Alpha USA Announces Leadership Transition

Craig Springer will step down as the Executive Director of Alpha USA on April 30, and John Wentz, current Executive Vice President of Ministry, has been unanimously appointed by the Board of Directors to succeed him.


God has done an amazing work through Alpha USA under Craig’s leadership. As an organization, we are stronger, healthier, more financially stable, and have increased our reach across the U.S. We are deeply grateful to Craig for his leadership, and we celebrate his family’s new season of ministry.


As John steps into this role, we are thankful that God called and prepared someone within the organization to create a seamless transition. John is loved and respected among the Alpha community, and he has a proven leadership record at Alpha.

Nicky Gumbel Shares His Thoughts
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Meet John Wentz

After seven years serving Alpha USA (Executive Vice President of Ministry) and Alpha International (Church Engagement and Training Strategy), John Wentz steps in as the Executive Director of Alpha USA May 1, 2022.

Since joining the Alpha USA team in 2015, John has led the expansion of regional networks, invested in the growth of context ministries (youth, prisons, Catholic), and improved training nationally and internationally. He also developed the hub church strategy and designed the core of Alpha USA’s church engagement framework, both of which are now being implemented globally.

With 23 years of pastoral experience, John has impacted many churches, ministry leaders, and college students across the world. He is a gifted communicator, trainer and coach, and has a heart for people from different cultures. John and his wife Shannon have been married for 22 years and have three children, Luke, Logan and Mikayla. Their family currently resides in Oswego, Illinois, outside of Chicago.

From Strength to Strength

Nicky shares his gratitude for Craig’s strong leadership of Alpha USA and how the appointment of John Wentz to succeed Craig will take Alpha USA forward in this new season.

A New Season of Ministry

John shares his heart and vision for Alpha USA. Get to know John a little bit more and hear about the exciting things ahead in this video.

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