Fountain of Hope African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church was organized in 2002 by a group of believers spearheaded by William Dean Ishman. These believers felt very strongly that there should be an African Methodist Episcopal Church in Henderson, Nevada. The first exploratory meeting to form an AME church was held at the home of William Dean and Diane Ishman on October 5, 2002. An earlier attempt to start a church in Henderson, Nevada had been made in 1996; however, Reverend Dr. Howard S. Gloyd, Presiding Elder of the Los Angeles/San Diego/Las Vegas (LA/SD/LV) District, which is a part of the larger Fifth District, did not approve the first request to establish a church in Henderson because he felt it just was not the right time.

In 2002, after determining a new church could be supported in the Henderson area, Dr. Gloyd appointed Reverend Dr. A. Lee Henderson to be the founding pastor. The Reverend Dr. A. Lee Henderson suggested that the new church be named “Fountain Of Hope” and that “An underground explosion of the waters of eternal life for a thirsty world” be the theme. The name and theme were voted on and approved by the members in attendance and thus Fountain Of Hope African Methodist Episcopal Church was officially established at the second exploratory meeting as a church in the LA/SD/LV District. Church History – Download PDF


Mission of Fountain of Hope AME Church

Our Mission is to minister to the spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional needs of all people by spreading Christ’s liberating gospel through word and deed.

We greet you in the name of Jesus Christ, and we invite you to join us in worship.

Our church opens its doors wide in the name of Jesus, The Christ and bid you welcome.