The building is just a mile south of the former home of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard in the shadow of Camelback Mountain. It was funded by member donations.
“All Scientologists recognize Phoenix as the birthplace of Scientology, and to that degree this church is special," said spokesperson Erin Banks.
Hubbard delivered more than 600 lectures in Phoenix beginning in 1952. The lectures later became part of the religion’s scriptures.
David Miscavige, chairman of the board of the church’s Religious Technology Center, officially dedicated the new building.
“You are about to embark on a new chapter in your history,” Miscavige said, “to uphold that rare spirit of competence, compassion and benevolence with which L. Ron Hubbard originally founded Scientology.”
Other speakers included Phoenix mayor Greg Stanton, Dr. Paul Eppinger of Arizona Interfaith and Mark Anderson, west Mesa justice of the peace.
The building also will function as a museum, a center for spiritual counseling and even a place to view more than 500 films at the touch of a button.
“The ultimate purpose of the building is to serve as the central church of Scientology for this area,” Banks said.