Public Radio KCEP-FM airs Fountain of Hope AME Church the third and fourth Sunday of the month from 10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. The church is located at 2955 E. Russell Road at McLeod.
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.
Reverend Harvey L. Vaughn III was born, raised and educated in St. Louis, Missouri. Reverend Vaughn is a third generation preacher following his father and grandfather in service to the Lord. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Columbia College and has an extensive background in the non profit housing and mortgage/ lending industry. He is a proud father of three beautiful daughters, Alexis, August and Hope.
Reverend Vaughn was called to the ministry in 1990 at the age of twenty two. He has been laboring for the Lord for 20 years and loves to spread the good news of what the Lord God has done in his life. He preaches about the transforming power of the Good News of Jesus Christ. Reverend Vaughn has been the pastor at four other AME churches including Perry Chapel AME Church, prior to being appointed to Fountain Of Hope AME Church in November, 2010. Reverend Vaughn was reappointed to the Fountain Of Hope AMEC at the 87th session of the Southern California Conference for the 2011-2012 conference year.
He has developed a rapport with the entire congregation and is currently in the process of establishing a mentoring program geared toward providing life skills and guidance to the preteen and teenage young men of our church. He passionately believes in outreach programs and ministries that take us outside of our church walls and into a service mode for the communities we effect.
Pastor Vaughn’s spiritual gifts and strengths are in the areas of teaching, leadership and administration. Our pastor is an avid reader and has started a book of the month club for the youth and adults. He enjoys traveling and professes to an attraction to vintage cars.
His vision for Fountain Of Hope is to expand our church walls. And, he has been instrumental in the process for this physical building expansion. In addition, he intends to aggressively increase our outreach, thereby increasing our membership and visibility in the community.