The Alliance’s history stretches back a half century. The Alliance began as Evangelical Ministries in 1949, which broadcasted Dr. Donald Grey Barnhouse via The Bible Study Hour, and also published Eternity magazine. In 1969, Dr. James Boice left his work at Christianity Today and became the preacher for The Bible Study Hour.
After that time Evangelical Ministries played a strategic role in the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy and in the establishment of the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology. These efforts had a massive impact upon evangelicalism in North America and around the world.
Evangelical Ministries began a new era in 1994, when Dr. James Boice invited a number of key Christian leaders to meet in Philadelphia. Concerned that North American Christianity had yielded to the spirit of the age, especially in terms of Christianity’s consumerism, pragmatism, politicization, and disregard for theological clarity, these leaders lamented that many churches had become very unbiblical—including some churches that loudly affirmed their belief in biblical authority.
Consequently, the Alliance was formed to constructively address these concerns within the wider Christian community. Thus, Evangelical Ministries, Inc. reconstituted in 1996 to create the Alliance remaining a Section 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation under the Internal Revenue Code and under the laws of the state of Delaware.