Our story

The story so far

Over 29 million people have tried Alpha in 169 countries, and it has been translated into 112 different languages.

Developed as a short course at HTB in London, in 1990 Nicky Gumbel took over running Alpha and found that many people outside of the church wanted to explore the Christian faith. Alpha now runs in every part of the global church, including the Catholic Church, the Orthodox Church and all mainline Protestant denominations.

Alpha South Africa is a charity organisation, registered as a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO)  that publishes and promotes Alpha tools and products in South Africa. These tools and products include a range of associated ministries including Relationship Central, Worship Central, and God at Work.

Alpha currently runs in 169 countries and in 113 languages.

What is Alpha?

Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, it’s free, and everyone’s welcome. Learn more >