(Photo of The Locke Family taken in 1985)
‘The Fountainhead’ is the Carson City Foursquare Church, affiliated with the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel – an international, interdenominational in spirit gathering. The Foursquare Church has now grown to include more than 64,000 churches worldwide. There are currently more than 5 million members in 140 countries around the globe. It presently ranks as one of the three or four most distinguished branches of Pentecostalism. ‘The Fountainhead’ is one of 205 churches included in the Central Pacific District.
‘The Fountainhead’ was pioneered on June 7, 1987, on Pentecost Sunday. The initial “ministry team” consisted of four families who were all members of Life Center Foursquare Church in Reno. (Now called, ‘Hillside Foursquare Church’). The Lord had been speaking into the hearts of Louie and Peggy Locke, who had been members of Life Center for over 12 years, calling them and their family of four sons (Louie, John, Joel and Ben) to Carson City to pioneer a church (picture at left circa 1987). As that decision was made and plans were being established, the Lord spoke to the hearts of three other families living in Reno (the McKaigs, Meibergens and Nelsens) to join together to see God’s purposes accomplished.
Since that initial Sunday morning, the Lord has been building a people together in relationship and ministry. People have received Jesus as their Savior and Lord, have been baptized in water, filled with the Holy Spirit, healed, set free from bondage and harmful habit patterns, grown in their understanding and knowledge of the Bible and released to serve the Lord with their lives and giftings – realizing that our lives are to be:
1. A ministry to the Lord in worship and obedience
2. A ministry to one another in love, acceptance and support
3. A ministry to the world by reaching out to those around us in need of the life and love of Jesus Christ.