Our History

Appleton Alliance Church was born of a small group of like-minded Christians in the Fox Valley who were influenced by the radio program, “The Chicago Gospel Tabernacle World Wide Christian Couriers”, featuring Rev. Paul Rader. These people wanted more of the solid Bible teaching and emphasis on missions found in Rev. Rader’s radio program.

Under the guidance of Rev. Rader’s ministry, they held their first gathering in February of 1932 at the YMCA, with 50 – 60 people in attendance. Shortly thereafter they called their first pastor, Rev. William McBirnie, purchased land, and built the Appleton Courier Tabernacle in downtown Appleton.

The New Appleton Tabernacle, as it became known, joined the Christian and Missionary Alliance in 1939. Attendance grew, and they purchased and moved to an existing church in 1953. By 1965, a committee was formed to study future facility needs, and ten lots were purchased in 1967, with the first service being held in the new building on February 19, 1970.

Appleton Alliance Church experienced a time of significant growth under the leadership of Dr. Stephen Grunlan in the late 1980’s, and ground was broken in April of 1990 for a 500-seat worship center addition, fellowship hall, and additional education areas.

Dr. Dennis Episcopo was called as Appleton Alliance Church’s twelfth senior pastor in 1997. In the summer of 2003, the church moved to its current campus located on Grand Chute Boulevard. Currently, the church is completing a 35 million dollar campus and has been designated one of the fastest growing churches in America by Outreach Magazine.


We base our beliefs on the infallible Word of God, the Bible, which teaches that there is one God, who is infinitely perfect, existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is the true God and the true man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He died upon the cross, the Just for the unjust, as a substitutionary sacrifice, and all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood. He arose from the dead according to the Scriptures. He is now at the right hand of Majesty on high as our great High Priest. He will come again to establish His kingdom, righteousness and peace.

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Appleton Alliance Church
2693 W Grand Chute Blvd
Appleton, WI 54913
(920) 968-0700

Exit Highway 41 at Richmond Street (Hwy 47). Go south on Richmond one block and turn right onto Capitol Drive. Head west on Capitol Drive until you get to Lynndale Avenue and turn right (north) on Lynndale. Go over the overpass, then turn left onto Grand Chute Boulevard.

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Service Times

Sunday Mornings
8, 9:30, and 11 a.m.

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Senior Pastor

Dr. Dennis Episcopo is the Senior Pastor of Appleton Alliance Church and has served in Pastoral ministry for 30 years. Appleton Alliance has grown from 700 to over 4,000 attendees since moving to our current facility in 2003. Currently, the church is completing a 35 million dollar campus and has been designated one of the fastest growing churches in America by Outreach Magazine.

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