About Us

 

The Immigration Alliance is a national, collaborative effort that equips churches to provide critical legal services to under-resourced immigrants.

The Immigration Alliance’s affiliated churches provide fair, trustworthy immigration legal counsel including:

  • low-cost legal counseling on immigration-related matters;
  • support in determining eligibility for benefits;
  • assistance in preparing applications for legal immigration status;
  • immigration support to victims of crime and domestic violence; and
  • assistance in reuniting families.

The Immigration Alliance is committed to dramatically multiplying the number of sites across the country providing low-cost, high-quality immigrant legal services over the next three years.

The Immigration Alliance provides local churches with best-in-class training to prepare churches to serve immigrants, coordinates and oversees efforts to ensure quality and consistency, and shares resources to maximize our effectiveness and reach.

Rev. Blaine Dereck — Executive Director

Blaine has 3 plus decades of experiences as a Pastor throughout the United States in multiple roles from staff positions to solo pastorate. He graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University. Married for 39 years to Lynnette he is the father of two adult children, grand-father of 6 very active grandkids.

He continues to serve as the Executive Director of Oasis Ministries of Colorado Springs, CO a non-profit, start-up ministry in partnership with Immigrant Hope seeking to establish a low-cost immigration legal services center at a local Church. Founded in 2015 Oasis is pursuing their accreditation hoping to provide services in the fall of 2017. He and the local team in Colorado Springs know firsthand the great need the community is experiencing and the backlog many immigrants are facing.

He served as the associate pastor for three years, responsible for immigration ministries at Mosaic Church of Aurora, CO which is a multi-ethnic congregation in a neighborhood that has over 109 different languages spoken with a 2 mile radius of the church. This experience kindled a passion and concern for the Stranger Among Us.

His desire is to use his God given talents of relational capacity, networking skills, and a thirst for people development to the task of seeing The Immigration Alliance advance its mission of helping churches and non-profits accomplish the task of aiding the immigrant community with quality low-cost legal services.

Contact Blaine at blaine[at]theimmigrationalliance.org.

Larry Roberts - Board Chair

Larry Roberts serves as Chief Operating Officer of the Free Methodist Church-USA, an evangelical Christian denomination with over 1-million members. Before taking his current role with the church, he’d been on its board for 17 years the final nine as board chair.

Larry spent most of his life in broadcasting, starting as a top-40 disc jockey in the 1960’s and buying his first radio station in 1982. His company grew to 12 stations in five markets before he sold it to publicly traded Fisher Communications in 1995. Larry served the next 16 years as President of Fisher’s regional radio group which, at its peak, had 24 radio stations across the northwestern United States. Upon the sale of those stations in 2006 he remained with Fisher and lead 10 of its television stations in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon, five of which were CBS affiliates.

Larry retired from active involvement in broadcasting in 2011, to pursue a dream of pastoring a church. After 17 months as pastor of a Free Methodist church in Boise, Idaho, he became C.O.O. of the denomination and moved to Indianapolis, where its World Ministries Center is located.

On June 1, 2013, he also purchased three NBC television stations in Oregon, which he continues to own.

Larry has served on the boards of directors of the National Association of Broadcasters, the Free Methodist Church – USA, Seattle Pacific University, Western Evangelical Seminary, and several local Chambers of Commerce, United Way, Salvation Army, Rotary, and other civic organizations.

Larry is married to Sheryl, his wife of 43 years. They have 3 grown children and 10 grandchildren.

Board of Directors

  • Larry Roberts, Chair, Chief Operating Officer of Free Methodist Church USA
  • Rev. Dr. Alejandro Mandes, Vice Chair, Executive Director of All People Ministry of The Evangelical Free Church of America
  • Rev. Rosilio Roman, Secretary, Assistant Vice President of Church Ministries of the Christian and Missionary Alliance
  • Rev. Althea C. Taylor, Treasurer, Executive Pastor for Bronx Bethany Church of the Nazarene
  • Cecilia Williams, Director of the Department of Compassion, Mercy and Justice for the Evangelical Covenant Church
  • Dennis Rivera, Director of the Office of Hispanic Relations of Assemblies of God
  • Gus Haddad, Executive Committee, Anglican Church in North America

National Members

Local Members

Partner Organizations

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