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Who We Are

Our Vision

Our History

Our Staff

passion led us here

In the Beginning


In the beginning, there were only twenty-five who gathered in a small house in the foothills. In October of 1967, Frank Williams, our founding pastor, brought a group of spiritual rebels together. They sat on old chairs and sang out of donated hymnals. St. Francis in the Foothills was born out of the need to create a spiritual home where all means all. A home for spiritual outcasts, the unchurched, and for those who were judged for who they love or what they believe.


Frank Williams inspired the first congregation to grow and create a church in the hills where all are welcome and safe. Since that October, St. Francis has grown, yet our mission to serve all people has remained steadfast. 

Our Vision

A sacred community where inclusivity and social justice converge to ignite spiritual growth and effect positive change in the world.

To cultivate spiritual growth, inclusivity, social justice, and belonging as a forward-thinking church.

Our Mission

Meet Our Staff

Pastor Mike Wilkerson

Mike Wilkerson



Reverend Michael Wilkerson was born in Ocala, Florida, and moved around while growing up, mostly in the southeast part of the country. Upon graduation from high school, he enlisted in the Navy, attended the University of Florida through an ROTC scholarship, then served as an officer in submarines. After thirteen years of military service, Mike left the Navy, got a master’s degree, and then moved to the Phoenix area where he worked as a component design engineer at Intel Corporation for twenty years.

Melissa Mitchell

Melissa Mitchell

Administrative Coordinator


Steve Barclay Facilities Coordinator

Steve Barclay

Facilities Coordinator

Shar Aslaksen

Shar Aslaksen

Programs Coordinator

Deborah Kramer

Deborah Kramer

Administrative Assistant

Cynthia Hilts, Choir Director

Cynthia Hilts

Music Director

Joe Pitonzo

Joe Pitonzo

Raggedy Band Director

Cathy DeMers

Thank you to our congregation

and all of our volunteers who keep St. Francis in the Foothills vital and alive!

Congregatin of St Francis

Cathy DeMers

Director, International School for Peace

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