Living the Call Together in the Caribbean: The Dominican Republic

A Ministry of The Alliance

Dear Brothers in Christ,

May the Almighty God fill you and your family with His richest blessings.

As the new President of the Dominican Alliance National Church, I would like to thank each of you for all that you have done to advance the work of the Alliance and of God’s Kingdom here in this county.  My desire is to maintain the unity that we share in Christ.  The Great Commission will be accomplished if we continue to work together.  Please know that I am here to serve you in whatever way possible.

God bless you,

 

Rev. Enrique Rosa

President, Dominican C&MA

A Short History

The Alliance entered the Dominican Republic in the latter 19th century. In 1891 worship services and Sunday School began in the province of Montecristi, and over the next twenty years Alliance ministries extended to Santiago, Santo Domingo, Pedro de Macorís, and the southwestern area of the island. In 1915 Alliance founder Dr. Albert B. Simpson reported to Council, “I regret to inform you we’ve had to close our work in Dominican Republic because the missionaries we had there died.” Dr. Simpson closed his 1915 Council report with, “Would to God that someday we’ll be able to re-enter the Dominican Republic.” Fifty years later, God began to answer Dr. Simpson’s prayer. In 1965, a Dominican living in New York City felt a call to reopen the Alliance work in his native land. He was sent as an official missionary in February 1968.

Small groups of Haitian immigrant believers in San Pedro de Macorís joined the Alliance, as did another group of believers in the capital city of Santo Domingo. The leaders of the Santo Domingo group, all ages 34 and under, had little or no experience in ministry; nevertheless, they loved Christ and had a desire to evangelize their community. This small but determined group launched the Alliance ministry from a member’s home located on the eastern side of Santo Domingo. On May 5, 1970, the Dominican government officially recognized the C&MA and granted it corporate status. Due to the tireless evangelistic efforts of these early leaders, there are now many established and growing churches throughout numerous regions in the Dominican Republic.

National Church Statistics (2011)

5033          Members/non-members

3503          Baptized members

    46          Organized churches (25+ members)

    34          Unorganized churches (-25 members)

    33          Preaching points

    24          Ordained ministers

    16          Pastors

    43          Licensed national church missionary church planters 

  250          TEE students

    50          Alliance Bible Institute  students