Freedom Gospel Ethiopian Church (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

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The Freedom Gospel Ethiopian Church in Toronto, Ontario, Canada began in 2004 when Pastor Ashenafi Lemma invited a small group of men to meet his apartment for Bible study and prayer. The group was initially composed of single men, who over the years married and had growing families. By 2011 a group of 35-40 was meeting for worship in Amharic weekly at the Danforth Mennonite Church on Sunday afternoons and Wednesday evenings.

Most of the Freedom Gospel church members had been in Canada for 10 to 15 years, and came with some awareness of the Meserete Kristos Church in Ethiopia, a large denomination affiliated with Mennonite World Conference. Pastor Lemma said this gave a natural affinity with the Mennonite community in Canada.

Freedom Gospel Ethiopian Church was recognized as a congregation of Mennonite Church Eastern Canada in 2011.


Reesor-McDowell, Joanna. "'A high calling': Freedom Gospel Ethiopian Church seeks to evangelize unbelievers." Canadian Mennonite 15, no. 10 (16 May 2011): 20.

Additional Information

Address: 2174 Danforth Ave, Toronto, Ontario

Phone: 416-836-8263


Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Church Canada

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada

Freedom Gospel Ethiopian Church Pastoral Leaders

Name Years
of Service
Ashenafi Lemma 2004-present


Map:Freedom Gospel Ethiopian Church (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published August 2016

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