Early in 1969 ‐ God gave the leaders of First Baptist Church, Waterloo, a vision to establish a new church in southeast Kitchener. In October 1969, with a “grand” view of what God would do in southeast Kitchener through His people, First Baptist Church sent out 54 members to begin the new work and for the first four years this fledgling congregation called Grandview met at Grand River Collegiate. The vision had started to take shape and the church began to grow.
The 1970s brought more excitement as God provided 4 ½ acres of farm land for Grandview, part of the 6 acres on which the church building is now situated. The first phase of construction began in 1973 on what is now the Daimler side of the property where the building took form around a main room that served as both sanctuary and gymnasium. Ministry also began to broaden out leading up to 1984 when we expanded our facility to include the current worship centre.
At this point the church began to grow even faster as many people made the decision to follow Christ. By the 1990s the larger gathering meant finding new ways to help people connect in more intimate settings for additional study and encouragement. Smaller home groups became a staple part of church life within Grandview and continues that way under the umbrella of our LifeGroup ministry.
Over the years we have been blessed by many different ministry initiatives that have served to grow and strengthen ministry to children, youth and adults in our community. Teams of committed volunteers serving alongside teams of pastors and ministry staff led this ministry very effectively and by 2012, Grandview had matured to the point the church was ready to spin off another church plant in the community that became known as Nexus. It is our goal to see this process repeated many times over in the coming years and to see many more people in the KW region discover the freedom of a faith relationship with Jesus Christ.
The Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches in Canada is a denomination of over 500 churches scattered across Canada from the Yukon to the tip of Nova Scotia.
The Fellowship was born in 1953 out of a desire for a nationwide body of churches committed to the truth of God’s Word and the proclamation of salvation through Jesus Christ. Over the last 52 years, several hundred churches have joined The Fellowship, either in large blocs (such as the Regular Baptist Churches of British Columbia in 1965) or individually. The dozens of church-planting projects undertaken by Fellowship churches and ministries continue to be our main source of growth.
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