Oromo Evangelical Church of Ottawa (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)

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The Oromo Evangelical Church of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada began as a small group meeting the home of Tesfaye Negeri and Lelise Tewofilos in 2004. (Oromo is a language spoken in Ethiopia, Kenya, and in smaller places elsewhere in Africa.) As more Oromo Christians continued to join the fellowship, the group moved to All Saints Lutheran Church in 2006. From 2008 to 2010 the congregation shifted to home to home fellowship biweekly. At the end of 2010 the congregation was stable enough to return All Saints Lutheran Church and to become a registered charity. In 2011 the Church moved to St. Martin's Anglican Church where they began to meet weekly.

In 2013 the Oromo Evangelical Church of Ottawa began to explore a relationship with Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (MCEC) and received "emerging church" status in MCEC in April 2017. At that time the group consisted of 50 persons, half of whom were adults. The congregation was led by a five-member elders' council.

There are also Oromo Evangelical Churches located in other large Canadian cities.


"Congregational transitions." MCEC discernment documents (2017): 31.

Oromo Evangelical Church of Ottawa. "Our history." Web. 19 August 2016. http://www.oromoevangelicalchurchofottawa.com/about-us.html.

Rogalsky, Dave. "New Ethiopian Church Emerges in Ottawa." Mennonite Church Eastern Canada. 12 December 2016. Web. 12 December 2016. https://www.mcec.ca/story/new-ethiopian-church-emerges-ottawa.

Additional Information

Address: Meeting at St. Martin's Anglican Church, 2120 Prince Charles Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K2A 3L3


Website http://www.oromoevangelicalchurchofottawa.com/

Denominational Affiliations: Mennonite Church Canada

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada

Pastoral Leaders at Oromo Evangelical Church of Ottawa

Name Years
of Service
Elder Council 2004-present

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published May 2017

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Steiner, Samuel J. "Oromo Evangelical Church of Ottawa (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. May 2017. Web. 19 Sep 2020. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Oromo_Evangelical_Church_of_Ottawa_(Ottawa,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=165389.

APA style

Steiner, Samuel J. (May 2017). Oromo Evangelical Church of Ottawa (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 19 September 2020, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Oromo_Evangelical_Church_of_Ottawa_(Ottawa,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=165389.

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