Our Story

A rich history bringing glory to god in Phoenix


In 1954, a group of people had a desire to establish a non-denominational Bible church in north central Phoenix. Land was donated at 7th Avenue and Bethany Home Road and ground was broken on Thanksgiving Day. At the time, this location was a mile north of the Phoenix city limits. The dedication service for what had become Bethany Bible Church was held on Easter Sunday in April 1955.


Founding Pastor John Mitchell laid solid foundations of practical Bible teaching, serving our community, and global missions. During this time, Bethany planted several other Bible churches: Camelback Bible, Scottsdale Bible, Trinity Bible, Grace Bible, Biltmore Bible, Faith Bible, Desert Springs Bible, and Community Bible Church in Pagosa Springs, Colorado.


After decades of growth in the English worship services, a Spanish-speaking congregation was added to the BBC family. Iglesia Bíblica Bethany was founded in 2006 and continues to be a vibrant part of Bethany to this day.


In 2019, Dr. Mike Fleischmann was called as Senior Pastor and began his role as Bethany’s primary teacher, leader, and shepherd.


Bethany is growing, strongly committed to the future, and poised to make a tremendous impact in the bustling central corridor of Phoenix. Pastor Mike is championing the effort to engage our church and community in relevant and caring ways while bringing a renewed focus to our legacy of strong, practical Bible teaching, raising up next generation leaders, tirelessly serving the needs of our community, and a deep commitment to global missions.

We are part of a bigger story. Journey with us as we discover our role in God’s story for Phoenix.