, National Training Director, Alpha USA

This workshop will help you expand the culture, enhance your Alpha course with best practice insights, and empower your team. A common takeaway from this workshop is how Alpha can be more than a course and start to impact the rest of the church.

Creating a Culture Where Everyone is Invited to Alpha (Mandarin interpretation available)

Speaker: Christian Downs, National Training Director, Alpha USA

How do we get more guests on our Alpha? This is the question that comes up most often. In this workshop, we will explore what it looks like to bring the good news of Jesus to everyone… including those cast aside, neglected, or overlooked by society. We will name the fears that limit us, ways the church can help, and practical tips that everyone can put into practice to lead an invitational lifestyle.

Join our Global Director of Prayer, our National Director of Training, and special guests at this combined workshop to help more people receive an invite to explore the life-changing impact of the gospel.


Inspiring and practical, learn how to bring the gospel everywhere you go and how to activate your church communities to see gospel opportunities beyond the walls of the church building. Hear stories of innovation and creativity, ecumenical and city-wide movements, and learn about what God is doing in unique contexts like prisons. With many workshops in this track, some are best suited for pastors and senior leaders, while others apply to anyone.

Workshops in this Track

Alpha in Criminal Justice System

Speakers: Audrey Hayes, Director of Volunteer Network, Alpha USA, and Benny Lopez, Prisons Coordinator, Alpha USA

There is an overlooked mission field in our own backyard, one full of people desperate for help, healing, and wholeness. It’s a place much of our society tends to dismiss, filled with people who believe they have been cast aside, and forgotten.

Alpha has been run in 630 prisons in 41 U.S. states. This course is brought to prisons and jails by dedicated churches and organizations who have run Alpha at their local church or parish and want to extend their reach even further. These volunteers tangibly show the love of Jesus to men and women that society had tossed away and labeled as unworthy, broken, dangerous, or beyond help. Through Alpha, prisoners are reminded that God does not label them—he loves them.

Join us in this workshop to hear stories and learn how to get started. You will be matched with a coach who will offer you support based on where you are in your prison ministry journey.

Unified City Alpha Initiative

Speakers: Seth Bazacas, Strategic City Director, New York, Alpha USA, and Shauna Pilgreen, Strategic City Director, Northern California, Alpha USA

What does it take to pull off a unified citywide Alpha launch? Join Strategic City Directors and Pastors Seth Bazacas (Wellspring Church NYC) and Shauna Pilgreen (Epic Church San Francisco) as they share their experiences of bringing a diverse group of churches into a shared vision, prayer night, weekly gatherings, and an overnight Alpha retreat. Hear stories of what worked and didn’t work and how both cities are gearing up for an even stronger launch in 2024!

Translating Jesus--A Crash Course for Sharing Your Faith Daily

Speakers: Shauna Pilgreen, Strategic City Director, Northern California, Alpha USA, and Ben Pilgreen, Lead Pastor, Epic Church San Francisco

As pastors and church leaders, we expect our attenders to share their faith. But do they? Come and imagine how your faith conversations can fuel an evangelism movement in your church.

Author and storyteller Shauna Pilgreen offers us a new way of evangelism using her latest book, Translating Jesus. She gets practical fast, teaching us two languages that lead to double-listening. Chances are high you’ll become bilingual in this workshop!

Shauna is joined by her husband Ben Pilgreen, pastor of Epic Church in San Francisco. Come, learn how a church can be winsome with culture without neglecting the gospel.

Fueling Creativity and Innovation in Evangelism

Speakers: Audrey Hayes, Director of Volunteer Network, Alpha USA, and Madison Campbell, Alpha Launch Director, Alpha USA

For innovative leaders who want their creativity to be fueled by the Spirit and to flood into their churches and communities. This will be a time of storytelling and dreaming about what God can do through creativity in our churches and Alpha courses. Come dream with us!


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Talleres en este Track

¿Cómo desarrollar la creatividad pastoral en tu equipo parroquial?

Speakers: Liliana Nariño, Directora Nacional, Alpha Colombia, and María Fernanda Acosta, Líder Regional, Alpha Ados

Presentaremos algunas nuevas técnicas que nos ayudan a crear una cultura de acogida y encuentro en la Parroquia.

¿Cómo alcanzar a la Generación Z Latina?

Speakers: Diego Profita, Regional Marketing And Digital Director Latin America at Alpha International, and Julian Avellaneda, Regional Alpha Youth Leader, Alpha Ados

Descubriremos algunas de las principales características de esta Generación más Abierta y trabajaremos en herramientas y estrategias para ser más efectivos en presentarles a Jesús.

¿Cómo construir una cultura invitacional en tu Iglesia?

Speakers: Diego Profita, Regional Marketing And Digital Director Latin America at Alpha International

Descubramos juntos como crear y fomentar en nuestras comunidades una cultura de invitación abordando

– Maneras en que la Iglesia puede fomentar la importancia de la invitación

– Maneras de cómo podemos guiar a nuestros equipos para que lo vivan

– Maneras de cómo poder identificar a las personas con mayor probabilidad de asistir

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