Desert Grace is a community moving forward on a journey toward God.

Our Mission

To make Christlike disciples in the nations.

We will endeavor to show our community what it means to live in relationship with God!


Our History

We began as Desert Springs Church of the Nazarene.

Back in the 1990’s, a group of Nazarenes saw the need for a church to be located in the fast-growing Yuma Foothills. After much prayer and consideration, the church was launched – initially meeting in a mortuary. After some significant growth, the church began meeting at a local elementary school cafeteria. The congregation was finally able to purchase land and construction on a new Sanctuary commenced. The men of the church did the majority of the work and the building was up and running in just a few months – opening in 2003.

Also in 2003, the congregation of Grace Church of the Nazarene in Yuma was looking for a way to grow, but was landlocked at its current location. Leadership of the church began to feel led to consider a merger with the Desert Springs congregation in the Foothills. After a great deal of prayer and consideration by both churches, each congregation voted to combine as one church at Desert Spring’s location. A new name was chosen for the church, one that sought to incorporate an ideal that we can be a community church. That’s how Desert Grace Community Church of the Nazarene came about.

Desert Grace desires to be a true community church. In 2013, we saw a renewal of this value within the church and began offering several community events, from our Vendor’s Village & Farmer’s Market to our partnership with Upward Sports to offer youth sports leagues. The church campus is often filled with community activities by hosting events that align with our mission, such as homeschool groups, community choirs, and health screenings. These activities (as well as several others) incorporate people from other faiths and of no faith at all.


A Note To Yuma’s Winter Residents 

You are welcome here!

We value our winter residents, and invite our winter residents to get involved with the active ministries of the church. There are many areas in which winter residents help us to be effective as a place of ministry to this community, and you are invited to join us. We know that often our winter residents have churches in their hometown that they also support and where they also volunteer. Just as you are missed at your home church while wintering in Yuma, we will miss you and want to be a part of your life while you are at home.