Our Origins: Planted from the West
Grace Fellowship Church Don Mills officially began meeting in January 2011. Pastor Julian Freeman was commissioned by Grace Fellowship Church Rexdale to lead a church planting initiative on the east side of the city, and the church quickly settled in Don Mills.
Through the first few months the small church (around 20 people) met in a home. It wasn't long, however, before more space was needed and our weekly meetings moved to Greenland Public School.
By the Lord's good grace, the church quickly grew to a self-sustaining point. By the end of 2011 the church had doubled in membership and hired Paul McDonald on staff as well. He was officially ordained, giving the church a plurality of elders and full autonomy from GFC Rexdale, in September 2012.
In July 2014, we moved our Sunday services to Senator O'Connor College School at 60 Rowena Drive. We met weekly there until March 8, 2020. Then with COVID restrictions, we were only permitted to meet physically there for 5 Sundays in July/August 2020. Our friends at Faith Baptist Church let us use their building for 4 Sunday afternoons in June/July.
Then in September 2020, we found a new location to meet, at the Latvian Canadian Cultural Centre, 4 Credit Union Drive. Here we hope to stay for a long, long time, Lord willing!
In January 2021, our church joined the Great Commission Collective! We are excited to partner with other GCC churches to continue planting churches in the greater Toronto area and around the world.
Two new Elders joined our leadership team in May, 2021 - Nick Mitchell and Brad Simpson. Another blessing that year was the hiring of our new Associate Pastor, Jason Lock, in September. Jason brings a humble, kind, eager-to-serve heart to the elder team. We are so grateful to God for blessing and growing our church leadership!