THE SILVER HIEGHTS CHURCH
Shortly after the opening of Henderson Church in 1971, the Conference purchased the former St. Stephens Lutheran Church at 2140 Ness Avenue in the west end of the city. Twenty-four individuals from Henderson Highway Church became the charter members on June 30, 1973.
The building was found to have a number of structural problems which proved costly to remedy, but the members persevered. Sister Rosanna Scott, whose membership dated back to the English Church on Young Street, was one of the first to sense the financial implications of forming a new church. With love and dedication she gave a sizable donation to help clear up outstanding debts and defray operating expenses.
The name of Elder Rudy James who served as interim pastor in 1974-75 should also be mentioned. Silver Heights Church was blessed with his spiritual support, guidance and leadership. An organ donated by Mrs. Nettie Krym and Fred and Geraldine is still in use.
The first communion service was held April 14, 1973 and the first baptism for Eslyn Glasgow, was performed June 17, 1973 by Elder Bill Kennedy. A series of meetings was held by Evangelist Bob Hossack in 1974 which added to the membership.
Other pastors who have served this congregation are William Kennedy (part-time), John Bahr, Mel Djkowich, John Gilbert, Colin Griffith, Rick Harwood and Frank McMiller. Pastor Howard Homenchuck also assisted from time to time. Ismael Ali pastored in the 1990’s.