OUR BRIEF HISTORY

Already in 1958 existed a few Hungarian Adventist families in the Toronto area, who were worshipping each Sabbath within the services of the Yugoslavian church. Pastor Sleher who was the Yugoslavian pastor then, has welcomed them with open arms in the old Ukrainian chapel in which they met.

The congregation was officially organized by pastor Charles Sohlman, a well-known Hungarian pastor in the year 1965. In his retirement years pastor Sohlman lived in the State of New York, United States. His regular visits to Toronto were always coupled with evangelistic series and crusades. It was only a matter of time, before the small group was officially established to carry the glimmer of light bestowed upon them to Hungarians living in the Toronto area.

Right after the establishment of the small congregation, pastor Bill Lenart, Yugoslavian born but of Hungarian origin, took over the leadership role of the church. Although pastor Sohlmann continued to assist and embrace the church with his crusades, pastor Lenart along with his wife Nina and members of the congregation continued to labour tirelessly to ensure God's word is audible in Toronto. He was known to be one of the most patient and longest serving pastor of the congregation's history.

During the first 2-3 years the congregation met at the old Ukrainian Seventh-Day Adventist church building. Later on the church moved over to 506 College Street, renting one of the chapels at the Portuguese Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Both locations were a few streets of each other within the downtown Toronto core.

In 1978, after pastor Lenart's retirement pastor Leslie Szerecz took over the pastorship. Along with his wife Eva and three children they too fully dedicated themselves to the service of the Lord and the hungarian community. During his time the church membership grew to a membership of over 50. He was a pastor well-known for his concern and care of the widowed, elderly and the sick.

1983 brought about the transfer of pastor Szerecz and the opportunity of pastor Imre Mora to further the work of the Lord in Toronto. Along with his wife Ilona, although having to commute from Barrie for all church events, they continued to uphold the group's mission and continued to dedicate their time to the Hungarian community.

In 1989 pastor Julius Kalmar has replaced pastor Mora. Although his wife Vera and two young sons did not speak Hungarian, they have embraced the Hungarian congregation with dedication and service. During the coming months it has become all the more difficult for members and pastor alike to attend services in the downtown Toronto area due to parking and traffic difficulties. As a result, in the summer of 1989 the church moved to 2395 Bayview Avenue, renting the chapel of the Bob Rumball Center.

After only one year of service, pastor Kalmar was transferred to pastor an English church. For the next 4 years (1990-1994) the church was lacking Hungarian pastoral leadership and support. The brethren persevered, and continued to meet from Sabbath to Sabbath under the great leadership of sister Katalin Horvath who was asked to serve in the interim. Each year the Ontario Conference ensured that the church was overseen by various pastors: Clayton Stanvic (1991), Barry Hubbley (1992) and Ilijah Beslic (1993).

During this time of need Lord Supper services were provided by pastors Milovan Bogomirovic and Gerrard Christiansen. Brothers Marton Horvath, Arthur Kiziak, Jagos Ivanovic, Rory MacIntosh, sister Daniella Drabik and pastor Edward Johnson were always willing to speak the word of God... The congregation, amongst numerous obsticles and great difficulties, continued to witness to the Hungarian community and the City of Toronto.

The fall of 1994 brought about great joy as we have welcomed pastor Andrew Kapusi in our midst. Along with his wife Julie and three children (Andy, Monika and Willy) they have been an answer to prayer when they arrived from Virginia of the United States.

In the summer of 2000, close to the GC session that was held in Toronto we have sadly learnt that pastor Kapusi has received a transfer from our church. In his absence, the congregation was without pastoral leadership for almost one year, when in February of 2001 our prayers were answered. Pastor Charles Nagy has been granted a transfer to Toronto from the Romanian Union and was welcomed by the Ontario Conference. Along with his wife Cristina and two teenage children, they have dedicated their lives and service to the congregation since....

OUR BELIEFS


Who are Seventh-Day Adventists?

Members of the Toronto Hungarian Seventh-day Adventist church are Christians whose utmost desire is to present Jesus Christ to the world. We believe that Jesus' second coming to this world is near, and this advent is sooner than one may anticipate.

We also strongly believe that God has called us to proclaim this good news to everyone around us. Our beliefs, lifestyle, organization as well as whole being is reflective of the fulfillment of this mission.

Following Biblical counsel we make every attempt to hasten and prepare for the second coming of Jesus by developing an attitude, character and lifestyle that is not only exemplary here on earth but one that also prepares us for eternal life in heaven.

In this we try to be of encouragement and service to every person, sharing all that God has entrusted to us.

We invite every person who is interested in sharing in the blessings and truths that God has bestowed upon us and would like to fulfill the most serious commission entrusted to the last generation.

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