About Us

Welcome to Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Fort Payne, Alabama, celebrating more than 50 years of service within the region. The church rests in a narrow valley at the feet of both Sand and Lookout Mountains in DeKalb County.

Our Lady of the Valley parish serves the Catholic faith communities of Fort Payne, Mentone, Valley Head, Ider, Henagar, Rainsville, Collinsville and more.

Our Pastor is Father Mark Spruill. Visit his website for a wealth of information on Church teachings.

The church celebrates a rich history of family and faith in action. It began as a handful of people gathering at a home on Forest Avenue in Fort Payne 60 years ago. The congregation saw the need for a permanent location and soon began construction on a charming structure that would seat about 150 people. The building would see a couple of expansions before realizing that the original structure could no longer accommodate the growing number of Catholics to the region. A new facility was built on the same property that seats just 500 people and the old church was converted into office space and classrooms for ministry.

The blossoming Religious Education program has now resulted in the addition of a new 10 classroom structure for the more than 450 Religious Education students, ages kindergarten through high school.

The majority of initial and charter members of Our Lady of the Valley were transplants to the region and visitors who chose to become permanent residents of the area. A rich diversity of corporate businesses and factories brought people from all across the country for employment and an equal diversity of tourism attractions made the NE Alabama region a year-round travel destination. Both industries continue to bring new-comers and visitors alike through our doors on a regular basis.


Little River Canyon National Preserve

Fort Payne and the surrounding communities, especially Mentone and Lookout Mountain, is home to many natural and scenic attractions that draw a multitude of visitors to the region annually. Summer camps in Mentone see thousands of children and their families returning year after year to attend camp. Many of those children attend Mass at the Catholic Church. Visitors to the region enjoy attractions like the Historic town of Mentone, DeSoto State Park, Little River Canyon National Preserve and Historic Fort Payne. Whether a visitor or a resident of the region, we hope you make plans to attend Mass. We know you will be blessed.



Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church
2910 Gault Ave. North    Fort Payne, AL 35967
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