Association of the Evangelical Christian Alliance
Apostle, Leonard D. Tennart, PhD., DMin, BCC, LPC
Chief Apostle, Chairman, General Board
International Director of Evangelisms and Missions
Bishop Gregory D. Mostella, DMin
General Overseer/Presiding Bishop
President, Board of Education
Bishop Michael Hilton
General Board Member
Credentialing, Governmental Affairs
1 Assistant Presiding Bishop
Bishop Grayling Ward
Pastor Linda Ward
National Women's Supervisor
Pastor Michelle Mostella,
The Evangelical Christian Alliance (ECA); “Called together to lead, Committed to follow.”
On December 4th nineteen hundred and ninety two (1992) in Sacramento California, the ECA came into existence.
The ECA is formed for providing a spiritual covering, covenant, and an umbrella of church related services. This Alliance parents the anointed through God-centered direction; strengthens Pastors, promotes interdependence, yet autonomy and maintenance of distinct independence identity.
We like to think of ourselves as not just a gathering of people, but a fellowship of people. We believe the “term” fellowship implies caring, support, friendship, sacrifice, shared together in an atmosphere of love and acceptance for all people.
With the dawn of the new millennium, comes an incredible responsibility of training and preparing God’s people for Jesus’ coming. We are praying and believing God for ministries and/or people who are willing to share of their substance, to help with this tremendous responsibility. You will never know in this lifetime how much your prayers and financial support really mean. They are important to us and will mean a tremendous amount to those that God will influence through your prayers and support.
The door you open to us will reap a harvest of blessings. Remember: Give, and it shall be given unto you; a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. (Luke 6:38)
There shall be forthcoming other aspirations and goals for this Alliance. Other Leaders will be chosen in the future to the coveted position of the Office of Chief Apostle, but Apostle Leonard D Tennart, the first Chief Apostle in the Evangelical Christian Alliance, will never be regarded as one who fitted into any of the neat little categories of the clergy. He defies regimentation and cannot be catalogued.
Although the drastic changes initiated by this God Sent Man provoked undue criticism, when the need arose, he could become as determined and tough as the hide of a rhinoceros without losing the tenderness of a child.
The Ecclesiastical Structure
Ecclesiastically, the Evangelical Christian Alliance is composed of (A) General Board, (B) General Director’s Council composed of the “Women’s Department”, “Plans and Programs”, “Evangelism and Missions”, and “Christian Education”, (C) Jurisdictional Assemblies, and (D) Local Churches.
Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Tax Status
We are frequently asked about various tax options for new churches, including the familiar 501(c)(3) non-profit tax status. First of all, it is important to consult a qualified tax professional for advice before making any tax planning decisions. No two situations are ever alike. Different ministers will have different goals and personal situations that necessitate personalized tax planning strategies.
Although the 501(c)(3) non-profit tax status may be the most well known option for churches, it is definitely not the only option, nor is it necessarily the best. 501(c)(3) has numerous tax advantages, but it comes with many restrictions as well. Certain religious activities may even jeopardize your tax status under this classification, so it may restrict how and where you are able to preach.
If you are considering tax exempt status for your newly established church, we recommend you read the publication from the IRS (IRS Publication 1828). This will give you a good look at the main aspects and give you a starting point to continue the conversation with your tax advisor.
Please note that the ECA has elected to avoid 501(c)(3) status.