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Koinonia Worship Centre was originally an independent congregation, established in 1997 by Dan and Carol Sileshi. Dan had become a Christian through the Meserete Kristos Church (Mennonite Church in Ethiopia) and served for a number of years as a pastor and teacher in Nigeria before moving to Canada in 1996. In 2001 the congregation had 100 attending representing 20 different ethnic groups, worshiping in the English language. At that time the Canadian Mennonite Brethren Conference Board of Evangelism appointed Sileshi to be a church planter under "Love Toronto," its Key City Initiative. The congregation joined the Ontario Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches in February 2002. The church also has an Amharic congregation pastored by Simeon T. Demeke which ministered to the Ethiopian community in Toronto.

The church moved into a building in Ajax, Ontario in 2010 and changed its name to The Access Centre.

[edit] Bibliography

Woelk, Peter J. "Church planter for Love Toronto found" Mennonite Brethren Herald 40, no. 5 (2 March 2001): 17.

"Love Toronto progress." Mennonite Brethren Herald 40, no. 20 (26 October 2001): 6.

Woelk, Peter J. "Feel the heartbeat; catch the vision." Mennonite Brethren Herald 41, no. 6 (22 March 2002): 8.

"The Access Centre." Mennonite Brethren Herald 53, no. 5 (May 2014): 38.

[edit] Additional Information

Address: 487 Westney Road South, Ajax Ontario, Units 19 and 20

Phone: 416-385-0285

Website: The Access Centre http://www.theaccesscentre.org/

Denominational Affiliations:

Ontario Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (2002-present)

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (2002-present)

[edit] Ordained Leaders at The Access Centre

Name Years
of Service
Dan Sileshi 2002-present
Simeon Demeke 2014-present

[edit] Membership at The Access Centre

Year Membership
2005 101
2010 63
2015 40

[edit] Map

Map:Access Centre, The (Ajax, Ontario, Canada)


Author(s) Richard D Thiessen
Date Published June 2014


[edit] Cite This Article

MLA style

Thiessen, Richard D. "Access Centre, The (Ajax, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. June 2014. Web. 24 Jun 2017. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Access_Centre,_The_(Ajax,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=147287.

APA style

Thiessen, Richard D. (June 2014). Access Centre, The (Ajax, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 24 June 2017, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Access_Centre,_The_(Ajax,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=147287.




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