Rev. Dr. Alvin Sanders

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Alvin joined the World Impact team in 2015. His role is to oversee the implementation of the strategic ministry plan. He has a passion for developing Christian leaders to serve cross-culturally. He grew up as a “third culture” kid, as his father worked in the military around the globe. He has degrees from Cincinnati Christian University, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Miami University.   

His first ministry assignment was with City Gospel Mission of Cincinnati. His focus was helping families break the cycle of generational poverty. From there he moved to the west side of Chicago to work as a community minister with Circle Urban Ministries. In 2000 he moved back to Cincinnati to plant River of Life Church in inner-city Cincinnati.  

A turning point in his life took place in the spring of 2001. While serving as pastor a police shooting with racial overtones occurred in their neighborhood. As a response he developed a successful model of racial reconciliation.  

In 2007 he left the pastorate to serve in national leadership with the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA). While there he directed the EFCA All People Initiative. Under his leadership the EFCA went from 13% of their congregations classified as urban, ethnic, or multi-ethnic to 22%. While with the EFCA he authored the book Bridging The Diversity Gap. Through his innovative work with the EFCA he has become a “thought leader” in the multi-ethnic church movement.  

On a personal level Alvin and Caroline have been married since 1994. They are the proud parents of two daughters. He is an avid sports fan and "foodie." His personal mission is to be with God, love his family, and invest in those who invest in the poor.