Late in 1943 Dr. Alfred G. Fisk, a Presbyterian clergyman and professor of philosophy, met with a few persons of various races and faiths who were deeply concerned with the absence of bridges of understanding among the varied races, cultures, and faiths presented in American society. Their desire to found an interracial fellowship led them to Dr. Howard Thurman, who left his position as of Dean of the Chapel at Howard University to join Dr. Fisk in a team ministry.
The formal inaugural service for The Church for The Fellowship of All Peoples took place on October 8, 1944 at the First Unitarian Church in San Francisco. Among those participating in this inaugural service were: Dr. Ezra Van Nuys of the San Francisco Presbytery; Dr. John Leffler of the San Francisco Council of Churches; Rabbi Eliot Bernstein of the Northern California Board of Rabbis and Cantors; Dr. Buell Gallagher co‐pastor of the South Berkeley Community Church; Bishop Edward Parson of the Episcopal Diocese of California; Dr. C.F. Dutton of the First Unitarian Church; Joseph James of the San Francisco NAACP; and Ira C. Lee, Director of the Chinese YMCA.
Rev. Dr. Dorsey O. Blake was officially installed as Presiding Minister of The Church for The Fellowship of All Peoples in October, 1994.
Rev. Dr. Kathryn L. Benton was ordained in May 2004 and since that time she has been Co‐Minister at the church. Her ordination followed several years of service at Fellowship Church as Church Secretary, Youth Minister, and Worship Leader.