ABOUT ALPHA MID ATLANTIC
Alpha Mid Atlantic exists to help churches run the Alpha course effectively and to give everyone in the Mid Atlantic region the opportunity to attend an Alpha course near their home or workplace.
Alpha is a global non-denominational ministry which runs in over 100 countries and has had over 30 million participants. Alpha Mid Atlantic is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization working in partnership with Alpha USA to train and equip churches in PA, NJ, and DE in running the Alpha course.
Beginning with our hub in suburban Philadelphia, Alpha Mid Atlantic reaches to the shorelines of South and Central New Jersey and Delaware, and extends beyond the great cities of Harrisburg and Pittsburgh. We work with a growing network of churches and ministries to train and equip teams to run Alpha. As a result, more people are encountering Christ, and churches are transformed as their people are activated to share their faith in Jesus through Alpha.
Founded in 1999 by our visionary leader, Bill Drennen, Alpha Mid Atlantic has served the local church for over two decades. Our desire has always been to see the Kingdom of God made known in our post-Christian society. Alpha was birthed into a similar cultural landscape in London where people were hungry for a safe space that allowed them to ask questions, express doubts, and explore faith. Alpha provides that judgment-free, safe place for people to explore deep questions of faith where no question is off-limits and no opinion is considered wrong.
You can find Alpha courses running in churches, youth groups, coffee shops, colleges, bars and restaurants, food pantries, crisis pregnancy centers, prisons, homes and in the workplace.
Whether you’re looking for an Alpha course to attend or you’d like to run Alpha at your church or with a group of friends, we’re here to help.
Meet Bonnie O’Neil, Executive Director
Bonnie was raised in a Christian family and came to faith in Jesus as a young child. Since that time, she has faithfully pursued her passion to know God intimately. Bonnie first experienced Alpha while living in London with her family, where they were members of Holy Trinity Brompton Church, the birthplace of Alpha. Upon returning from London, she launched her first Alpha course in her home, and hasn’t looked back since! She served as an active board member of Alpha Mid Atlantic for close to a decade before taking on the role of Executive Director.
Bonnie holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Lafayette College and a M.A. in French from New York University. Bonnie was a banker in both New York and Boston before deciding to leave the workforce to raise her three children full time. During those years she was a vital volunteer leader, fundraiser, and board member at several nonprofit organizations.
Bonnie has authored two books—My Identity Is In Christ: Discovering the Freedom God Always Intended and Chronic Hope: Raising a Child with Chronic Illness with Grace, Courage, and Love—and writes regularly on her website, www.bonnieoneil.com. She is a spiritual director, an experienced Bible teacher and is an engaging speaker at church and leadership retreats.
Bonnie lives in suburban Philadelphia with her husband, Jon.
Meet Amy Clipston, Ministry Assistant
Amy was raised in a culturally Christian family, but it was Alpha that led her to faith in Jesus. She attended her first Alpha course in 2002 at St. Bartholomew’s Church in midtown Manhattan, with no intention of staying through all 10 weeks. Trained as a chemist and working as a management consultant in NYC, Amy was a devoted agnostic. God had other plans, though, and by the next course, she was an Alpha table helper (where she met her future husband!), and on the next course after that, she was an Alpha course administrator and a new Christian.
Shortly thereafter, Amy joined the staff for Alpha USA for several years, drawing on her background as a consultant to work on a variety of projects. In her final year at Alpha USA, she headed up Alpha USA’s Marriage Course program and organized the first Marriage Course training conferences in the US with Holy Trinity Brompton’s Nicky and Sila Lee.
After relocating with her husband to the Philadelphia suburbs, Amy chose to leave the workforce to raise her 3 children full-time. During that time, she has been an active volunteer in her community. She is passionate about giving people an opportunity to be authentic and ask deep, meaningful questions about life and is excited to be back with Alpha.