Our History

Immanuel began in the summer of 1979 in a home in south Scottsdale. God led Richard Fellars to return home to the Phoenix area to plant the church after completing his graduate degree at a Christian university in South Carolina. Several families met for the preaching and teaching of the Word in houses and eventually in the auditorium of a public school. In time, God enabled this small congregation to purchase land on its present site in the 1990s. Eventually a small sanctuary and an office was constructed and used for several years until a larger sanctuary could be built and the church's existing space transformed into a fellowship hall and classrooms. 

God kept bringing families to this unique congregation. Many who came ended up leaving to follow God's call into ministry. The church enjoyed steady growth and purchased the lot to the west of it in 2006 which became the administrative wing and youth building. In the summer of 2007, Dr. Fellars resigned his position to pursue a call to teach at a Bible college in Wisconsin. The church's associate pastor, Josh Matteson, stepped into the role of interim pastor while the church sought God's will for Immanuel's future. 

In May of 2008, God led the congregation to call Pastor Josh to remain at Immanuel as Senior Pastor.  Pastor Josh and his wife Tracey had come to Immanuel in 1997 and served in numerous positions within the church prior to accepting the call to the senior pastorate of the church. 

In April of 2017, Pastor Josh resigned to start a new ministry.  Richard Fellars returned to Immanuel as interim pastor, accepting the call to become the senior pastor in the fall of 2017.

Immanuel today remains as committed as it ever was to the Scriptures, the Gospel, and the glory of God. Our ongoing passion and desire is to reach our community and the world with the Gospel and to disciple families and individuals to confess Christ as Savior, follow Christ as Lord, and love Christ as their greatest treasure.

our commitments

We are committed to GOSPEL-CENTERED MINISTRY: 

   We believe that the Gospel is just the ABC's of the Christian life, but it is the A to Z of this life as well. This means that the Gospel is a reference point for everything we say and do individually and corporately. We seek to apply the Gospel to all that we do in the church and outside of it. In so doing, we seek to avoid man-centered ways of thinking and performing. (See Galatians 2:15-21, Colossians 1:21-23, and 1 Thessalonians 1:2-10)


   We believe that the call to the Christian life is a call to discipleship. We believe the Bible teaches us that a disciple is a believer who confesses Christ as Savior, follows Christ as Lord, and loves Christ as greatest treasure. Our commitment is to see every member of our church family grow as disciples. We are committed therefore to providing the elements essential to healthy disciple-making in a church community: intentional relationships, biblical training, and sacrificial love. (See Matthew 28:18-20, Colossians 3:1-17, and Philippians 3:12-4:1)

We are committed to CONSTRUCTIVE COMMUNITY: 

   We believe that the local church is the place where Christ's body is engaged with one another in ministry that is Spirit-enabled and biblically guided. This requires that we commit to coming together in both large and smaller groups for the purpose of building up each other in love and achieving maturity as the body of Jesus. We are committed to fulfilling the vision of the Scriptures for the church as expressed in Ephesians 4, 1 Corinthians 12-13, and Romans 12.

We are committed to GLORIFYING WORSHIP: 

   We believe that our purpose when we gather is to bring glory to God. Our worship together is guided by this passion. We meet to exalt Him and Him alone as we respond in genuine and appropriate ways to both who God is and to what God has done as Creator and Redeemer. Our worship services are shaped by the Gospel as we respond to His invitation to come to Him, acknowledge our desperate need of Him, praise Him for His grace provided by the sacrificial death of His Son, and express anew our commitment to follow and obey Him. (See Psalm 96, Colossians 3:16-17, and Hebrews 10:23-24)

We are committed to STRATEGIC EVANGELISM: 

   We believe that our responsibility in the present hour is to the mission which our Lord gave us in Matthew 28:18-20. We are committed therefore to proclaiming the Gospel to our neighbors and local community as well as to our city, our region, our nation, and to the world. We are committed to approaching our mission strategically. This means that we apply the Scriptures in reaching out to our world by proclaiming the Gospel unapologetically but doing so with love, compassion, and humility as servants of our neighbors. Though our work is local we recognize the necessity of reaching out globally as well as thus we maintain strong partnerships and involvement in missions around the world. (See  Matthew 28:18-20, 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5, and 2 Corinthians 4:1-6)