[ End of article ]

First Baptist Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Finnish work first started in Toronto in 1928. Rev. Vihtori Holopainen was the first preacher on this field. The church was organized September 8th, 1929, with 16 charter members. Three pastors have served the church, namely: Vihtori Holopainen, 1929 to 1934; Toivo Tervonen, 1936 to 1938, and Topias Vainonen, 1938 to 1947. The membership at the present time is 13, three of which are charter members.

Rev. Viktori Holopainen

Since 1947 Mr. John Tammela has been serving as lay preacher. The progress of the church is very slow bacause of lack of fulltime or permanent pastor. This small and struggling group is praying and hoping that, some time soon, they may again rejoice in the victory of the Lord.

Published in Fifty Years of Christian Stewardship 1901-1951. Prepared in commemoration of the Fiftieth anniversary of The Baptist Mission Union of America. 1951, p. 52.

[ Beginning of article ]