The Ethiopian Evangelical Church of Edmonton first started in July 1989 as a Bible Study group in the home of Terefe Sereke and his wife Firehywot Leikun, with about ten members. The charter members of this small fellowship were as follows:-, Pastor Terefe Sereke, Mrs. Firehwot Leikun, Mrs. Birhane, Dr. Birhane Elfu ,Mrs.Tsega, Mrs. Miheret Efrem, Mrs. Bisrat, Mrs. Bele Tekleab, the late Mr. Birhane Stela and Mr Bisrat
A little more than a year later, the Lord provided a meeting space at Grace Lutheran Church on 114th Street, with the help of a dear member, Mr. Bisrat, who had recently emigrated from Egypt. We worshiped at that location for many years.
We were able to establish our ministry further by gaining pastoral credentials and affiliation with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, for which we are very grateful.
During that period, many gave their lives to Christ. Others joined the fellowship who had arrived in Edmonton as immigrants from Africa and Europe. The group soon identified several key people as the leadership team of, elders in the small fellowship. These were Pastor Terefe, Dr. Birhane Elfu, Mr. Brhanu Stala, and Pastor Sisay Toy. In the subsequent years, many others served in leadership as Elders, including Mr. Nasser Abedela, Mr. Wonderad Yohanse, Mr. Esayase Amanuel, Mr.Dawit Yesac, Mr. Kasshune, Mr. Daniel Enkuye, Mr Wubeshet Kass, Mr Derege Sefew and the late Mrs.Tigest Zergaw just to name a few.
Along the way, the ministry experienced some very difficult challenges, but, by the grace of God, we walked through them and came out stronger than before. God used a brother, Pastor Asfaw Bekele, to instruct our members on key biblical principles on various topics, including church leadership. As a result, the congregation unanimously agreed to appoint Terefe Sereke as their Senior Pastor.
Subsequently, Pastor Terefe has led the church with a team of dedicated and faithful elders. By the grace of God, the church has grown significantly, both in numbers as well as in the spiritual maturity of the believers. In 1999, Pastor Seifu Kebede gave a prophetic declaration that the Lord would soon provide us with our own building. Shortly thereafter, the congregation mobilized and purchased a building, which we took possession of as we entered the new millennium.
The Lord has blessed us in so many ways. We have been very involved with mission works via Covenant International Ministry and have given several hundred thousand dollars toward important projects, in order to advance the Kingdom of God in Ethiopia and other countries. The church is also very active in evangelism in the community. Because of their generosity, our congregation has experienced Kingdom abundance both in the church and in their private lives.
In the last few years, we have implemented many positive changes in leadership structure, enlarged vision, and way of life to embrace the New Testament model. These changes have brought tremendous blessing in our lives. Today we have over four hundred members and are still growing. We purchased a second building which can accommodate up to five hundred people. We also planted a church in downtown Edmonton and started an English-language fellowship called Hybrid Church for youth and young adults, in order to reach the broader demographic in our city and beyond.
We continue to expand our involvement in missions to include our city, province, and nation, along with several regions of Ethiopia, Eritrea, Beirut and other countries. We believe that giving to missions, even beyond our comfort zone, is the model laid out in the New Testament. It is our desire for God to receive the glory in everything. All that is good is from Him.