The Founders of AZFCT, Herb Henderson, Penny Davis, and Rev. David Felten, recognized the need for people to become more aware of the latest thinking about theology, religion, and the roles both play in our lives and culture. As such, they were impressed with the work of the Foundation for Contemporary Theology, which has been bringing outstanding speakers to Houston, Texas, since its founding by Episcopal Rev. Wes Seeliger in 1987.
In July 2003 The Arizona Foundation for Contemporary Theology was duly established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational corporation by the Internal Revenue Service. This allows all contributions made to AZFCT to be fully deductible for income tax purposes to the extent provided by law.