Evangelical Alliance

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Evangelical Alliance
Founded August 1846
Founders Edward Steane, John Henderson of Park, Ridley Haim Herschel and Sir Culling Eardley, 3rd Baronet
Type Evangelical Christian union
Focus Evangelical Christianity
  • England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland
Origins London, United Kingdom
Area served United Kingdom, worldwide
Method Provides advocacy, advice and information
Members 3,500 churches, 700 organisations
Employees 51 (approx)
Slogan "Better together"
Website www.eauk.org
Registered Charity number: 212325

The Evangelical Alliance is an umbrella grouping for evangelical Christians in the UK. Formed in 1846,[1] the Alliance aims to bring Christians together and help them listen to, and be heard by, the government, media and society.[2]

With offices in London, Cardiff, Glasgow and Belfast, the Alliance works across 79 denominations, 3,300 churches, 750 organisations and thousands of individual members. It is also a founding member of the World Evangelical Alliance, a global network of more than 600 million evangelical Christians.[3]


The Evangelical alliance was formed in 1846. The major founders were Ridley Haim Herschell,[4]Rev. Edward Steane, a Baptist pastor from Camberwell, John Henderson of Park and Sir Culling Eardley, 3rd Baronet.[1] Eardley became the first chairperson and he led the new organisation as it campaigned internationally for religious freedom. In 1852 he campaigned on behalf of the Tuscan prisoners of conscience Francesco Madiai and Rosa Madiai.[5] (They had been imprisoned when they announced that they had become protestants).


The Evangelical Alliance has over 3300 church members. Several well-known Christian organisations are also members of the Alliance, for example Tearfund - which was originally established by the Evangelical Alliance[6] - Hope 08, Fusion and Serving In Mission (SIM).

The General Director of the Alliance is Steve Clifford, replacing Joel Edwards in April 2009. Krish Kandiah is Director of Churches in Mission, while Dave Landrum was appointed as Director of Advocacy in March 2011. Peter Lynas directs Northern Ireland, Fred Drummond, Scotland, and Elfed Godding, Wales.


  1. ^ a b Rosemary Chadwick, ‘Steane, Edward (1798–1882)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 30 July 2014
  2. ^ "About us". Eauk.org. 3 April 2012. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "WEA - World Evangelical Alliance Est 1846 - Page Whoweare". Worldea.org. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Ridley Haim Herschel by Joseph Jacobs, Goodman Lipkind
  5. ^ John Wolffe, ‘Eardley , Sir Culling Eardley, third baronet (1805–1863)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 30 July 2014
  6. ^ Matthew Frost, Tearfund's Chief Executive. "History". Tearfund. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Massie, James William (1847), The Evangelical Alliance, Its Origin and Development. The first history.
  • Thompson, Todd. "The Evangelical Alliance, Religious Liberty, and the Evangelical Conscience in Nineteenth-Century Britain," Journal of Religious History (2009) 33#1 pp 49–65.

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