Address: 1315 Kipling Ave
Etobicoke, ON M9B 3N8
Phone: 416-231-1717

Church History

The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed planted in a field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants and grows into a tree where birds can come and find shelter in its branches.
Matthew 13:31-32

In 1986, a few of the families hailing from God’s own country, who were residing in Toronto, held a deep desire to have Church of South India worship services conducted in their mother tongue and liturgy. Their ardent desire set in motion a new Malayalam worship community in Canada. By God’s grace, the quest to find a worship place brought them to the chapel of the Wycliffe College; a dream come true! The very first service was held on the 11th of May 1986. Reverend Thomas Ninan, an ordained Minister of the Diocese of Madhya Kerala, was the celebrant of that service.

Through humble beginnings consisting of monthly worship services, our pioneers were nonetheless able to experience the vocational power of God, who set apart His people as a church in the motivating influence of the Holy Spirit. Worship attracts people; it unites them and alerts them that they are one in Christ. The divine motivation by the Spirit of God compelled our people to insist on worship services every Sunday, and accordingly the weekly services were established.

Since its inception, the CSI Church, Toronto has seen eight Achens preside over the congregation, and has seen itself outgrow three shared worship facilities to one of its own. It has become a leading voice in the Kerala Christian community in Toronto, through various dynamic outreach ministries and evangelization programs.

The history of CSI Church, Toronto is the history of a meaningful Christian life, of witnessing and of unity of the people of God. As an instrument in God’s mighty hands, the church has been utilized by Him for His divine purposes. We have been able to make ourselves examples of charisma, performance and perfection in various levels of church life. The CSI is the fruit of unification, and it is called and set apart to be united and to unite people.