In 1887, C&MA founder, Dr. Albert B. Simpson, a Presbyterian minister, along with a few others desiring to proclaim the Good News of the Gospel, formed a missionary society to share this news with the world. This society was named the Christian & Missionary Alliance. Our message since the early days has been to preach Jesus Christ. The “four-fold gospel” articulated by our founder says that Jesus Christ is our Savior, Sanctifier, Healer, and Coming King. This is reflected in our logo which includes the Cross representing Salvation through Jesus, the Laver representing Sanctification through the cleansing work of Jesus Christ, the Pitcher symbolizing oil for divine Healing because of Jesus, and the Crown referring to the anticipated return of Jesus Christ to earth.
In earlier years, The Christian and Missionary Alliance was not founded as a denomination. Rev. A. B. Simpson was a Presbyterian minister motivated by the spiritual needs of the metropolitan multitudes in North America, as well as by those of the unevangelized peoples in other lands. He was compelled by a sense of urgency to take this message to all nations because of Jesus’ statement in Matthew 24:14: “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come”