Ephesians 2:19-20 - "Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone."
Our Mission: "Jesus Christ is the center of the life of this church, inviting all people into a loving relationship with God and authentic friendship with one another."
What is the Christian & Missionary Alliance?
"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:8)
The U.S. Alliance is part of a Christ-centered global movement more than 6 million strong. Our "Acts 1:8" family - inspired by Jesus' love and empowered by His Spirit - is passionate to bring the good news about Him to our neighborhoods and world.
Our Alliance family celebrates Jesus - the image of the invisible God, the Lord of all Creation!
"For in Christ, all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness." (Colossians 2:9-10)
Our heartbeat is to know Jesus as our:
- SAVIOR (Acts 4:12 – "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.")
- SANCTIFIER (1 Corinthians 1:30 – "But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption...")
- HEALER (James 5:15 – "And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.")
- COMING KING (Acts 1:11 – "This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.")
Because of who He is and what He's done, we are compelled to "go!" Humbled by the open invitation He extends to us - what we call the Great Commission - we join Him in His work to restore and reconcile lost and broken people to Himself.
WE RELY ON HIS SPIRIT
Acts 1:8 is in our DNA. We are convinced it is only by the Holy Spirit's empowerment that we can fully express Jesus' love, compassion, and mercy to those who do not know Him. "...But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:8)
WE ARE FAMILY
We are part of Christ’s Church—His chosen means to fulfill His purposes on earth, restoring a lost and broken world until He returns to reclaim it. A member of the Alliance World Fellowship (AWF), the U.S. Alliance is one of a network of national churches that make up our global family. "...so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others." (Romans 12:5)
WE LOVE OUR NEIGHBORS
In the United States, our Alliance family extends His love to everyone we meet; we walk with our neighbors through the steep challenges life brings, introducing them to the One who offers true hope. We plant churches in spiritually thirsty neighborhoods, discipling and mentoring new believers to become healthy, passionate Jesus followers. Today in our U.S. Alliance family there are:
- Over 500,000 worshipers
- Speaking 37 languages and dialects
- In 2,000 churches
WE LOVE OUR WORLD
Our U.S. family sends and supports hundreds of Alliance international workers who care for the sick, befriend the lonely, and introduce spiritually impoverished people to the One who releases us all from the curse of sin and the sting of death. Right now:
- More than 700 U.S. Alliance workers
- Serve in 70 nations
Isaiah 43:19a – "See, I am doing a new thing!"
In February of 2018, the Peckville Alliance Church (Peckville, PA) and the Country Alliance Church (Clarks Summit, PA) were presented with a unique opportunity. The Peckville church had a growing number of members with mobility issues, and as the church explored putting in accessibility measures, it discovered the cost would exceed the value of its building. Meanwhile, the Clarks Summit church had been without a pastor for several years, and had begun to plateau and then decline in numbers. Our district leaders proposed that the churches pool their economic and people resources by merging their congregations, selling their buildings, and using the proceeds to purchase a newer, accessible building somewhere between the two locations. After several months of meeting and praying together, the congregations of both churches agreed to form a new, unified church and to move to a new location. It is no easy thing to blend two existing church communities, each with its own established preaching, leadership and worship patterns and preferences. However, from the time we began to meet as a united congregation in the summer of 2018 we sensed that God was present and leading us in His good purposes. On April 18, 2019, we purchased our new church home at 938 Main Street in Dickson City, PA, the site of the former Gibbons-Ford showroom, and we are currently working to occupy our building and to begin to engage our new community with the truth, love and power of Jesus.
Nestor Soto began to follow Christ on at the age of 20, and at 26, he began to sense the call into ministry. After completing the missions program at RHEMA Bible Training College in Tulsa, OK, Nestor spent the next few years in short-term missions overseas, and teaching stateside. Nestor joined the staff of Christ Alive Christian Center in the Bronx, NY as its Evangelism and Discipleship Director in 1997, and in 2001, he moved to Milford, PA to plant Followers Christian Fellowship, an independent non-denominational church. During his five years as its pastor, Nestor also began to serve as director of pastoral services of the Andover Subacute and Rehab Center, a 702-bed skilled nursing facility in northern NJ, where he remained until 2009. In 2009, Nestor began post-graduate work at the Alliance Theological Seminary, earning his master’s degree in Biblical Literature in 2011. Since graduation, Nestor has served as a teaching assistant and mentor in spiritual formation at ATS and as an adjunct professor at Nyack College. In June of 2013, Nestor was installed as lead pastor of the Peckville Alliance Church. Nestor is single, and lives in Dingmans Ferry, PA, where he enjoys running, rock climbing, hiking, journaling, photography, and pretty much anything else that get him outdoors.