About Us

It starts with a dream

DREAM CITY CHURCH (formerly Phoenix First Assembly) is one church in many locations, shining God’s light and impacting a city. From its early beginnings as a tent meeting to becoming a multi-campus church, Dream City Church progressively lives out its mission to reveal Christ to the world by loving people, cultivating community, and inspiring hope.

Nearly a century later, Dream City Church carries on this tradition of rebirth and renewal by continuing to reach people with innovative programs and teachings. Illustrated sermons, theatrical productions, and creative drama and media deliver the gospel message to an ever-changing culture in a way that is fresh and relevant, while pioneering outreach ministries extend the love and influence of Christ to a community in need.

Our mission is to lead people into a fully-devoted relationship with Jesus Christ by loving people, cultivating community, and inspiring hope.

Our Pastors

Luke Barnett

Senior Pastor

Pastor Luke is a gifted communicator. His creative ideas, visionary leadership and focus on relationships have led the church into a new season of growth.

Tommy Barnett

Co-Pastor

Pastor Tommy’s innovative approach to utilizing the creative arts as well as compassion ministries to present the Gospel to the poor and hurting have become signature components of his ministry.

What we believe

Dream City Church is a contemporary Assemblies of God Christian church.

Our values

GRACE

We believe in extending the same grace we have received from God.

GIFTS

We believe in using our spiritual gifts to serve the world around us.

GIVING

We believe in worshiping God by giving of our time, talents, & finances.

GROUPS

We believe people grow best in small groups with other believers.

GROWTH

We believe healthy things grow. As people experience freedom in Christ, they share their faith and the Church grows.

A church with a dream

Founded in 2006 by Pastor Tommy Barnett, the Phoenix Dream Center serves over 40,000 people each month with a range of programs to renovate lives and infiltrate the love of Jesus throughout the inner city. Each week 110 street and nursing home outreaches provide food and clothing to people in need. A comprehensive Christian-based life recovery program provides a home to 300 people every night and offers education, life coaching and Christian counseling to those recovering from substance abuse addiction or suffering from the effects of mental illness and emotional trauma resulting from emotional, physical, or sexual abuse.

The Phoenix Dream Center’s Hope Wing provides secure refuge and counseling for victims of sexual exploitation of all forms. Women in the program are taught to live healthy, independent lives through Christian spiritual guidance, legal aid, counseling, and education. The Dream Center’s Foster Care Relief Program provides services to young adults who have aged out of foster care, supporting their transition into independent living.

A church with a vision

In 2013, God gave Pastor Luke a five-point, ten-year vision for Dream City Church:

  • To reach 50,000 people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and have 5,000 small groups to care for the people of our church
  • To become the Christian arts capital of the state of Arizona
  • To become a multi-site church with campuses in every city across the state of Arizona
  • To complete our new lobby area and arts center
  • To be debt free by 2023

Luke’s leadership has guided significant progress in each of these areas and the church has risen to revolutionary heights in assimilation and new program development.

As Dream City Church nears its 100-year celebration, it looks forward to another century of new and renewed God-given dreams for community outreach and discipleship.