May 30–June 4, 2017

Join the Alliance Family as we gather in Columbus, Ohio, to celebrate what God is doing in our midst and seek His heart as we move forward. This is the official site to register, view the schedule and speakers, and learn more about the location and local attractions.

New This Year

2015–16 Report of the President to General Council

The 2015–16 Report of the President to General Council 2017 has been developed for official workers and churches with The Alliance and contains the Report to General Council.

Download 2017 Report 3.5MB PDF

One–stop Family Registration

Alliance Council 2017 attendees are requested to register. Name badges should be displayed when attending Council events. To assist with this, any registered Council delegate will be allowed to register their children (up to age 21) at no cost. Name badges will be prepared for preregistered family members and can be picked up at the registration area when parents check in. Those who choose to drive to Columbus to attend an evening service are asked to check in at the registration area. No name badges will be required for the Sunday, June 4, worship service.

Ministry to Children

SOLD OUT. Children (ages 5-11 or having completed grades K-5 of 2016-17 school year by May 29, 2017) are invited to enjoy an experience designed just for them. During nine designated kids’ sessions, they’ll worship God as they explore this year’s theme. They’ll sing, play, read God’s Word, and interact with one another through games, object lessons, and small-group activities. Kids will also enjoy demonstrations from COSI (Columbus’ science museum), Columbus Zoo, Magic with a Mission (Christian illusionist), and lots more. The children’s ministry team from Fairhaven Church in Dayton, Ohio, is hosting this program. Stand-by spaces may be available so check the registration table each morning.

Alliance Family Day

Please be aware there are numerous special events on Saturday at Council including Reach Columbus Together, the Great Commission Women’s event, seminars, morning and evening worship services, and a missions rally. These opportunities will create capacity issues, necessitating a Saturday registration for those not already registered as Council delegates or Reach Columbus Together participants. The Saturday-only registration fee is $15.

Reach Columbus Together

On Saturday, June 3, 2017, attendees at Council and volunteers from local Alliance churches will come together to “give back” to the city of Columbus. Organized by local C&MA pastors, this opportunity will allow us to minister to Urban Connections, Faith Community Church, Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, and the Westerville Area Resource Center.

Reach Columbus Together requires a separate registration.

Accredited Proxy Delegates

REGISTRATION CLOSED. For the first time in 2017 certain members of the Alliance family will be able to vote for The Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) president without attending General Council. Voting is done by proxy. A proxy voter for president is someone who will not attend Council and otherwise qualifies as an accredited delegate as described in the C&MA Bylaws, Article VI, Section 6.2.A. If you register as an accredited proxy voter you will receive detailed instructions following registration.


Online Registration Closed

On-site Registration (begins at 1:00 p.m. Monday, May 29, 2017)

  • Accredited Delegate (eligible to vote) $199
  • Friends and Family (Corresponding Delegate/non-voting) $139
  • Saturday Only Registration $15

Important Information for Accredited Delegates

On-Site Registration for Accredited Delegates will remain open until 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 2, 2017, at the Registration Booth in the Columbus Convention Center. Any delegate who wishes to vote in the general election must be on site to register by this date and time.


Keynote Speakers

Rev. Mark Ashton

Originally from Glendale Heights, Illinois, Mark serves as the lead pastor of Christ Community Church (Alliance) in Omaha, Nebraska, with over 4,000 in weekly attendance. He began at CCC on April 1, 2006, teaching in a multi-venue environment and providing leadership and direction to a staff of 50. His 20 years of ministry experience include serving as the pastor of spiritual discovery at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, and as an evangelism specialist for InterVarsity Fellowship in Champaign, Illinois. Mark holds two BS degrees—Economics and Marketing—from the University of Illinois and has completed graduate work at Lincoln Christian Seminary, Grace University, and Crown College. Mark and his wife, Kelle, have been married for 20 years. They have four children.

Dr. Tim Crouch

Dr. Tim Crouch, DMin, is vice president for International Ministries of the U.S. C&MA. Previously, Tim and his wife, Shelly, served as Alliance international workers in Russia and were involved in theological education, youth ministry, evangelism, and church planting. For seven of those years, Tim was the field director for the Alliance there. In 2009, he completed a DMin degree from Gordon-Conwell Seminary. That same year, he and Shelly began to explore opportunities for new Alliance ministries in other former Soviet states. When The Alliance created the new North and Central Asia Region to provide leadership and coordination for work in this part of the world, Tim and Shelly were appointed the regional leadership couple. They supervised 75 international workers serving in 6 countries and worked with national church leaders in each of those nations. Tim and Shelly reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado. They have four children.

Saul Ebema

Saul is senior pastor of the Lombard (Ill.) Bible Church (C&MA). He also serves as a hospice chaplain with Advocate Healthcare.

Rev. David Hearn

Dave is in his second term as the president of The Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada. He attended Canadian Bible College and was senior pastor at Bramalea Alliance Church (Brampton, Ontario) 1984–1997. He then attended Regent College in Vancouver and received an MDiv. While living in British Columbia, Dave served as lead pastor at Lake Country Alliance and then as assistant district superintendent in the Canadian Pacific District. Dave has also served on the Canadian C&MA Board of Directors (1994–2000) and on District Executive Committees in the Canadian Pacific District and Eastern and Central Canadian Districts. Dave and Agnes have been married more than 30 years and have three daughters, two sons-in-law, and three grandchildren.

Dr. Stanley John

Stanley serves as the assistant professor of Intercultural Studies at the Alliance Theological Seminary of Nyack College in Nyack, New York. Born and raised in Kuwait and from an Indian family, Stanley is passionate about forming leaders for mission in a context of world Christianity. He received a BA in Biblical Studies at Zion Bible College and a MA and PhD in Intercultural Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary. He serves on the board of India Gospel Ministries, an indigenous mission agency in India, and is a member of the Lausanne Global Diaspora Network.

Ty King

Tiece (Ty) King is the developer and author of Pray the Word, a series of books (also available in an app) designed to assist people in praying through Scripture. Ty and her husband, David, have been involved in full-time Alliance ministry for 30 years, serving in U.S. Alliance churches as well as internationally. Currently, they are on special assignment, pastoring the Evangelical Church of Bangkok (C&MA) in Thailand. Ty has released several books on praying through the Scriptures, including Pray the Word and Pray the Word for Your Church. Although not a keynote speaker, Ty will be leading times of scripture–based prayer throughout the week.

Dr. John Stumbo

Dr. John Stumbo is president of the U.S. Alliance and lives with his bride of 34 years in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He and Joanna have three grown children and two young grandsons. John has authored two books and has a few more in the works that he looks forward to finishing. He loves being with the Alliance family—from teams on the field, to church leaders and congregations here in the States, to the great staff at the National Office. John finds renewal spending Sabbath days in God’s creation and keeps working toward the day when he can run long distances again.

Rev. Kelvin Walker

Born and raised in Oyster Bay, New York, Rev. Kelvin Walker has served as lead pastor of Bedford Community (Alliance) Church since September 2012. He is an adjunct instructor and co-chapel coordinator at Alliance Theological Seminary (ATS). Kelvin also serves on the Alliance Board of Directors and is president of the Association of African-American Churches of the C&MA. A licensed official worker with The Alliance since 1988, Kelvin was ordained in 1990. Prior to his Bedford pastorate, Kelvin was on staff at churches in Girard and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Virginia Beach, Virginia; he also was campus pastor at Nyack (New York) College’s Rockland campus. Kelvin has served with the Licensing, Ordaining, and Consecration Council for the C&MA’s Metropolitan District; he continues to coach men and women in the ordination /consecration process. He is corporate secretary for the Emergency Shelter Partnership for Northern Westchester, a volunteer chaplain for the Katonah Volunteer Fire Department, and a member of the Northern Westchester Interfaith Council. Kelvin has a BA in sacred music; he earned a masters of professional studies in church development and is completing a DMin at ATS. Kelvin and his wife, Doni, have six children.

Featured Artists

Marquis Laughlin

Marquis Laughlin is the founder of Acts of The Word, a nonprofit, non-denominational ministry devoted to transforming people’s lives through the words of the Bible. He is a performance artist, theologian, and missionary to the church here in America. His live performances include seven compelling dramatic solo Scripture presentations highlighting the epic story of God’s relationship with man through the Books of Genesis, Exodus, Ecclesiastes, Daniel, John, Acts, and Revelation. He maintains an active touring schedule at theatres, conferences, and houses of worship, where his one-man shows have been presented all over the world. Acts of The Word produces the nationally syndicated radio, television, and social media platform called The Moral Dilemma, challenging believers to develop a biblical worldview. Marquis’ numerous live presentations of the Scriptures inspire believers to stand up for the Word of God and to trust in the accuracy, authenticity, and authority of the Bible. He has partnered with Food for the Hungry, iDisciple, Logos Bible Software, Prison Fellowship, The NRB Network, American Family Radio Network, Answers in Genesis, and numerous other organizations committed to serving others and making positive strategic impact on our culture. Marquis and his wife Theresa have three young children and live in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. They attend the Allegheny Center Alliance Church.

Aaron Shust

Aaron grew up near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He studied music theory at Toccoa Falls College. In 2000, he began leading worship at Perimeter Church in Duluth, Georgia. Aaron recorded his album, Anything Worth Saying in 2005. It became the fifth best-selling praise and worship album of 2006. Early in 2006, Aaron released the single, My Savior, My God, which quickly rose to the top of six charts, including Billboard. The song later became the most downloaded inspirational song on iTunes and was awarded Song of the Year at the 2007 Annual Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards in Nashville. Since Anything Worth Saying’s release in 2005, Aaron has released 6 other albums and a Christmas EP. His most recent album, Doxology, was released in August 2015. When not recording or touring, Aaron enjoys spending time with his wife, Sarah, and their sons, Daniel, Nicky, and Michael, and leading worship. His passion is to craft and present music that points people’s hearts and minds toward the worth and holiness of God.

Phil Vischer

Phil Vischer made his first animated film when he was nine years old. By age 14 he was convinced he would be a filmmaker when he grew up. After a brief stint in Bible college, Phil struck out on his own, looking for a way to integrate his faith with his filmmaking. This quest led him to a tomato and a cucumber. The year was 1991, and Phil was a newly married 25-year-old with no financial backing and no idea how his vegetables would ever see the light of day. Today, more than 60 million VeggieTales videos have been purchased and Phil’s faith-filled stories can be found in one-third of all U.S. homes with young children. Although Phil’s original company, Big Idea Productions, collapsed in bankruptcy in 2003, he continues some involvement with VeggieTales, while actively developing new ways to integrate faith and storytelling through his new company, Jellyfish Labs, including the new DVD series, What’s in the Bible? Phil captured the breathtaking rise and heartbreaking fall of Big Idea Productions in the book Me, Myself & Bob—published by Thomas Nelson. Phil lives with his wife Lisa (aka Junior Asparagus) and their three kids in Chicago, Illinois.

Grace Church Worship Team

Grace Church Worship Team, led by Mr. Sam Beatty. Sam oversees worship and technical ministries at Grace Church (Middleburg Heights, Ohio). He joined Grace in 2006 after teaching high school band and orchestra for one year, Spanish for seven years, and interactive media for two years. He earned his BA from Ohio Wesleyan University in Spanish in 1996. He received his MA in educational curriculum in 2008. Currently, Sam is working on his C&MA pastoral license. Sam and his wife, Anna, live in Berea, Ohio, with their four children.


Click the event or speaker for additional details.

  • Main Hall
  • Seminar
  • Reach Columbus
  • Special Meal
  • Children's Ministry
  • Reports/Business


Points of Interest

Get Around Town

  • CBUS Complimentary bus transportation within the Short North and Arena districts
  • COGO Bike Share Rent a bike and see the sites.


Approximately 80 restaurants are within walking distance of Battelle Grand Hall, including:

  • 89 Fish and Grill
  • Buca di Beppo
  • Bucks and Pucks
  • Gordon Biersch
  • Max and Erma
  • Sunny Street Café
  • Rodizio Grill
  • Bareburgers
  • Donatos Pizza


All attendees for Alliance Council 2017 must register as Council delegates. Once registered, they will receive a confirmation containing a link to view lodging rates (which will range between $135–$144/night) and to register for lodging. Questions about lodging can be directed to the events office by calling (719) 265-2064.