Our Church

On a Spiritual Journey

On January 27, 1979, a group of 35 Seventh-day Adventists formed a company at Yorkgate Community Centre. They were drawn from the Willowdale, Perth, Toronto West and Kingsview Village Seventh-day Adventist Churches. These faith-filled believers called themselves the Downsview Seventh-day Adventist Church and started their spiritual journey.

We were led by many pastors and met a various places of worship. Our pastors were:

  • Dr. Andrew King (Current)
  • Pr. Ledford Morris
  • Dr. Ken Campbell
  • Pr. Frankie Lazurus
  • Pr. Eustace Henry
  • Dr. Steve Cassimy
  • Pr. Cyril Newman
  • Pr. Bob Sparenberg
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God was always leading our congregation. In 1994 He sent Pastor Ken Campbell. Pastor Campbell joined forces with our flock and helped us to realize our dream of having our own place of worship. In less than two years, Downsview Church was led to 37 Bakersfield where we became one of the first Adventist churches to launch tent meetings in Ontario in recent times. To God be the glory.

Another major project that we undertook was to build a new church building on the property of 37 Bakersfield. After many years of planning, and saving, this dream was accomplished.

January 1979
Beginnings
Yorkwoods Gate Community Centre

In the early days 
a small group of worshippers met at the Yorkwoods Gate Community Centre. 

Services were conducted by
Pastor L. Milliken

May 1979
Pastor Bob Sparenberg

Our first pastor, Pastor Bob Sparenberg,  arrived in May 1979 

May 1979
Westview Centennial Secondary School

Shortly after Pastor Sparenberg arrived, our place of worship shifted to Westview Centennial Secondary School

1980
C.W. Jeffries Secondary School

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1980
Pastor Cyril Newman

Pastor Cyril Newman became Downsview’s new pastor

1985
Pastor Haskell Edwards

Pastor Haskell Edwards became our new pastor in January 1985

1986
Beverley Hills United Church

Beverley Hills United Church on Mayall Avenue was another stop along our journey

1987
Dr. Steve Cassimy
1988
Pastor Eustace Henry
1990
Pastor Frankie Lazarus
1993
Pastor Kenneth Campbell
1996
37 Bakersfield
A Place of our Own

After years of moving from place to place we purchased our own property at 37 Bakersfield. There were many renovations to be done, but we came together to renovate the building into a beautiful sanctuary.

2002
Ground Breaking
Church Construction

As a church we decided to step on in faith and build an ediface to the glory of God. Our church was built on the property that we already owned. 37 Bakersfield St became to the home of two church buildings.

2007
Pastor Ledford Morris
2017
Current Leadership
Dr. Andrew King

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Eva Ward

Downsview Church Organized

Cloudy skies darkened the morning, yet there was sunshine in the souls of God’s people as they gathered at the Yorkwoods Gate Community Centre on

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