Like any other group of people, we are a lot of things. We’re students, teachers, professionals, and labourers. We’re families and friends, married and single, young and and not so young. Many churches in Toronto are ethnically diverse. We fall into that category, not only by chance, but more importantly by design. We desire to be a multicultural church of people from many ethnic backgrounds and many parts of this world.
We really are a family here at Keele. We care about one another and enjoy being together! Faith, family and fun is what we’re all about.
More than anything else, though, we’re Christians. We seek to live, to know, and serve Jesus Christ. As a result, we enjoy the love, fellowship and sense of family that’s only possible when God brings people together.
Grant MacDonald, a former member of Keele Street, has returned home to serve with us.
Grant graduated from Ontario Christian Seminary (OCS) in 1989. After being ordained into the “Ministry of the Gospel” by Keele Street, he and his wife, Sheila, immediately moved to Prince Edward Island where they served in a combined ministry with the Breadalbane Christian Church and the Fredericton Church of Christ.
While there, God blessed them by adding three boys to their family.
In 1995, after serving with those congregations for six years, Grant and his family accepted the call to serve with the L’Etete Church of Christ in New Brunswick.
Grant and Sheila officially began their ministry on June 17, 2001.
If you would like to speak with Grant, just click on link below or click his picture at the top of this page.
I went from a Manila city boy to renewed young teenager. The Lord called me to study at the Manila Bible Seminary through the influence of a minister. I graduated in 1989 and served as a full time minister of the gospel before I moved to Canada in July 30, 1994.
I first met my wife, Gloria, through being a penpal in 1992, when I was serving as Associate Minister in their home church in the Philippines. We tie the knot on September 3, 1994 at the old building of the Keele Street church. The Lord gave us a son (Jediel) and a daughter (Jemiel). We served Keele Street for over 12 years before moving to Westway Christian Church where we served the congregation there for 8 years.
Now the Lord brought us back to Keele Street since May 2014! My favorite quotation is “If you stop reading today, you will stop leading tomorrow.”
The city of Toronto is unique because of its multicutural diversity and so is Keele Street Christian Church! It makes me think of the real picture of heaven. John said, “After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in aloud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” – (Revelation 7:9-10)
Rico serves in the Adult Sunday School Ministry and in pulpit supply. He is also active in music ministry.
Rey delos Santos
Rey came to Canada in March 2004. It was love at first sight! He had served as an elder in the Philippines and wanted to continue serving wherever God led.
Rey studied in Manila Bible Seminary and in one of their church planting missions, met his wife Linda. They have been married for 37 years now with three children: Weng, Cris and Darius who passed away in 2003.
Rey became an elder at Keele in 2006 and oversees the visitation and care and concern ministry.
Rene, along with his wife Gloria, have been servants at Keele for several years now. Rene and Gloria are blessed with two children.
Rene writes: “Serving as one of the elders of a multicultural church like Keele Street is a great challenge to me. Back home in the Philippines, I served several years as a deacon but I never served as an elder.”
I have found that when you are challenged to do a bigger task in the church, God always fulfils His promise to be our ultimate source of strength. The motivation of the Holy Spirit always sparks our faith to do the will of God and preach the Good News of Jesus Christ!
Praise God that we are seeing growth at Keele! We are excited seeing God at work! We would love you to be a part of the excitement, vision and family at Keele. Come! Join us as we worship together!”
Rene has been an elder at Keele since 2004 and oversees the financial volunteer ministry.
Jonathan came to Toronto with his wife, Nimfa, and two boys, Nathaniel and Shelumniel in July 1986 after serving congregations in both Athens, Greece (where he started an English congregation) and in Corby, England, a small town of Nottingham north of London.
While in England, Jonathan studied Biblical Studies at British Bible School for two years. At that time, Jonathan also preached and served in various ministries sponsored by the Corby Church of Christ.
Since moving to Canada, Jonathan and Nimfa were blessed with two more children, Faith and Jesse. Jonathan and his entire family have been faithful servants in the Keele congregation for many years now.
Jonathan became an elder in 2011 and oversees the Sunday School ministry.