History

In the 1970s, a group of United Methodists in Fountain Hills decided to form United Methodist Church. Layperson Charlie Thompson contacted The United Methodist Conference get a church started, but since there were not many people in Fountain Hills in the late 70s, it was deemed impractical. So, several couples began meeting in homes, more United Methodists moved to Fountain Hills; the group grew and began meeting in a conference room at the Community Bank and the Kiwanis building.

 

In 1987, they received their first part-time minister, Rev. Buddie Johnson, and and moved to a building on Enterprise Drive. Early in 1988, Rev. Don Henrich began as pastor and the church received its Certificate of Organization March 20th, 1988. The church was named the First United Methodist Church of Fountain Hills.

 

Rev. Jim O’Neal served as pastor from 1988 -1991. Rev. Ed Grant came in 1991 and that same year, a building was purchased and remodeled to serve as a new worship space. The church changed its name to The Fountains, A United Methodist Church, and Pastor Ed began a variety of creative ministries, including “Inspirations Coffee House” created with Chuck Marohnic. When Rev. Bert Lancaster retired to Fountain Hills in 1997, he assisted Rev. Grant for the next year.

 

Rev. Mark Lansberry came to The Fountains in 1999. In 2001, two lots were purchased at the NW corner of Glenbrook and Fountain Hills Blvd and rezoned for our church. In 2003 MTV Construction Company began building our beautiful 8,000 square foot sanctuary. A house, already on the property, was remodeled for church offices and classrooms. Worship services were held next door at the Fountain Hills Middle School while the sanctuary was built. The first service in the new sanctuary was November 30, 2003 and the church was consecrated Feb. 8, 2004 with Bishop William Dew.

 

Rev. David Felten, our current pastor, came to the Fountains in 2006. Pastor David is a Phoenix native, co-author of Living the Questions, and an advocate for progressive Christianity and social justice.