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 was called to be interim pastor.
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.