Peckville Alliance Church

Of The Christian & Missionary Alliance


340 Hickory Street, Peckville, PA ● (570)-489-4063

About



Mission Statement

Romans 12:1 - "Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship."

Our Mission: To live in a Romans 12:1 posture, so that:


What we believe determines what we value, and what we value defines how we live. Scripture-based core values are the key to successful Kingdom living. Alliance people share seven core values that flow from the Fourfold Gospel - the driving force behind our desire to know Jesus Christ as Savior, Sanctifier, Healer, and Coming King.

As you read through these values ask God how He would have you apply them in your daily walk with Him:

  1. Lost People matter to God. He wants them found. In the formative years of our movement, the Holy Spirit instilled within A. B. Simpson a passion to reach people with no knowledge of Jesus Christ in his "Jerusalem" and around the world. That passion still lives within The Alliance today.

  2. Prayer is the primary work of God's people. We believe that nothing of lasting value can be done unless it is bathed in prayer. So passionate was his belief that prayer undergirds all ministry, Alliance founder A. B. Simpson was compelled to create a prayer league to focus on the world's evangelization. He believed that the Prayer Alliance would "prove to be the mightiest force in the spread of missions;" that force still drives The Alliance today.

  3. Everything we have belongs to God. We are His stewards. This core value is intrinsic to the nature and structure of The Alliance—we teach and practice the blessing and effectiveness of the faith principle of giving as Scripture encourages us to remember that it's not the amount of money we have or how much we give—it's recognizing that everything we have comes from God (Luke 21:1-4).

  4. Knowing and obeying God's Word is fundamental to all true success. If The Alliance had a "life application" verse, it would be Matthew 28:19: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit—AKA The Great Commission! But the next verse is equally important: "...and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you."

  5. Completing the Great Commission will require the mobilization of every fully devoted disciple. In The Christian and Missionary Alliance the first priority of every minister, congregation, and believer is to work for the evangelization of the world. Healthy churches producing healthy disciples devoted to reaching lost people—this is what will hasten the completion of the Great Commission and the return of Jesus Christ.

  6. Without the Holy Spirit's empowerment, we can accomplish nothing. The Apostle Paul said, My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power, so that your faith might not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power (1 Corinthians 2:4-5). This is the fiber of our being as believers and the sixth of our Alliance core values.

  7. Achieving God's purposes means taking faith-filled risks. This always involves change. For more than a century, Alliance workers have braved harsh and dangerous territory—often at great personal risk—to take the good news of Jesus to a lost world. These workers experienced this Alliance Core Value—"Achieving God's purposes means taking faith-filled risks. This always involves change." Because of the selfless dedication of Alliance workers who were willing to lay down their lives for the gospel, entire people groups now know Jesus.

Alliance founder Dr. A. B. Simpson defined the C&MA’s spiritual DNA more than 100 years ago, referring to it as the Fourfold Gospel; it’s the heart of what Alliance people believe about Jesus and forms the foundation of all that defines The C&MA.

The Fourfold Gospel is the Christological summary on which the core values of The Christian and Missionary Alliance is based. Through dramatic spiritual encounters that changed the course of his life, Simpson came to firmly believe that Christ was not only his Savior, but also his Sanctifier and Healer.

Alliance people share this rich legacy, as well as our founder’s passion to complete the Great Commission—to take the light of Christ to places where there is little access to the truth—and bring back our Coming King.

Jesus Christ is our Savior

The Name of Jesus has impacted lives around the world for more than 2,000 years. He is a universal Savior, promising that: "whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

Jesus is an exclusive Savior. "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name in heaven given to men by which we must be saved" Acts 4:12. Contrary to what contemporary culture tells us, there are not multiple paths to God. There is only one—Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is our Sanctifier.

Many Christians understand God’s promise of salvation but do not experience the ongoing sanctifying work of Jesus Christ in their lives. For those who neither understand nor allow the Holy Spirit's control in their lives, the results have a profound effect.

Unsuccessful struggle against sin and a lack of power in life and ministry frustrate those who have asked Jesus to be their Savior but not their Sanctifier, resulting in a lack of joy in their walk with Christ. At the point when we are born again, we become members of God’s family. We believe He paid the price for our sin and that his followers are—set apart from those are not born again—and are seen as holy because of what Christ has done.

Jesus Christ is our Healer.

A great portion of Christ’s time was dedicated to healing the sick. He healed all kinds of people: the blind, the paralyzed, the lame, the deaf, lepers, those who had fevers, and many with chronic illnesses.

We find no record in the gospels of Jesus turning away anyone who came to him for healing, nor do we find that any disease was too difficult for him to heal. He even raised the dead. Miraculous healings still occur today—evidence that Christ is still our Healer.

Jesus Christ is our Coming King.

The physical return of Jesus has been the subject of speculation and controversy since His ascension into the clouds, which is recorded in the New Testament Book of Acts. Knowing that countless millions still have not heard the gospel, The Alliance is committed to doing its part to complete Christ’s Great Commission before His imminent return.

What The Alliance believes about God, how He relates to us, and how we relate to Him is foundational in its teachings. The Alliance wholeheartedly serves God and the people of His world, based soundly on the Bible. We live and die by these words and believe they bring the only life worth living—one wholly committed to the King Jesus.

Our Statement of Faith

There is one God, (1) who is infinitely perfect, (2) existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (3) Jesus Christ is the true God and the true man. (4) He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. (5) He died upon the cross, the Just for the unjust, (6) as a substitutionary sacrifice, (7) and all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood. (8) He arose from the dead according to the Scriptures. (9) He is now at the right hand of Majesty on high as our great High Priest. (10) He will come again to establish His kingdom, righteousness and peace. (11) The Holy Spirit is a divine person, (12) sent to indwell, guide, teach, empower the believer, (13) and convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. (14) The Old and New Testaments, inerrant as originally given, were verbally inspired by God and are a complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men. They constitute the divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice. (15) Man was originally created in the image and likeness of God: (16) he fell through disobedience, incurring thereby both physical and spiritual death. All men are born with a sinful nature, (17) are separated from the life of God, and can be saved only through the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ. (18) The portion of the unrepentant and unbelieving is existence forever in conscious torment; (19) and that of the believer, in everlasting joy and bliss. (20) Salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ for all men; and those who repent and believe in Him are born again of the Holy Spirit, receive the gift of eternal life, and become the children of God. (21) It is the will of God that each believer should be filled with the Holy Spirit and be sanctified wholly, (22) being separated from sin and the world and fully dedicated to the will of God, thereby receiving power for holy livingand effective service. (23) This is both a crisis and a progressive experience wrought in the life of the believer subsequent to conversion. (24) Provision is made in the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ for the healing of the mortal body. (25) Prayer for the sick and anointing with oil are taught in the Scriptures and are privileges for the Church in this present age. (26) The Church consists of all those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, are redeemed through His blood, and are born again of the Holy Spirit. Christ is the Head of the Body, the Church, (27) which has been commissioned by Him to go into all the world as a witness, preaching the gospel to all nations. (28) The local church is a body of believers in Christ who are joined together for the worship of God, for edification through the Word of God, for prayer, fellowship, the proclamation of the gospel, and observance of the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. (29) There shall be a bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust; for the former, a resurrection unto life; (30) for the latter, a resurrection unto judgment. (31) The second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is imminent (32) and will be personal, visible, and premillennial. (33) This is the believer’s blessed hope and is a vital truth which is an incentive to holy living and faithful service. (34)

[1] Deuteronomy 6:4, [2] Matthew 5:48, [3] Matthew 28:19, [4] Philippians 2:6-11, [5] Luke 1:34-38, [6] 1 Peter 3:18, [7] Hebrews 2:9, [8] Romans 5:9, [9] Acts 2:23-24, [10] Hebrews 8:1, [11] Matthew 26:64, [12] John 14:15-18, [13] John 16:13; Acts 1:8, [14] John 16:7-11, [15] 2 Peter 1:20â-21; 2 Timothy 3:15-16, [16] Genesis 1:27, [17] Romans 3:23, [18] 1 Corinthians15:20-23, [19] Revelation 21:8, [20] Revelation 21:1-4, [21]Titus 3:4â-7, [22] 1 Thessalonians 5:23, [23] Acts 1:8, [24] Romans 6:1-14, [25] Matthew 8:16-17, [26] James 5:13-16, [27] Ephesians 1:22-23,[28] Matthew 28:19-20, [29] Acts 2:41-47, [30] 1 Corinthians 15:20-23, [31] John 5:28-29, [32] Hebrews 10:37, [33] Luke 21:27, [34] Titus 2:11-14

You can find out more about what we believe on the Christian & Missionary Alliance's website


About the Pastor

Nestor Soto began to follow Christ on January 21, 1983, at the age of 20. Having completed his B.A. in Psychology at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH and thereafter working in health care administration, Nestor began to sense the call of God into ministry at the age of 26, which led him to study Missions at RHEMA Bible Training Center in Tulsa, OK.

After his graduation and licensing, Nestor traveled on short-term missions overseas and in teaching ministry throughout the U.S. In 1997, Nestor joined the staff of Christ Alive Christian Center (Bronx, NY) as its Evangelism and Discipleship Director, a position he held until 2001, at which time he moved to Milford PA to plant Followers Christian Fellowship, an independent non-denominational church. During his five years as its pastor, Nestor also began to serve as chaplain of the Andover Subacute and Rehab Center, a 702-bed skilled nursing facility in Andover, NJ, a position he held until 2009.

In 2009, Nestor began his graduate studies at the Alliance Theological Seminary, and completed his M.A. with honors in Biblical Literature, New Testament - Greek track in 2011. After graduating, Nestor began serving as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in Greek I and II courses, as well as pursuing licensing for pastoral ministry within the Christian and Missionary Alliance.

In June of 2013, Nestor was installed as the Lead Pastor of the C & MA Church of Peckville, PA, a position which he holds to date. As of September of 2014, Nestor is also joining the faculty of Nyack College’s School of Bible and Christian Ministry as an adjunct professor. Nestor is single, and lives in Dingmans Ferry, PA, where he enjoys running, hiking, journaling, photography, and pretty much anything else that get him outdoors.