International Alliance Church is a community of celebration. We celebrate the God who cares for the poor and the powerless; we celebrate Jesus, whose compassion runs deepest for the marginalized and the minorities. Our prayer is to ignite a movement in the city -- to see entire neighborhoods transformed by the radical empowerment and equality of the true Gospel.
International Alliance Church was founded in 1980 by refugees from Asia. Bernard Dunning, a New England native and missionary to Southeast Asia, sponsored a number of Cambodian and Hmong refugee families to come settle in the United States. The community first met in a church on Dexter Street, then in 1992 the congregation finally purchased their own building on Early Street in the Elmwood neighborhood. In 2003, Reth Nhar officially took over the pastoral role from Rev. Dunning, before himself retiring in 2015. As our families grew to make an impact in the culture of Providence over the last few decades, the vision of the next generation has grown as well. With God's leading, we are transforming into a truly multicultural community that is bringing the liberating love of Christ to those most in need of it.
We are a Bible-believing community driven by our commitment to Jesus Christ. We affirm that Jesus is the fully divine Son of God, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity. We affirm that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. We affirm Jesus' bodily resurrection from the dead and that the Great Commission is a sacred expectation Jesus puts on every believer. For a more exhaustive list of our doctrine, you can read the statement of faith of the Christian & Missionary Alliance. We are proudly affiliated with the C&MA for their dedication to growing the global church, and for the accountability and resources their New England District provides us with.
Although Pastor Scott Yi looks young, he brings a wealth of experience to his leadership role at International Alliance. Scott has spent over ten years doing urban ministry in Providence. From leading campus fellowship at Brown University, to coordinating refugee assistance, to creating business projects with local teens, Scott practices what he preaches, as he believes we are all called to live missionally. He received his M.Div from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and, as the son of Korean immigrants, provides a fresh perspective on leadership. Scott and his wife Amber enjoy growing vegetables in their urban garden and trying different ethnic foods.