My name is Garth Leno and I’m serving as a church planting pastor in a church we have started in Windsor, Ontario. The Gathering was born in the heart of God during the summer of 2013. Several people who felt uneasy about their church life gathered for Bible study and fellowship with my wife, Patty, and me in the family room of our home in south Windsor. It was not long before our group grew too large for our home and we began meeting Saturday evenings at the Roseland Golf and Curling Club for simple worship, corporate prayer, and teaching straight from the Bible.
The bible study outgrew the first meeting room we rented. We acquired a larger meeting space across the hall that accommodated 100, and we hosted a couple of outreach events and continued to grow at the golf course. More people kept coming, and soon we heard God whisper that He wanted us to plant a new church. On January 18, 2014 we announced to the bible study group that we planned to take the next step in forming a new church in Windsor-Essex, and everyone cheered!
We researched several groups and denominations and decided to associate with the Canadian National Baptist Convention because it is a good fit. We want to be part of a church-planting movement that is multiplying disciples and churches for the glory of God! Our proximity to the U.S. has created a unique opportunity for us to be seated with the CNBC and the SBC in Michigan.
The first Sunday morning service for The Gathering was held on May 4, 2014 with 154 people attending. Since then we have averaged 136 people per Sunday.
We hold a Kids Gathering (0-5th Grade) each week. Every Monday night we have a youth bible study. A young adults ministry is in the works. And we are getting ready to move again!
Our facilities have become too small for our growing attendance. By God’s grace we will be in a new worship space soon, with adequate children’s ministry area, fellowship space, and enough parking for a while.
- Pray with us for a new, larger location!
- Pray for us as we decide on a new target neighbourhood when our new location is firm.
- Please pray for supporting churches to see the opportunity to “come over” and help us!