ordination & licensing

The Ordained Minister has the authority to perform all rites of the church, including the wedding ceremony. The Licensed Minister has the authority to perform all rites of the church, except for the wedding ceremony.

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Military Chaplain

The Evangelical Church Alliance, a recognized endorser of military chaplains by the United States Department of Defense, provides ministerial credentials and support to chaplains in their role of ministry to military personnel and their families.

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about eca

The ECA International is an alliance of ministers serving throughout the world. The ECA has been serving God's servants since 1887. Throughout the years the Evangelical Church Alliance has not wavered and has held fast to the Word of God and high standards.


Ordinations Given

Since 1887, the ECA has provided credentials to thousands of like minded individuals who are called of God and have a proven ministry.
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Current Members

ECA has 1400+ worldwide members; including Military Chaplains, Missionaries, Evangelists, Pastors, Teachers, Police and Fire Chaplains, etc.
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BEI Students

Since 1969 the Evangelical Church Alliance has offered a correspondence curriculum called the Bible Extension Institute (BEI), servicing thousands of students globally.
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Military Chaplains

The ECA is authorized by the Department of Defense to provide ecclesiastical endorsements for qualified persons.
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Since 1887, ECA has providing credentials to those of like mind from 45 different countries around the world.
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“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)


Thank you for visiting our website!  Whether a member, candidate or inquirer, I trust you will find it to be a helpful resource.  To begin, I would invite you to explore our Membership News articles immediately below. 

Appreciatively in the Lord,
Dr. Robert H. Turrill
President & CEO
Evangelical Church Alliance

Num. 6:24 



The ECA’s Dr. John Plastow Announces Newest Book, The Humility Factor, for Pastoral Leadership

Dr. Plastow

The Humility Factor, also Brother Plastow’s doctoral project, is an in-depth study of pastoral leadership and the introduction of humble intelligence, which focuses upon Jesus' leadership example.  To learn more about this rich resource, click here. 

Rev. Bernie Beall, Co-Founder With Wife, Linda, of Great Commission Families and Former Campus Crusade for Christ Washington, D.C. Metro Director, Hosts Evangelistic and Spiritual History Tours in the Nation’s Capital and Surrounding Area

Rev. Beall

Rev. Bernard Beall has been an ECA member since 1992. As an evangelist, he has taken hundreds of groups, both Americans and international guests, through our nation's capital, always with a heart to share spiritual truth from history for our edification today.  To experience on location for yourself some of this exciting ministry and to meet your tour guide, Rev. Beall, click here to view a brief video.  Also, visit the ministry's informative website, http://www.gcfamilies.org/.

ECA’s Rev. Bob Tiede, Cru Staff Member, Founder of Leading with Questions, and Author of Great Leaders Ask Questions: A Fortune 100 List, releases latest work, 339 Questions Jesus Asked

 Rev. Tiede

Now available upon request is a free download of 339 Questions Jesus Asked   339QuestionsJesusAsked.com 
compiled by Rev. Tiede.  He is a 46 year staff member with Cru (formerly known as Campus Crusade for Christ).  Bob serves on the Global and U.S. Leadership Development Teams.  His team's mission is "Developing the Next Generation of Leaders for Cru."  You can also subscribe to his blog:  LeadingWithQuestions.com  followed by leaders in over 190 Nations (it's free). 

Bob, ordained with the ECA in 1987, shares, "Would we not all be wise to learn from communication practices of the greatest communicator in all of history?  Jesus did two things exceedingly well:  He told great stories and he asked great questions.  I ask a lot of questions because I don't know the answers.  Jesus being God never asked a question to which he did not already know the answer.  Jesus, who created the brain, understands exactly how it works.  When he asks a question, he is actually leveraging the design of the brain he created!  He knew that asking questions was a far more effective way to connect with people, to engage people, to help them discover truth, to help them come to their own conclusions, and to make their own decisions than it ever would be to tell them what to do!  You will have every question Jesus asked in the four Gospels when you download my FREE e-book @ 339QuestionsJesusAsked.com."

Dr.  Scott Lemenager, ECA Special Assistant to the President, Follows Up With ECA Membership During August 2017 European Trip  

Dr. Lemenager stands near Notre Dame Cathedral (above) and tours the Holocaust Museum of Paris (immediately below).



While in Switzerland,  Dr. Scott visited Geneva's "Reformers Wall" (immediately above) and enjoyed a French-speaking church service before calling on and praying with ECA member Rev. Walter Aebi and his wife, Bonnie (both below).  The Aebis were on their way to Africa for 3-1/2 months of mission.  Brother Walter has been with the ECA since 2014. 

ECA Chaplain and Board Member Rev. Curt Quaschnick Announces Launch of National Police and Firefighters Chaplains Academy

Chaplain Quaschnick

In April of 2017 the National Police and Firefighters Chaplains Academy (NPFCA) held its first academy class in Spokane, WA.   The academy was put together by chaplains for chaplains with its faculty composed of current and former police, sheriffs and firefighter chaplains and others who are experts in their fields as it relates to our work.

The mission of the NPFCA is to equip new and current chaplains with highly valuable skills from experienced instructors so they can return to their agencies and provide the most effective care and support possible.

Nationally coordinating and certifying organizations such as the International Conference of Police Chaplains (ICPC) and the Federation of Fire Chaplains (FFC) are working to train and connect chaplains.  However, it is difficult as their classes are held all over the United States requiring time and travel to multiple locations to receive all the required training.  There is, of course, a significant cost to this.

NPFCA offers our chaplains the unique opportunity to gain a wide range of certification credits in both police and fire chaplaincy in a week-long academy.  Our classes touch on most aspects of chaplaincy work which also applies to military and prison chaplains as well.  Our faculty are seasoned and mature chaplains and other agency experts that provide the valuable transfer of knowledge and experiential  lessons.  The training is comprehensive and includes lecturers and practical components.

As chaplains are called on to provide care and support in more difficult situations, training in both fields is very valuable to agencies across the country as well assistance to Disaster Command Teams.

The NPFCA is committed to providing the highest quality professional and Christian spiritual training for chaplains.
For further information on the academy, class dates, and cost, go to npfca.org. 

ECA Chaplain
Curtis Quaschnick
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Assumptions Institute, the Ministry of the ECA's Rev. David Richardson, Provides Vital Tools to Challenge Presuppositions of Contemporary Culture  

Rev. Richardson
President & CEO
Assumptions Institute

Acclaimed by noted Christians like James Dobson and Eric Metaxas, Dave Richardson’s innovative ministry equips adults and students with a useful discernment skill that is so simple it’s a phone app.  Dave enables people to tell whether the messages in academia, media, and culture are true in just 30 seconds using the ground-breaking power of assumptions.  Understanding assumptions helps adults to align their public lives with God in practical ways turning their work, leadership, and expertise into their ministry.  Dave is available for speaking, consulting, and various seminars for students, professionals, teachers and professors, and other leaders who want to be effective ambassadors for Christ.  To learn more, he invites you to explore the following links:

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The ECA’s Rev. Huntley Brown, Pianist for the World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians, May 10-13, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

Rev. Huntley Brown at World Summit

Hosted by Dr. Franklin Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, for which Rev. Brown plays internationally, the summit had over 600 attendees from 130 countries.  Dr. Turrill also attended the event and had the privilege of engaging fellow believers tortured for their faith or who had lost loved ones due to martyrdom.  To learn more about this momentous occasion from Dr. Graham himself, click on 'The Persecution of One Christian Affects Us All' - YouTube.

If you are looking for a position, or to fill one, browse our Ministry Opportunities and Offers page.

The ECA is a member in good standing of the Evangelical Council on Financial Accountability (ECFA). Our compliance with ECFA's standards gives testimony to our commitment to the highest standards of fundraising and financial management.


2018 ECA Events

Dear ECA members, candidates and friends:

At the age of 30, the shepherd and warrior, David, chosen by God Himself, assumed the throne of Israel.  Of his reign, II Samuel 8:15-18 informs us that he “executed judgment and justice unto all his people”.  The King did not do this alone, however, as the passage also mentions members of his leadership team.  Accomplishments, as the Lord led him during his historic, 40-year reign, included unifying Israel, bringing the nation to a place of international prominence diplomatically, economically and militarily, composing psalms, instituting offices of cyclical tabernacle service, and initiating the capital campaign to build the Temple.

On the same note, any of us entrusted with a ministry also assume a leadership role.  But how do we lead well from a godly perspective?   To find the answer, I encourage you to attend one of our 2018 gatherings, all with the theme, “Leading Effectually in Ministry”.  At these venues, attendees will hear uplifting and engaging messages incorporating this theme.  A time of worship, holy service of ordination and licensure, as well as a reception with new members and old friends, will also be part of the occasion.  Simply click here and scroll down the Events Page of the ECA website for details of these opportunities for fellowship.

At the Canadian National Conference, our second event for this year, held Wednesday, May 23, at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario, the ECA received nine candidates into membership and upgraded one from licensure to ordination.  To meet these new ordinands, scroll down this column to the section entitled "Welcome New Members Received Over the Past 12 Months".  To view the bulletin for the occasion, once again reference the Events Page of this website.

Our next event for 2018 is the International Conference to be held July 24-26 in Erlanger, Kentucky, at the accommodating Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport Hotel just minutes from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport.  The area also features the world-famous Answers in Genesis Creation Museum and its associated Ark Encounter.   To register for the event or to view the associated conference bulletin detailing speaker bios and a schedule of activities, click on the associated links towards the top of this page.   

Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport

Ark Encounter

I would be blessed by your fellowship there on location. May the Lord make a way should you wish to attend.

 -Dr. Turrill 

Welcome New Members Received Over the Past 12 Months!

Canadian National Conference
 May 23, 2018
Ancaster, Ontario

Winter Gathering 
February 24, 2018
Goodyear, Arizona 

Year-End Gathering and Ordination Ceremony 
 December 1, 2017
 Bourbonnais, Illinois 

Fall Gathering  
October 21, 2017
Sewickley, Pennsylvania 

International Conference 
July 18-20, 2017
Charlotte, North Carolina 

Highlights of Former ECA Annual Conferences

For highlights of former ECA Annual Conferences, the session recordings are available for download on the left hand margin of the Events page.

Rev. Elmon Krupnik, Ph.D., ECA Military Chaplain Commission Chairman



ECA’s CAPT Gregory “Cory” Cathcart, FORCE Chaplain, Naval Special Warfare Command, Offers Invocation and Benediction at 24MAY18 White House Ceremony for Medal of Honor Recipient, Friend and Teammate, Navy SEAL Master Chief (Retired) Britt K. Slabinski

(l. to r) President Trump (background), Master Chief Sablinski (foreground wearing Medal of Honor) and Chaplain Cathcart (praying at podium in East Room of White House, Washington, D.C.)

Chaplain Cathcart at White House

To view the video of the ceremony, click here.

ECA Recognizes Graduation of Chaplain James Edward Fawcett From Commissioned Officer Training April 27, 2018, at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama

Chaplain (1Lt) Fawcett  joined for the occasion by CH (LT COL, USA RET) Gregory Estes (member of both the ECA's Military Chaplain Commission and International Board of Directors) and CH (MAJ) Katherine M. Scott (also a member of the ECA Military Chaplain Commission and Staff Chaplain at Air Force Chaplain College) 

Congratulations Chaplain Fawcett! 

ECA Celebrates February 16, 2018 Graduation of Three Chaplains From Air Force Basic Chaplain Course at Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama 

(l. to r.) CH( 1st Lt) John Lee, CH (Cpt) Pierre St. Louis, and CH (Cpt) Isaiah Marshall joined for the occasion by CH (MAJ) Katherine M. Scott, ECA Military Chaplain Commission member and Staff Chaplain at the Air Force Chaplain College

ECA Chaplain (1st Lt) John H. Lee on Mission to Boost Spiritual Fitness at Barksdale Air Force Base

Chaplain Lee

On January 17, 2018, Barksdale Air Force Base 2nd Bomb Wing Public Affairs featured Chaplain Lee in an excellent article highlighting his ministry among fellow airman.  To view the article, click here.

Good job, Chaplain Lee!

ECA Celebrates December 15, 2017 Graduation of Three Chaplain Candidates From U.S. Army Chaplain Basic Officer Leader Course at Fort Jackson, South Carolina 

Chaplain (LT COL, RET) Gregory Estes, a member of the ECA’s Military Chaplain Commission and International Board of Directors, attended the ceremony. 

  Congratulations Chaplain Candidates!

ECA Chaplain Aleck A. Brown, Ph.D., Honored on the Occasion of His Promotion to the Rank of Major, United States Air Force, November 30, 2017, in Ceremony at All Saints Chapel, Joint Base Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina

Major Brown (right) above and below with Officiator Chaplain Lieutenant Colonel Bill Burrell, USAF Retired

  Congratulations Chaplain Brown!

Dr. Krupnik Appointed State Chaplain of the New Mexico National Guard September 21, 2017

 Colonel Krupnik (l.) with his Commander, Major General Nava, The Adjutant General for the New Mexico National Guard

Congratulations Chaplain Krupnik!

ECA celebrates graduation of Chaplain John Haebong Lee from Commissioned Officer Training September 20, 2017 at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama

CH (1st Lt) John Haebong Lee joined for the occasion by CH (MAJ) Katherine M. Scott, ECA Military Chaplain Commission member and Staff Chaplain at the Air Force Chaplain College

ECA Delegation Lays Wreath August 11, 2017, at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in a Memorial Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington County, Virginia (video below)

(l. to r.) U.S Army Chaplain (COL) Kenneth R. Sorenson, Board Chairman Dr. Samuel S. Goebel, President Turrill, Military Chaplain Commission Chairman Dr. Elmon R. Krupnik


To view the video of the ceremony, click here.