How Alpha Began
The Alpha course has been running for over 30 years.
It began at Holy Trinity Brompton in central London in the late 1970’s, initially as a means of presenting the basic principles of the Christian faith to new Christians in a relaxed and informal setting.
By 1990, when former barrister Nicky Gumbel took over the course, Alpha was a central feature of the church’s life.
It was while leading his second Alpha course that Nicky realised how this simple course could also appeal to non-churchgoers, and he adapted the course to give it the kind of feel that would suit this group.
The Alpha Course spread during the 1990s, initially in the UK and then internationally, as more churches and groups found it a helpful way to answer questions about the Christian faith.
There are now over 33,500 courses worldwide in 161 countries.
It’s supported by all the major denominations and over 2 million people in the UK and 10 million worldwide have attended