First Alliance Church

A Place to Belong Hockessin, DE
First Alliance Church
First Alliance Church
First Alliance Church
First Alliance Church
First Alliance Church
First Alliance Church
First Alliance Church

Who We Are

It's exciting to feel like you belong. That feeling of arrival - like sitting down to a homemade meal with your closest friends - brings a sense of inclusion like nothing else can. Everyone, no matter where they are in life, needs to know they belong, because something inside each of us longs to be pursued, to be valued.

The word "Church" means different things to different people. For some, it awakens warm feelings of childhood potlucks and singing. For others, it might trigger a more sour feeling, a subtle tensing of the shoulders. People's reactions to the Church are as varied as their individual histories.

But what is God's intention for the Church? When God initiated the Church, He had in mind a heartfelt connection of diverse people. He said that the greatest love we could show was to lay down our lives for our friends. There's no greater belonging than the one God intended in the Church.

The Church is a community of people committed to doing life together and knowing God. Through thick and thin, these are the friends who stay by your side. God wants each of us to find a place of belonging in His family. Come and find your place at the table. Welcome home. First Alliance is a place to belong.

About Us

Vibe
Casual, Down to Earth, Spirit-filled, Friendly, Inclusive

Programs
Children's Ministry, Youth Group, Missions, Nursery, Community Service

Music
Contemporary, Praise and Worship

Denomination
Christian and Missionary Alliance

Size
Medium

Language
English

Founded
1897

Plan Your Visit

Services

Contact

Address
2145 Graves Road
Hockessin, DE 19707

Phone

Website

Directions
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Our Services

What are services like?
Everything we do here at First Alliance Church is completely based on God's Word, the Holy Spirit, the Holy Bible and has meaning and purpose. You can be secure that although our worship is expressive, it will never give way to fanaticism. Our praise is often bold and strong, yet sensitive and reverent. Worship is always led in ways that foster unity and emphasizes that we are one body, team or choir. Our expressions may involve emotions including laughter, applause or even tears. We desire to experience true worship that is genuine and freeing -- not sensational or rigged. We seek to communicate and interact with openness and transparency, yet always strive to maintain confidentiality. When you share your prayer needs, they are meant to be held with the utmost love and concern, demonstrating sincerity and compassion. At First Alliance, there's no need to dress up for our worship services. You can come just as you are. Our cafe opens at 9:15 AM with fresh coffee and pastries, so you don't even need to worry about breakfast. And bring the kids along too! We love having them with us. Join us to see what we're all about. Our service times are Sundays at 10:00 AM and Wednesdays at 6:30 PM, but we have ministries for everyone throughout the week. You can receive prayer ministry, reach out to our community with us, plug in to adult discipleship, connect with our youth, and so much more. We'd love to see you there!

What is the community like?
First Alliance is an amazing place to be, but you don't have to just take our word for it. Check out this testimony from a woman who has become part of our FAC family! "Almost two years ago [my son] and I visited FAC on a random Sunday. We came at the advice of a friend. As we neared the end of worship, [my son] leaned over and said, 'Mom, I think we found our home.' Indeed. And if a 12-year-old knew that - imagine what you could find! We've found a HOME - you know the word - where you are accepted and wanted AS YOU ARE and for WHO you are. Priceless. I welcome you to join us. Fill that soul."

What if I'm not a Christian?
No matter where you are on your journey with Jesus, you are always welcome at FAC. We'd love to meet you and hear your story.

Leadership View all

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Dave Jones

Pastor Dave and Judy Jones are longtime “Alliance Lifers.” Pastor Dave, a native of Elsmere, Delaware, was dedicated to the Lord at the old Wilmington Alliance Church in 1942 where his parents had been members since the 1920s. In 1944, his father, accepted God’s call to pastoral ministry. Thus, the Joneses moved to Chester PA, and Dave’s dad became pastor of a struggling church plant. Dave spent his childhood and teen years in Chester. At age fifteen, while on staff at Summit Grove Camp, God called Dave to be a missionary. That word from God determined the direction Dave’s life. Judy was born and raised in Syracuse, NY and was part of the C&MA Church. She sensed God’s calling to missions when she was twelve at Delta Lake Camp. Following high school, she entered Nyack Missionary College as a missions major. While there, she met Dave, also majoring in missions. During their sophomore year, they began dating and soon sensed that God had put them together. Because of their background and calling, missions had always been part of their life. They graduated from Nyack in 1964 with a B. S. in Missions. Following marriage and a year in Lakeland FL where they taught in a Christian School, they returned to Nyack where Dave did grad work at Jaffray School of Missions and later received his Masters from the Alliance Theological Seminary in 1988. They served as missionary interns in Detroit MI, 1966–‘67. Then in August of the same year, they went to Brazil with their year-old son, Thomas, as missionaries with The C&MA. During their 31 years, they worked in evangelism, discipleship, church planting, leadership development, theological education and administration. They helped start two Alliance camps, as well as the Alliance Bible Seminary and the FATELA grad school. Their other sons, Randy and Phil, are Brazilian born. In 1994, they moved to Colorado Springs CO and spent more than six years in the C&MA National Office. Dave was director for Missions Mobilization and Judy was CAMA Service administrative assistant. In 2001, they returned to Brazil and ministered until returning to the U.S. at the request of the FAC board serve as senior pastor. Starting on January 1, 2005, they worked to bring refocus and renewal. Sensing that their assignment at FAC was over, Dave resigned as pastor in October 2009. Soon God opened a door at the Sunday Breakfast Mission in Wilmington, where Dave served as the men’s program director and Judy worked as administrative assistant for the SBM president. Accepting a new assignment from the Lord in 2012, Dave left the mission and began to take the College of Prayer ministry to Brazil. In a short time, doors opened in Portugal and Cabinda, Angola. Thus for the next several years, Dave served the Portuguese speaking world, leading modules in dozens of churches as well as training national leaders who now are in charge of the ministry. Dave also continues to teach in Brazil and Cabinda at Alliance schools training pastors and missionaries. During this time, Dave began writing a book on effective prayer that he published in 2012 in Portuguese. In 2015, he published So Being Sent, They Went, a history of the C&MA mission in Cabinda, Angola. He has just finished a similar history of the Alliance in Brazil, Roots and Branches, to be published by January 2018. The latest project comes from a life-long interest in A. B. Simpson’s life and spiritual journey. Thus with the blessing of C&MA leaders, he is working on a new Simpson biography, to be published by mid-2019, the centennial year of Simpson’s death. This temporary call-back to FAC was expected, but Dave and Judy accept it as another assignment in our desire to serve the Lord and His church till Christ comes or He takes us home.

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