Desert Mission Anglican Church

faithfully present and on mission in Sunnyslope
Worship with us 9:30 am Sundays at 234 E Alice Ave, Phoenix AZ

Welcome to dmac

What to expect

We joyfully proclaim the Good News about Jesus Christ every Sunday! He is alive, he is Lord, and he has begun the renewal of all things, starting with his people, the church. Because of him you can receive new life, peace in the present and a sure hope for the future...all as a loving gift from God to you and the whole world. Find out more about what we believe.

Our worship and culture is shaped by what we call the Three Streams:
The Scriptures – You can expect to hear the Bible read, taught, and prayed in our services. The Holy Scriptures are our highest authority for faith and practice.
The Sacramental – Our worship follows an ancient pattern (called a liturgy) that is interactive and culminates in the celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Communion (also called the Eucharist).
The Spirit – We believe God the Holy Spirit moves powerfully today as he did in the early Church. The Holy Spirit changes our hearts to be more like Jesus and empowers us for mission.
If you are visiting for the first time, don’t worry about following along. Everything you need to know will be on the screen.

Our music is for the most part contemporary.

By the way, feel free to come as you are. You’ll see people in everything from suits and dresses, to shorts and tee-shirts. Most dress business casual.

Children of all ages are welcome at DMAC.

We offer childcare on Sundays for children age 4 and under; grades K-5 go to Sunday School during the sermon. If you’d like to keep your children with you during the whole service, you are welcome to do that! Don’t worry about some noise or movement; the presence of children is a gift! If you need to leave the service and take your child to the cry-room in the back for a bit, that’s okay, but please return. Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.”

Youth and adults meet for Catechesis classes (instruction in the Christian faith) at 11:15 am; childcare for the younger ones remains available.


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Contact info

Mailing address
P.O. Box 9156
Phoenix, AZ 85068

Leave a voicemail for the office: 602-493-0140

For general questions please email Michelle Kennedy, the Administrative Assistant:

Pastoral Staff
Rector: Fr. Nathan R. Hale | nathan@desertmissionanglican.orgAssociate Pastor: Fr. Scott BrewerMinister of Children & Youth: Jen AndersonMinister of Music: Amber Hale

3 ways to give

You are essential to helping our ministry of faithful presence and Gospel mission continue in this location. Your prayer support and financial gifts help feed the hungry, provide basic practical assistance to those in need, host joyful events for families and children, and keep a house of Christian prayer and worship active in the immediate area.

There are three ways you can make financial contributions to the ministry of Desert Mission Anglican Church:

In service → Just drop your donation in the offering plate

By mail → Send your donation to:
Desert Mission Anglican Church
P.O. Box 9156
Phoenix, AZ 85068

OnlineClick here to donate via Paypal

Putting down roots

This is an exciting time in the life of our parish! For nearly 14 years God has blessed us with his sustaining grace in every circumstance as we have responded to the call to be faithfully present with God, with each other, and with our neighbors.

After almost a decade and half of "portable church" and renting, we have in front of us a tremendous opportunity to lay down more permanent roots right here in Sunnyslope, right where we have been called to ministry for so long!

In 2012 we moved into the church campus where we currently rent from the Evangelical Methodist Church denomination. The day our leadership team came to first inspect the property, we joined hands--together with Rev. Max from the EMC--in a prayer of praise and thanks to God that a Gospel-focused church would continue to be a light for Christ in the neighborhood.

Since that day, we have facilitated many well-received community events to bless our neighbors (Trunk or Treat, Christmas Movie Night, back-to-school bash), facilitated marriage courses and parenting classes, and recently hosted a Christian concert. We have used our campus as a base to launch teams that offer food assistance to the needy, and we have even been a temporary shelter for those experiencing homelessness. We have worshipped faithfully every single Sunday, welcoming in many of our neighbors along the way. We have been a place of healing for the least, the last, the lost, the lonely, and the left-out.

A recent visitor to our campus said they could feel the "goodness of this place" as soon as they pulled into the parking lot. Our desire is to continue to be faithful presence in this location, reflecting God’s goodness and sharing the love of Christ with all that come worship with us, live nearby, or just find themselves taking a shortcut through the property.

The EMC is ready to sell the entire campus, and we would like to buy it. Because of their desire to keep a church in this location instead of other developments, the EMC has offered to carry the note for five years, along with a deep discount on the value of the property.

To make sure we are indeed being good stewards of the property and our common resources. our leadership team has initiated a fundraising campaign with a goal of $20,000 to be used for a down payment and/or essential repairs.

You are essential to helping our ministry of faithful presence and Gospel mission continue in this location. Your prayer support and financial gifts help feed the hungry, provide basic practical assistance to those in need, host joyful events for families and children, and keep a house of Christian prayer and worship active in the immediate area.

You can give toward our $20,000 goal in three ways:

1) In service - Check "building fund" on your offering envelope or write "building fund" in the memo line

2) By mail - Send your donation clearly marked for the building fund to:

Desert Mission Anglican Church
P.O. Box 9156
Phoenix, AZ 85068

3) Online - Donate via PayPal

Help us kickoff this fundraiser by attending Sunnyslope Soirée
Saturday April 13th from 5-7 pm
Discover how and why our church is putting down roots in Sunnyslope and celebrate with us as we raffle off prizes to raise funds for the purchase of our current building! Light Refreshments will be served and we will have an Easter egg hunt for the kids.

We are so grateful for your support and partnership in ministry, and for your prayerful consideration of how God might be leading you to help us deepen our roots in Sunnyslope!

On behalf of Desert Mission Anglican Church, and for the Kingdom of Christ,

Fr. Nathan R. Hale+
Rector, Desert Mission Anglican Church

What we believe

The Bible
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God written and to contain all things necessary to salvation.

The Creeds
The core of what we believe the Bible teaches is found in the Nicene Creed, an ancient and universal statement of orthodox Christian faith:

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,
begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

In addition the Nicene Creed, we also affirm the Apostles' and Athanasian Creeds. These three make up the historic creeds of the Catholic (universal) Church.

The Anglican Tradition
The word “Anglican” means that we trace the beginnings of our church to the Church of England, through the Reformation of the 16th Century, all the way back to the earliest English-speaking Christians. The Anglican Way is a way of being a Christian that is based–first and foremost–on the Bible and the patterns of worship recorded there.

We affirm the 39 Articles of Religion (a statement from the English Reformers addressing theological issues that were particularly pressing in their time).
We also affirm the theology expressed in the Ordinal (forms for ordaining Bishops, Priests, and Deacons) and liturgies found in the Book of Common Prayer, 1662.


For worship
Holy Eucharist, 9:30 am each Sunday
For confession
Rite of Healing & Reconciliation, by appointment with Fr. Nathan
For Christian fellowship
Connect Group, 5pm 1st and 3rd Sundays, Brewer residenceFamily meals - every 5th Sunday after service
For education & equipping
Catechesis, 11:15am each Sunday
For children's discipleship
Sunday school, during the sermon each SundayNursery Bible Story and Worship time, each Sunday during the service
For middle school and high school education
Catechesis, 11:15am each Sunday
For middle school and high school fellowship
Social gathering each month (announced in the newsletter)
For men's fellowship
Men's breakfast, 8:30am every 2nd Saturday
For service with and to our neighbors
Prayer for Sunnyslope, 12pm Each WednesdayNeighborhood Bread Delivery, 9:30am Each WednesdayYearly neighborhood events (Trunk or Treat, Christmas Movie Night, Summer Splash - contact us for details on getting involved)Cleaning/caring for the church property (contact us for details on getting involved)
For serving in worship
Altar guild, Acolytes, Worship Team, Ushers, Lectors, Greeters, Sunday School Teachers, Nursery Storytellers (contact us for details on getting involved)
For baptism, confirmation, and church membership
By appointment with Fr. Nathan