The Dream

Bill Fain, Johnie Lee Fain, Sue Fain

Johnie Lee Fain's dream was to build a Chapel. Not an ordinary structure, but one comfortably nestled in the lap of nature and filled with the Spirit of God. A safe haven that provided comfort and refuge to all who entered. Johnie's passion was passed on to her daughter, Carolyn "Sue" Fain. The sanctuary we behold today was built with money donated by Sue, as a final tribute to her Mother's vision.


Johnie Lee was like a fine diamond. Each aspect of her life sparkled with brilliance and value. Born in 1906, she grew to love music, basketball and riding horses in Snyder, Texas. In 1918, at the age of 12, Johnie and her family moved to Yavapai County, Arizona. After studying piano at the Fort Worth conservatory following high school graduation, she married her high school sweetheart, Norman Fain on October 7, 1928. Having gone from musician to rancher's wife, Johnie soon became educated in the "School of Reality", which included cooking, canning and raising their three children, Donna, Sue and Bill. Her love of horses continued throughout her 30 years of riding and she became known as one of the best "cowboys" Lonesome Valley ever knew.

As we look back at this remarkable woman's life it becomes clear that Johnie's vivacious energy, goodness of heart and never wavering faith sustained her, as well as those she loved throughout good times and bad.


Henry Lovell Brooks

Henry Lovel Brooks was born February 10, 1912, in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. After the 7th grade Henry moved to St. Paul, Minnesota. Although Henry's life entailed many struggles and tribulations, he was able to rise above his adversities and turn them into abounding opportunities. Through pure determination Henry earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Latin, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology, and a Masters in Music at the Union Theological Seminary School of Sacred Music. During WWII, in The Battle of the Bulge, Henry worked as a chaplain's assistant and then as a lab technician at the hospital. Along with teaching Latin, playing the piano and organ, Henry even composed an anthem for (and later taught at)Western Michigan University.