As you head out for a family vacation this summer or a road trip to visit Grandma and Grandpa, remember to include your Alliance family in your travel plans. Here are 10 ideas to include in your itinerary.
1. Toccoa Falls
Toccoa Falls College
107 Kincaid Dr.
Toccoa Falls, GA 30598
A beautiful 186-foot-high waterfall, Toccoa Falls is one of the tallest free-falling waterfalls east of the Mississippi River. It is located on the campus of Toccoa Falls College (Alliance). A scenic path leads visitors to the back of a natural gorge area where the falls are located. Guests enter through Toccoa Falls Books & Gifts where a nominal fee is charged.
2. Gospel Tabernacle
260 W 44th St.
New York City, NY 10036
In 1889 the Gospel Tabernacle, pastored by A. B. Simpson, purchased property on the corner of 8th Avenue and 44th Street in New York City. The building, designed and constructed by David Crear, served the needs of the church and the movement Simpson began until the mid ‘70s. Today it is the home of a restaurant where all pizzas are made to order and baked in coal-fired brick ovens. John’s Pizzeria still has the original Alliance stained-glass windows depicting the Fourfold Gospel.
3. Birthplace of The Christian and Missionary Alliance
8 6th St.
Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064
Old Orchard Camp Meetings (or “conventions” as they were later known) began in 1886 in the spot where the Seaside Pavilion now stands. This location is where the idea started of forming a fraternal union of evangelical persons and churches to support the Fourfold Gospel and advance the Great Commission through overseas missions. Upcoming performances at the Seaside Pavilion include Christian artists Francesca Battistelli, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Tenth Avenue North.
4. A. B. Simpson’s Gravesite
1 South Blvd.
Nyack, NY 10960
Albert Benjamin Simpson, founder of The Christian and Missionary Alliance, died October 29, 1919. He was 75. His gravesite is next to Pardington Hall on the campus of Nyack College. Simpson founded the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack College) in the early 1880s. It was the first Bible college in North America.
5. The Christian and Missionary Alliance National Office
8595 Explorer Dr.
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
The National Office of The Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) is home to the majority of administrative offices that help oversee the daily operations of the C&MA. Tours are offered five days a week (M–F) at 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Please call ahead at least 30 minutes before a tour to reserve your spot. You will get to see the inner-workings of the National Office, explore the Alliance archives, visit the president’s office with a great view of Pikes Peak, and more.
6. A. W. Tozer’s Gravesite
North Springfield Presbyterian Church
671 Canton Rd.
Akron, OH 44312
Dr. A. W. Tozer authored more than 40 books, including Christian classics The Pursuit of God and The Knowledge of the Holy. He served 30 years as pastor of Southside Alliance Church in Chicago (1928–1959). In 1950, he was appointed editor of the Alliance Weekly magazine, now Alliance Life. A. W. was buried in Ellet Cemetery in Akron, Ohio, with a simple epitaph marking his grave.
7. Shell Point Retirement Community
15101 Shell Point Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33908
Shell Point Retirement Community (Alliance) includes approximately 600 acres, many of which are protected preserves and wetlands. Register for a guided tour and see the orchid house and butterfly habitat, woodshop, art and pottery studios, genealogy lab, Gulf Coast Model Railroad, 18-hole championship golf course, and marina. Four dining options are open to the public, ranging from a buffet to cafés with a tropical flair.
8. Alliance Redwoods Conference Grounds
6250 Bohemian Highway
Occidental, CA 95465
Alliance Redwoods, one of several Alliance Camping Ministries, offers a variety of options for day experiences. Bring your family and challenge each other on the unique paintball course. Stretch yourself on one of the many challenge-course options, including rope courses, zip lines, climbing features, and giant swings. Or explore a coastal mountain valley as you paddle the Russian River in a kayak or canoe. Alliance Redwoods will celebrate 70 years of ministry with a special event in mid-October.
9. Broadway Commons
1300 Broadway St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
Salem Alliance Church built Broadway Commons to be—in the words of John Stumbo—“a place where church, commerce, and community come together for the common good.” Grab a cup of Stumptown coffee and a pastry at Broadway Coffeehouse. Then check out the Upper Room on the fourth floor. This prayer center offers great views of the surrounding hills, the State Capitol building, and the downtown Salem core.
10. Crown College
8700 College View Dr.
St. Bonifacius, MN 55375
Crown College turns 100 on October 13, 2016. Join the celebration by attending one of the planned centennial events or just coming for a visit. The current Crown College campus used to be a Jesuit school. It was purchased in 1969, and the first school year there started in 1970. The main building is in the shape of a cross.