DREAM CITY CHURCH (Formerly Phoenix First Assembly) is a church nestled within the Shadow Mountain Preserve, shining God’s light and impacting a city. From its early beginnings as a tent meeting to its 72-acre Phoenix campus, 20-acre Scottsdale campus, and its newest campus in Glendale, Dream City Church progressively lives out its mission to lead people into a fully-devoted relationship with Jesus Christ by loving people, cultivating community, and inspiring hope.
The waves of the Pentecostal Movement of the early Twentieth Century were still rippling when the church held its first service in 1923. In the first quarter of the century, America saw unprecedented economic prosperity and freedom, marked by a renewed awareness of ideals and social changes that still define our culture today. The invention and wide-spread use of automobiles, telephones, and motion pictures connected people and ideas as never before, women won the right to vote, and the world was recovering from the effects of the First World War. In the midst of this changing world, the Church experienced rapid growth.
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.
With a full-time staff of 70, including 12 pastors, Dream City Church is one of the most active and fruitful churches in the Phoenix metropolitan area. It has experienced a new wave of explosive growth in recent decades under the leadership and vision of Pastors Tommy Barnett and Luke Barnett. In November 2015, the church became the Valley’s newest multi-site megachurch with the opening of its Scottsdale campus, and then in February 2016, Dream City Church merged with Community Church of Joy in Glendale, AZ, a union that expanded Dream City Church’s reach into the West Valley and took an unprecedented step toward a movement that will break down denominational walls to reach more people for Christ.
A CHURCH WITH A HEART
Dream City Church extends a helping hand to the community with a demonstrated dedication to meet the physical and spiritual needs of tens of thousands of individuals and families each month.
Seven wheel-chair accessible buses bring special needs people to Sunday services each week and a special needs Sunday school delivers sound biblical teaching while providing physical assistance and compassion to individuals with developmental and physical disabilities. The annual Season of Compassion from November to December provides Thanksgiving dinners and bicycles to families in need, care center gift bags to the elderly and disabled, and an opening night performance of Celebration of Christmas is presented exclusively to special needs individuals.
Mom’s Pantry, Dream City Church’s food distribution center, provides essential nutrition to families in need. Emergency supplemental food-aid is provided to over 30,000 people each year. Reclaimed, a retail thrift boutique, provides employment and job training to single parents, and thousands of articles of clothing are donated to low-income families each year.
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 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.