Faith, Fellowship and the Future. Those were the powerful magnets that drew a group of Pinnacle Peak residents together in October 1989 to form Pinnacle Presbyterian Church. The mostly undeveloped area surrounding the distinctive Pinnacle Peak had been annexed into Scottsdale in 1981/82, and by the late 1980s, there were several master-planned golf communities within a five-mile radius of the landmark. The Grand Canyon Presbytery had the foresight in the early 1980s to purchase a five-acre tract on the northwest corner of Happy Valley and Pima Roads for a future church. With Valley Presbyterian Church Sr. Pastor Tom Erickson’s blessing, Dr. Larry Corbett organized the inaugural Pinnacle worship service at the Glenn Moor Clubhouse on Happy Valley Road in Troon Village. Twenty-five attended the first service on Sunday, October 1, 1989 -- World Communion Day. On November 9, 1991 Pinnacle was officially chartered by Grand Canyon Presbytery with 109 members. The first meeting of the Pinnacle Session was held in January 1992 and in March Dr. Corbett was installed as Pinnacle’s founding Pastor.
Throughout 1992, momentum built for constructing a permanent Pinnacle campus. In April, the Site Development Committee was formed and by October architect Jim Roberts presented the Master Plan and first phase of the church building program. On April 4, 1993 Pinnacle members attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the chapel built on the original five acres of land that had been purchased by the Grand Canyon Presbytery.