In 1984, Bethany United Methodist Church and the Fox Valley United Methodist Church merged to form a new congregation – Bethany of Fox Valley United Methodist Church.
Bethany United Methodist, chartered in 1857, was located at Fourth and Clark Streets in Aurora.
Fox Valley United Methodist was formed in 1981 and met for worship at Waubonsie Valley High School.
After the merger, a new facility was constructed at Route 34 and Ridge Avenue in Aurora.
The endowment fund was established to serve the future needs of the church and its expanded ministry.