PLBC History


PLBC History

February 2, 2016

Park Lawn Baptist Church was established in 1929.

When the winds of liberalism began to blow through the churches in Ontario in the early part of the 20th century those faithful to the Word of God felt they could not depart from the Bible’s clear teachings.

During this period the spiritual leaders of Humber Bay Gospel Tabernacle expressed a desire to move their church away from the essential and foundational doctrines of Scripture. After much discussion, prayer and seeking God’s mind in the matter some of the members of Humber Bay left because, in good conscience, they could not agree to the changes being proposed. As Amos, the prophet of Israel, says: “Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?” (Amos 3:3).

Fashioned after the early church in the Book of Acts, this small group of believers formed a new church, meeting in homes in the area for an extended period of time.  They continue to serve the Lord faithfully and God added to their numbers.

As the work grew this assembly of faithful believers acquired their first property on 195 Park Lawn Road in Etobicoke and called it Park Lawn Road Baptist Tabernacle. The most notable feature of their new church home was “JESUS SAVES” inscribed on the roof of the building. This was a reflection of their committed discipleship to their Lord.


God richly blessed His work and as the number of members grew they felt the need to purchase land for a larger building, this time just up the road. In the mid-1950s they moved to 276 Park Lawn Road. The church name was registered as Park Lawn Road Baptist Church.

From 1929 to 1933 the church did not have a full-time pastor but was served by faithful men who taught God’s Word every Sunday. In 1933 God sent Pastor James Proudfoot as their first full-time pastor. He served from 1933 to 1936 and again in 1942.


Over the years many have served as Lead Pastor and Interim Pastor, all of whom contributed greatly to the work of the Lord in this local church. The last of the original members of the 1929 congregation, Mary Fielding Day, went home to be with the Lord in August 2013 at the age of 104.

Today, Park Lawn Baptist Church reflects the present reality of Metro Toronto and the GTA. The congregation is multi-racial and multi-cultural. People from practically every part of the world worship together in joyful service to God. Together they demonstrate the love of God in sending Jesus Christ to seek and save all who are lost.


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