About the family
My name is Garth Leno and I’m serving as a church planting pastor in a church we started in Windsor, Ontario. The Gathering was born in the heart of God during the summer of 2013. Several people who felt uneasy about their church life gathered for Bible study and fellowship with my wife, Patty, and me in the family room of our home in south Windsor. It was not long before our group grew too large for our home and we began meeting Saturday evenings at the Roseland Golf and Curling Club for simple worship, corporate prayer, and teaching straight from the Bible.
About the Church Plant
The bible study outgrew the first meeting room we rented. We acquired a larger meeting space across the hall that accommodated 100, and as more and more people came, we had to move upstairs to the large banquet room. Soon we heard God whisper that He wanted us to plant a new church. On January 18, 2014 we announced to the bible study group that we planned to take the next step in forming a new church in Windsor-Essex, and everyone cheered!
We researched several groups and denominations and decided to associate with the Canadian National Baptist Convention because it is a good fit. We want to be part of a church-planting movement that is multiplying disciples and churches for the glory of God! Our proximity to the U.S. has created a unique opportunity for us to be seated with the CNBC and the SBC in Michigan.
The first Sunday morning service for The Gathering was held on May 4, 2014 with 154 people attending. We hold a Kids Gathering (0-5th Grade) each week. We host a youth group and the Young Adults meet weekly also. Small groups are scattered across Windsor-Essex.
Please pray with us for a permanent home for The Gathering
Pray that our church family will love God deeply, grow in faith, serve the community, multiply disciples and plant churches.
We are happy to host mission teams from anywhere in Canada or the U.S. who are eager to experience local missions.
There are numerous ways to help a church plant. Please refer to NAMB’s website for the official policy statement concerning providing for church plants.