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.

WATCH HERE FOR THE FOUNTAINS UMC RESPONSE TO COVID-19Information changes frequently, so be sure to check back often

The Fountains UMC is creating a plan for its response to COVID-19, with the goal of maintaining social distance to keep everyone safe. Sharing information and maintaining contact with members and the community is critical, and to that end we have several actions in process. Watch here for updates, and come back often to check on new information!

  • All in-person meetings and group gatherings on campus are supended through the end of April.
  • The Fountains UMC Office will be open by appointment only until further notice.
  • Sunday morning Celebrations are Live-Streamed at 9:30am only, no face-to-face gatherings.
  • Meals at JUSTA and Halle Centers are suspended until further notice.
  • April 24-26 Mingus Mountain All Church Camp is cancelled
Sunday Morning Celebrations

Sunday morning Celebrations will be held at 9:30 online only, via Livestream, You Tube and Facebook. Follow one of these links to tune in on Sunday mornings: