Grant African Methodist Episcopal Church
“At Grant we are committed to bringing people to Jesus and membership in His family, developing people to Christ-like maturity and equipping them for ministry, the church, life and mission in the world, that God might get the glory.
In 1833, the African Methodist Episcopal Church formed a congregation in Toronto. The members, including both freed men and runaway slaves who had escaped from the United States through the Underground Railroad, met in each other’s homes for worship. Eventually the church assembly moved to Chestnut Street and from there to Richmond Street where a church was built. The church was named Grant, after a beloved minister, Reverend Abraham Grant , who was born a slave in Lake City, Florida.
Rev. Abraham Grant took every opportunity to further his education and in 1888, he became a Bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Bishop Grant, our namesake, was a founder of Payne Theological Seminary and a trustee of Wilberforce University.
In 1856, Grant AME Church moved from Richmond Street to a hall at Queen and McCaul Streets. Years later in 1912, the church was dedicated… as Grant Church celebrated its opening service in a building at the corner of University and Elm Streets, which later became the site of the Hospital for Sick Children. The church remained at this location until 1929 when the property was sold and a larger church was purchased at 23 Soho Street, Toronto. Upon the sale of that property in 1991, for the price of $1,500,000, Grant Church relocated here… to 2029 Gerrard Street East, Toronto, where we continue to serve a multicultural, multi-ethnic congregation.
Over the years, Grant AME Church has been blessed to have the dedicated leadership of clergy called by God who work to meet the mandate of the church through worship, evangelism, missions and education.
Grant AME Church has kept the tradition of self-help and self-determination laid down by Richard Allen and has worked hard to promote the importance of religious and formal education.
Through the churches’ many ministries, Grant continues to strive to meet the needs of family and community. Through our District connection, the church reaches out globally, spreading the Word of God and serving His people with the goal of leading others to Salvation and sharing God’s love.
For keeping us over all of these years, Lord…
We Thank You!
To God Be The Glory!