About Us

Vision

Our vision is to create a vibrant and growing community of faith that shares the blessings of Christian life with tender and generous heart. We wish to be a congregation that fulfills a ministry of hospitality, welcoming, and nurturing to all those who are in need. We endeavor to care for the needs of each member of the community, by encouraging the spiritual growth of our children and young people. We hope to be a caring church in everything we do and towards everyone we come across.

Mission

Beginning from its establishment, our church has always had a strong commitment to Christian mission. We extend our outreach to ministries communities in Canada and Oromo congregation fellowships in Kenya, Sudan, and Ethiopia. We provide financial assistance regular basis and occasionally as the need arise.

Our Story

As our name indicates, most of our members belong to the Oromo national group. The Oromo have a distinct linguistic group and constitutes about 45% of the Ethiopia population. Some Oromo national groups are also found in neighboring nations in the Horn of Africa, particularly in Kenya. Of the 53 nations in Africa , the Oromos speaking nationals are among the largest in population. In terms of religion, the Oromo are Christians, Muslims, and followers of traditional religious practices. Recent decades have seen the emergence of a new category, this time on a wider international scene: the Oromo Diaspora. And among this category are the Oromo immigrants to Canada, who founded and maintain the OCCT.

The idea of establishing an Oromo Christian church in Toronto was born in the early 1990s. It was desired to create a center where the new Oromo immigrants could worship God in their own language, Afaan Oromoo. At the time, it was established by handful of Oromo immigrants residing in the Great Toronto Area. For the first few years, they congregated at the Boon Avenue Baptist Church in Toronto. Then, in March 1996 the congregation found a new place for worship, the Walmer Road Baptist Church in Toronto.

Once the foundation took shape, the founders the church formulated and ratified a constitution and by-laws of the church and named the new church “The Oromo Christian Church of Toronto”, which was the first in its kind in Canada. However, the constitution and bylaw documents were formally adopted in February 13, 1997. This date marked the official birth of The Oromo Christian church of Toronto. However, by way of acknowledging the worthy efforts of the founders prior to this formal occasion, we also state that the church came into being in the early 1990s.

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