From 1942-1945, more than 6,000 people called Fontana Village home. When the Fontana Dam was completed, all but a dozen families moved away. Those who stayed behind realized their need for a place to worship God as a community. Because of their varied religious and denominational backgrounds, a non-denominational, Christian church was formed in 1948. It was given the name Fontana Community Church.
Three generations have served together to meet that need. Ernest Stiles, Sr., who retired in 2009, ministered 24 years in this little church. He recently died in 2018 at the age of 97. His wife, Juanita Shuford Stiles, who died in 2004, left behind the tangible legacy of our scripture garden, Their daughter, Gloria Hardy, who assisted Rev. Stiles since 1999, assumed ministerial responsiblites in March of 2009. Her husband, Dean Hardy, continues to provide much-needed resourses and assistance to maintain the day-to-day financial and operating needs of the church. Their son, Rob Hardy, serves as guitarist and "muscle" wherever needed.
Whether it's from the pulpit, greeting folks at the doorway, or from the garden wheelbarrow, the testimony is always the same. God is good! Praise the name of Jesus! Welcome, Holy Spirit! Just simple, uncomplicated praise to our Lord on high, in whatever fashion that pleases Him!