Jarvis Street Baptist Church has its origins in a small group of people who first gathered in October of 1818, in what was then York, Upper Canada. By 1832, the congregation had moved to Lombard Street, and by 1848, to Bond Street. In the late 1860s, church membership was such that a new, larger building was needed. In 1875, they moved to our current location at the intersection of Jarvis and Gerrard Streets. A fire in 1938 destroyed much of the church building. At this point, a rebuilding was accompanied by an expansion of the Sunday school and offices.
Through years of abundance and of need, times of exuberance and mourning, God has been good to us. Our current presence in Toronto is only a testament to his continued grace in our lives, and his love for our city. As exciting and interesting as our history is, we pray that our present and future will outstrip our past, and that Jesus our Lord would be glorified.
A note from the Pastor
Thank you for visiting our webpage. The ensuing material offers a synopsis of JSBC for your consideration. First, we gladly avow that God created men and women for the praise of His glory. Consequently, our congregation seeks to glorify the Lord with special emphasis on worship, the Christian walk, and witness.
Second, we delight in the sixty-six books composing Scripture (God’s inspired, inerrant, and infallible Word). It possesses the supreme and final authority to define both belief and behaviour. As such, Scripture functions as our “meat and drink” and its faithful exposition occupies an integral role in reverential and joyful worship.
Third, JSBC subscribes to the “Five Solas,” which evangelical Christians have cherished throughout the centuries: sola Scriptura (Scripture alone); sola gratia (grace alone); solus Christus (Christ alone); sola fide (faith alone); and soli Deo gloria (to God alone be glory). In addition, our Statement of Faith contains a fuller, although by no means exhaustive, account of our understanding of the essential truths of Scripture.
Finally, regardless of your age, background, or socio-economic status, JSBC extends a warm welcome to you. Please join us for worship on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Daniel has been on staff at JSBC since 2010. His responsibilities include overseeing the adult Sunday school, the choir ministry, the audio-visual elements of worship, and various pastoral roles. Daniel...