ABOUT

OUR STORY

Since its founding in 1978, Atlanta Road Alliance Church, in partnership with the Christian and Missionary Alliance (CMA), hasn’t been immune to change. Some have been good, including growth of its facilities, which has allowed for more ministry. Others, however, have brought challenges. Yet, with those challenges have come opportunities to lean on, and grow in, the grace of God.

 

The story of ARAC is not about a building, a program, or a method. It’s about people—people of all ages who need to find the purpose in life that God has given them. We seek to cooperate with God in developing fully devoted followers of Jesus. Simply put, we are real people, with real problems, on real journeys, seeking a real God. Today, we are a community of people from a variety of backgrounds, interests, and life stories who have a desire to explore what it means to follow Jesus and to actively love our community. We want to be a safe place for believers and nonbelievers to learn more about Jesus while also growing in meaningful relationships with one another.

 

Perhaps you’ve been searching for a spiritual home. If you’ve been absent from church for a long time, or never visited a church before, we invite you to come join us. Our church is a relaxed place where we focus on giving our worship to God, becoming mature Jesus followers, and serving our community.

 

God is still writing our story! We would love for you to visit us in person at our weekly worship gathering. We meet every Sunday morning at 11AM at 22625 Atlanta Road, Seaford, DE.

MISSION - VISION - VALUES

We believe that there is one God, who is infinitely perfect, existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.


OUR TEAM

Tom Allen

Intentional Interim Pastor

 

Rev. Tom Allen, aka “Pastor Tom,” has served ARAC as Intentional Interim Pastor since September 1, 2018. After the church experienced some difficulties in the past few years, the elders felt that the church needed a “time-out.” This is Pastor Tom’s 18th year in this specialized ministry, and he has helped more than a dozen congregations in transition. He has been leading us through a healing process with the ultimate goal of preparing ARAC for its new pastor by the Summer of 2020. The fellowship has been enjoying his unique preaching and leadership style. Pastor Tom has invited us to join him in claiming Jeremiah 29:11—“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD . “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” We invite you to come and hear Pastor Tom’s sermons filled with humor, hope, and challenge!

Jennifer Harding

Administrative Assistant

aracadmin@atlantaroadcma.org

 

Jennifer was born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland where she and her husband are now raising their children. As our Administrative Assistant, Jennifer uses her creative perspective to keep our church and community updated with the latest event details. She joined our team in 2016, not long after receiving a degree in Spanish. When she's not "on the clock," Jennifer enjoys connecting with people while she practices speaking Spanish and Portuguese.

Pat Handy

Ministry Assistant

phandy@atlantaroadcma.org

 

Pat Handy was born in Baltimore, moved to Salisbury as a young adult, and has enjoyed life on the Delmarva Peninsula ever since. After a challenging career as an adult education teacher and coordinator, she enjoys the somewhat slower pace in the church office. Her role as ministry assistant provides many opportunities to connect with people within the church and to help coordinate ministry activities. When not working, Pat enjoys getting together with friends and joining other ladies in Bible study.

Andy Chupp

Facilities Supervisor


Andy was born to Amish parents in Wyoming, DE, and has resided in Delaware for all but two years of his life. Andy is a master carpenter whose craftsmanship is showcased in numerous local buildings. When he's not overseeing the upkeep of our church building and grounds, Andy enjoys hunting and fishing.


THE CMA'S HISTORY

When Alliance founder A. B. Simpson left a lucrative pastorate in New York City, he had a call from God to reach the lost masses both in New York and around the world. Prostitutes, longshoremen, and the homeless received the reconciliation message that all people are eligible for Christ’s amazing grace.

 

He set up the Missionary Training Institute (MTI) to provide training and resources for men and women God was calling to take the gospel to the world. During that time, Simpson’s group sent out the first team of missionaries to the Congo in 1884. Since then, thousands of people have followed God’s call to serve through The Alliance in the United States and abroad. In 1974, The Christian and Missionary Alliance (CMA) officially became a denomination.

 

Today, the CMA focuses on planting churches in the United States and overseas. Alliance international workers minister among the least reached peoples planting churches and training national church leaders, providing relief and development assistance, medical and dental care, and microenterprise projects. More than 2,000 churches in the U.S. minister Christ’s love to their communities and cities.