Alpha USA

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Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith, typically run over eleven weeks. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, and everyone is welcome. Alpha is an opportunity to explore life & the Christian faith in a friendly, open & informal environment. Millions of people have tried Alpha all around the world. Alpha runs in cafes, churches, universities, homes -you name it. No two Alphas look the same, but they generally have three key things in common: food, a talk and good conversation.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Alpha USA
1635 Emerson Lane
Naperville, IL 60540


Phone: 1-800-362-5742


Organization details

EIN: 133962840

CEO/President: Craig Springer

Chairman: Mark Emery

Board size: 15


Year founded: 1998

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2010


We believe everyone should have the opportunity to explore a personal relationship with Jesus, wherever they are in the world, for free. 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. Together we can see churches revitalized across the country and hundreds of thousands of lives transformed by an encounter with Jesus.

Mission statement

Alpha's mission is to see the evangelization of the nations, the revitalization of the church and the transformation of society.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Evangelism

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating74 of 8573 of 47
Fund acquisition rating311 of 85719 of 47
Resource allocation rating148 of 8572 of 47
Asset utilization rating87 of 8575 of 47

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$353,238$393,886$655,632$387,552$506,227
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,730,799$1,161,740$1,449,530$1,313,860$1,460,410
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$15,103$30,331$53,725$57,197$65,954
Other long-term assets$45,365$2,059$11,664$28,149$49,582
Total long-term assets$60,468$32,390$65,389$85,346$115,536
Total assets$1,791,267$1,194,130$1,514,919$1,399,206$1,575,946
Payables and accrued expenses$226,740$179,223$245,182$260,466$602,436
Other current liabilities$0$295,500$170,500$25,500$25,500
Total current liabilities$226,740$474,723$415,682$285,966$627,936
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$79,000$193,845$305,164$851,393$306,722
Total liabilities$305,740$668,568$720,846$1,137,359$934,658
Net assets20182017201620152014
Temporarily restricted$0$0$100,364$35,848$406,361
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$1,485,527$525,562$794,073$261,847$641,288
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$9,258,067$7,437,963$9,833,708$9,244,485$9,032,104
Program service revenue$92,336$31,868$53,311$44,027$64,755
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$1,005$1,239$727$1,051$2,613
Other revenue$150,865$284,654$421,057$515,381$629,453
Total other revenue$244,206$317,761$475,095$560,459$696,821
Total revenue$9,502,273$7,755,724$10,308,803$9,804,944$9,728,925
Program services$7,990,888$7,613,275$9,034,910$9,315,771$9,099,371
Management and general$113,132$107,937$124,658$124,507$107,959
Total expenses$8,542,308$8,024,235$9,776,577$10,184,385$9,813,620
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)$959,965($268,511)$532,226($379,441)($84,695)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$959,965($268,511)$532,226($379,441)($84,695)


Craig SpringerNational Director$229,720
Dana SandersDevelopment Director$171,678
Sean HoganChief Operating Officer$164,174
John Andrew WentzMinistry Director$153,220
Christopher Todd ProctorChurch Networks Director$72,931

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2018

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 2/8/2021. To update the information below, please email:


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.

Program accomplishments

Millions of people have tried Alpha in 169 countries, and it has been translated into 112 different languages.