Markham Christian Worship Centre (Markham, Ontario, Canada)

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The congregation in 2009. Mennonite Church Eastern Canada photo

When war came to Sri Lanka, many people fled. Germany was the first country to accept Tamil refugees. A Christian revival took place there in the 1980s among the Tamil people who were generally of Hindu background. Later some of these new Christians immigrated to Canada and began to form churches. The Markham Christian Fellowship in Markham, Ontario, which began meeting in 2001, first connected to Mennonite Church Eastern Canada through the Wideman Mennonite Church. The Hagerman Mennonite Church offered use of their building as a meetingplace. Hagerman's pastor continued as a link to the new group.

The style of worship is charismatic, with a sermon in Tamil with some translation into English. Fellowship meals follow the service. Joseph Savarimuthu and a board of elders have provided pastoral leadership. The group became an emerging congregation with Mennonite Church Eastern Canada in April 2009 and became a full member in April 2019.


Bauman, Janet. "'It's all worship': MC Eastern Canada delegates celebrate God at work...." Canadian Mennonite 23, no. 10 (13 May 2019): 14.

"Welcome to Markham Christian Worship Centre." 22nd Annual Church Gathering Workbook. Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (24-25 April 2009): 27.

Additional Information

Address: Hagerman Mennonite Church, 4581 14th Ave., Markham, Ontario

Website: Markham Christian Worship Centre

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada

Mennonite Church Canada

Ordained Leaders at Markham Christian Worship Centre

Name Years
of Service
Joseph Savarimuthu 2001-present

Membership at Markham Chinese Mennonite Church

Year Membership
2008 N.A.
2015 N.A.

Author(s) Sam Steiner
Date Published May 2019

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Steiner, Sam. "Markham Christian Worship Centre (Markham, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. May 2019. Web. 20 Oct 2019.,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=164046.

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