In The Beginning...

The Christian and Missionary Alliance grew out of the vision of Rev. Albert Benjamin Simpson, who was ordained in the Presbyterian Church in 1865 and became the pastor in one of Canada’s most prestigious pulpits.

During the next number of years, the Holy Spirit revolutionized his life, making him more passionate for neglected people and people living in poverty at home and around the world.

To All Nations...

In 1887, compelled by a sense of urgency to take the message of Jesus Christ to all nations, Simpson was used by God to give birth to The Christian and Missionary Alliance.

It was only natural that his vision should extend to Canada. Many of the leaders in those first years were Canadians.

The first Alliance church in Canada was Bethany Tabernacle, founded in 1887 by John Salmon in Toronto.

Gets A Fire Going

Dr. William Cassidy, a Toronto medical doctor, was the first ordained missionary in the new mission society. He died of smallpox en route to China.

However, his death was the “spark that ignited the Alliance missionary blaze” which has been burning to this day.


By the 1920s, the C&MA became a major evangelical movement both in the United States and Canada.

In Canada, saddle-bag preachers visited the homesteads of the West, and evangelists conducted campaigns in the East, bringing many people to Christ.

By 1926 there were 19 “branches” in eastern and central Canada and four in western Canada. The growth of the church in the 1930s was in direct contrast to the depression experienced by the entire country.

Spreading Hope

In 1941, the Western Canadian Bible Institute was opened in Regina as a direct result of the need for trained workers.

Aiden Wilson Tozer served pastorates across the United States, including 30 years in Chicago. He became known as a writer with a wider evangelical audience and his writings continue to influence Christians around the world.

His final pastorate was at the Avenue Road Church in Toronto, Ontario. From there, his sermons and writings greatly impacted Canadians in the post-World War II years.

Real Faith, Real Life

Over the past 30 plus years, the Canadian C&MA has had six presidents and has grown from 241 churches to more than 440.  

To this day, the Alliance lives out its founding vision by seeking to be Christ-centred, Spirit-empowered and Mission-focused in everything that it does.

Committed to Jesus, it continues to send out people people to live on mission, both locally and around the world.

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