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PHONE: (416) 235-1333 / VISIT WEBSITE

Our Mission is simple
Our mission is to transform our community, by the grace of God.

Vision
To be a healthy, growing church mobilized in the ministry for community transformation.

We Believe

In the verbal inspiration of the Bible

In one God eternally existing in three persons; namely, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,

That Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of the Father, conceived of the Holy Ghost, and born of the Virgin Mary. That Jesus Christ was crucified, buried and raised from the dead. That He ascended to heaven and is today at the right hand of the Father as the intercessor.

That all have sinned and come short of the glory of God and that repentance is commanded of God for all and necessary for forgiveness of sins.

That justification, regeneration, and the new birth are wrought by faith in the blood of Jesus Christ.

In sanctification subsequent to the new birth, through faith in the blood of Christ; through the Word and by the Holy Ghost.

Holiness to be God’s standard of living for his people.

In the baptism with the Holy Ghost subsequent to a clean heart.

In speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance and that it is the initial evidence of the baptism of the Holy Ghost

In water baptism by immersion, and all who repent should be baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

Divine healing is provided for all in the atonement.

In the Lord’s Supper and washing of the saint’s feet.

In the premillennial second coming of Jesus. First, to resurrect the righteous dead and to catch away the living saints to Him in the air. Second, to reign on the earth a thousand years.

In the bodily resurrection; eternal life for the righteous and eternal punishment for the wicked.

Our Story

In the spring of 1968, Rev. Clifford MacDonald and Ena MacDonald traveled from England to Canada to begin pastoral work. Under the leadership of the then overseer, Bishop C. Chapin, they pioneered the West Toronto Church of God along with five other members- Sis. Violet Burey, Sis. Jennifer Martin, Sis. Morales and Bro. & Sis Loney.

This small membership grew rapidly and by June 30, 1968 the church was organized with twenty-three members, some of whom are still with us today. As the church grew, it became necessary to move into a larger building, so Rev. MacDonald and the members worked diligently and managed to purchase a new property at 29 Halton Street. On May 2, 1992, the Pioneer and Pastor of West Toronto Church, Pastor MacDonald, passed away suddenly. For three and half months the church was without a Pastor.

Rev. Dr. George. S. Peart was chosen as the new pastor and he and his wife, Mrs Jireta Peart, officially took office on Sunday, September 22, 1992. The membership grew exponentially under his leadership and as a result, parking spaces became limited. In response, Rev. Peart and the council began to seek a new site. There were many obstacles but he had a vision and was determined to see the vision realized. Soon, they acquired new property at 1655 Wilson Avenue, North York, Canada-the site where the church currently resides. Rev. Dr G.S. Peart served the church diligently.

Bishop H.O. Wilson became Pastor at West Toronto Church in August 2002. Prior to his arrival, he was Pastor of the Malton Church of God (now New Life Covenant Centre) for 23 years and Administrative Bishop of the Church of God in Eastern Canada. Bishop Wilson led the church in a major reconstruction project that gave birth to the church facilities that exist today at 1655 Wilson Avenue. He had a heart and passion for people and saw many souls come to Christ under his leadership. Bishop Wilson and Mrs Clementina Wilson were succeeded on June 26, 2015 by Bishop Wayne Vernon and Mrs Yvonne Vernon who currently lead the West Toronto Church.

Bishop Wayne Vernon and Mrs Yvonne Vernon have a passion for the community and are taking progressive steps to ensure that West Toronto Church impacts the surrounding neighbourhoods and the wider city. Rev. Vernon is an ordained Bishop of the Church of God since 1996 who has faithfully served in several ministry capacities in the Church of God in Jamaica, The Cayman Islands and Canada. Rev. Vernon is passionate about the development of leaders in the body of Christ and have dedicated years to investing and growing leaders within the church. Please see Our Pastor for more details on this man of God and his contributions to the church.

Our Pastor
Reverend Wayne Vernon is an ordained Bishop of the Church of God since 1996 who has faithfully served in several ministry capacities in the Church of God in Jamaica, The Cayman Islands and Canada. His service spans from being Academic Dean and Lecturer of Bethel Bible College to being National Director of Youth and Christian Education for Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, Executive Council Member, District Overseer and Lead Pastor.

He commenced his theological education in 1983 at The Jamaica Theological Seminary. Upon graduation in 1987, with a B. A. in Theology, he was offered a scholarship to The Caribbean Graduate School of Theology where he earned a Masters Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with honors.

In Canada, Bishop Vernon has served as Consultant Dean for the International Bible College in Saskatchewan and Zone Coordinator for the Eastern Region Churches. He has also served as lead pastor of Fellowship of Love Community Church in Oshawa, District Bishop for the Oshawa District of churches and Lecturer at the International Training Institute, Humberlea Church of God. He currently serves as Chair of the Regional Council of The Church of God in Ontario.

His ministry has touched lives in countries like South Africa, United Kingdom, Cambodia, United States and the Caribbean. In many of these places he has proclaimed the Word of God and conducted leadership training conferences.

Bishop Vernon has been married to his wife Yvonne for twenty-five years and they are parents to Toni-Beth, an Attorney-at-Law and Nathan, a second year university student.

Rev. Vernon is passionate about the development of leaders in the body of Christ. He is an avid reader and is particularly interested in the growing phenomenon of global migration, its impact on cities and its implications for institutions such as the church.

1655 Wilson Avenue, North York, Ontario, , M3L 1A5

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