Timeline

This timeline details TEAM’s founding, history, and the countries where we have worked.

1876 

TEAM's founder, Fredrik Franson, a son of Swedish immigrants to Nebraska, meets the famous evangelist D.L. Moody in Chicago and becomes part of his church.

1879 

Franson goes to the Utah territory to minister to some 30,000 Swedish immigrants who had gone there for inexpensive land.

1881 

Franson leaves on an extensive ministry in Europe where he hears the well-known missionary statesman, Hudson Taylor, challenge people to go to China with the Gospel. From that encounter, Franson forms six missionary sending agencies in various European countries. All six agencies continue to send out missionaries to this day.

1890 

After arriving back in America, Franson forms a training class in Brooklyn, New York. Franson's first class on October 14, 1890, is recognized as the "birthday" of TEAM. The early name for the agency was "The Scandinavian Alliance Mission," which reflects Franson's vision to bring churches together into an alliance to send out missionaries. Classes are also initiated in Chicago, Minneapolis, and Omaha.

1891 

The first band of 35 missionaries board a train for the West Coast on January 17, 1891, and eventually reach China.

1890s 

En route to China, the early missionaries pass through Japan, which becomes a new field for the mission.

1892 

A small group goes to Swaziland in southern Africa.

1906 

Missionaries in Venezuela and Colombia

1908 

Following one of his lengthy trips to the field, Franson dies while resting at the home of some friends in Idaho Springs, Colorado.

1931 

Missionaries in Netherlands Antilles

1936 

Missionaries in Mozambique and Portugal 

1942 

Missionaries in Zimbabwe (Southern Rhodesia)

1946 

Missionaries re-enter Japan and Pakistan

1947 

Missionaries in Tibetan Frontier

1949 

Name changed to TEAM – The Evangelical Alliance Mission

1951 

Missionaries in Taiwan, Papua (Western Dutch New Guinea), and Java

1952 

Missionaries in France and Spain

1953 

Missionaries in Korea

1955 

Missionaries in Ceylon (Sri Lanka), Arab World

1960 

Missionaries in Southeast Europe

1961 

Missionaries in Peru

1963 

Missionaries in Trinidad

1965 

Missionaries in Austria

1966 

New headquarters in Wheaton, Illinois, occupied

1966

Missionaries in Central Asia

1968 

Missionaries in Nepal

1969 

Missionaries in Chad and merger with Sudan United Mission

1979 

Merger with The Orinoco River Mission (Venezuela)

1981 

Missionaries in Italy

1983 

Missionaries in Brazil and merger with Japan Evangelical Mission

1986 

Missionaries in Philippines

1987 

Missionaries in Mexico

1988 

Missionaries in Hong Kong, re-enter Mozambique

1990 

Missionaries in Czech Republic

1992 

Missionaries in Russia

1992 

Missionaries in South Asia

1994 

Missionaries in England, Ireland, Germany, Poland, and merger with Bible Christian Union

1995 

Missionaries in Dagestan

1996 

Missionaries in Ukraine

1998 

Missionaries in Southeast Asia

2000 

Missionaries in Australia

2001 

Missionaries in Honduras and Middle East

2003 

Missionaries in areas of Asian Minorities

2004 

Missionaries in Sweden

2007

Missionaries in Costa Rica

2013

Missionaries in Guatemala and Greece

 

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