Jesus Prays
For All Believers

I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one – I in them and you in me – so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

– John 17:20-23

Jesus Prays
For All Believers

I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one – I in them and you in me – so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

– John 17:20-23


We are on a
journey together,

to live into the oneness that the Gospel has already brought us into and to celebrate the beauty of Christ shining through our diverse cultures, generations, and perspectives.

As we take meaningful steps forward, we have partnered with Renew IQ and KOJO Institute to help us take a deeper look at how racism, bias, and unjust systems can be present among us today. Together with our Make Us One Advisory, we will be led towards the unity we are called to as Christ’s church body.

PHASE 1

1-2 months

Set foundation of diversity from a biblical perspective


  • Targeted training for our church staff to create common language and understanding.

  • Facilitate courageous conversations to help understand anti-racism and inclusivity through a theological lens.

Completed

PHASE 2

3-4 months

Data collection, analysis, training and strategic roadmap development


  • Surveys of key internal groups and congregation members to understand current state.

    • January 18, 2022 Update: Since 2020, our church has been on a journey to speak out more clearly about the evil of racism in our midst. We declared the need to take steps to more deeply value the beauty and richness of diversity of our body, and seek the Holy Spirit’s transformation to live more into our oneness in Christ.

      We have called this work Make Us One, based on Jesus’ heart-cry in John 17 – three times our Lord prays to the Father to “make us one”, not only with each other, but also with Him.

      Our Lead Pastor, Brett McBride, has preached a sermon series on this topic in 2020 and 2021; we have prayed together, we have established a Make Us One Advisory Committee and Prayer Wall, and we have conducted focus groups and surveyed our congregation to understand their experiences with racism and diversity in our church. We have commissioned a report from Kojo Institute to help us see our blind spots, and to offer us recommendations and tools to move forward together.

      The report is currently being finalized, and our Board, Executive Team, and Make Us One Advisory Committee will be receiving and reviewing it in the near future. Following that, we will make a summary of the report available to the congregation, along with our next steps on this journey.

      If you have any questions about our Make Us One work, you are welcome to contact us. Please direct your questions to:

      Brett McBride, Lead Pastor
      Karen Hurlburt, Executive Pastor
      Fanta Lewis, HR Director, and Staff Lead for Make Us One

  • Disaggregate data and review of current policies.

  • Educate and engage on awareness of concepts, expectations, development of skills using frameworks of anti-racism, anti-black racism, anti-oppression.

  • Develop strategic roadmap for sustainability.

In Progress

PHASE 3

3-18 months

Facilitate and advise as we execute strategic roadmap


  • KOJO & Renew IQ to walk alongside us as we implement and monitor effectiveness of strategic priorities.

Upcoming

Black History Month

Throughout the month of February, we come together to celebrate Black History Month by recognizing the accomplishments and rich contributions of Black people in our nation, and all over the world.

Celebrating Black History gives us the opportunity to expand our understanding of culture, community, and history. It is an important way we get to celebrate the diversity of Christ’s church body. While we take the time to shine a special light on Black History in February, our celebration continues throughout the year.

We will be listening to stories and sharing resources as we pray, learn, and celebrate together.

Black History Celebration

Saturday, February 26 | 7:00 PM | In-Person & Online

Our Peoples Caribbean Fellowship will be hosting our 13th Annual Black History Celebration! Our theme this year is Soaring Like Eagles from Isaiah 40:31:

But they that wait upon the Lord
shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary;
and they shall walk, and not faint.

Our celebration will include worship, prayer, musical performances, and historical highlights. We will be hearing from our missionaries who are serving both locally and internationally, as well as leaders from our community. Our special guest speaker for the evening is Pastor Wendell Gibbs.

Special Guest Speaker

Pastor Wendell Gibbs

Wendell Gibbs is a naturalized Canadian citizen who was born in the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago and migrated to Toronto in 1974. He was shaped with strong Christian values, which instilled a response towards leadership in all areas of Community and Christian ministry over the past 38 years.

He currently serves as the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church Toronto, since 2009. He is an affiliate clergy with the Canadian Baptist of Ontario & Quebec (CBOQ) and also serves as Assistant Pastor at Heron Park Baptist Church in Scarborough, Ontario.

Alongside his pastoral leadership, Wendell is a gifted musician, worshipper, and motivational speaker. He provides encouragement to people and audiences both locally and globally. He is also a community advocate and volunteers with various organizations such as Toronto Police Services, Scarborough Health Network, and Canadian Black Clergy and Allies.

His most transformative experiences were his missionary trips to Ghana and Nigeria, and most recently to Rwanda and Congo, where he engages with his church’s annual empowering “Peace Camp” for youth.

Wendell’s ministry life and work experience allow him to use his talents for the glory of God and the good of society. He carries a convicting vision for peace and unity among all of God’s children.

Spots are limited, so please register in advance to join us in-person! Our celebration will also be livestreamed. Invite your family, friends, and neighbours too!

Make Us One Advisory

Our Advisory exists to lead us forward in the long-term work necessary to ensure that we address areas that need to be realigned and that we sincerely embrace the diversity that is The Peoples Church. Through regular prayer meetings with our prayer supporters, and active engagement with wise counsel, our advisory will be guiding us as we move forward in this important journey together.

Steevens Audigé

Steevens Audigé

Nelson Chang

Nelson Chang

Andre Lewis

Andre Lewis

Davina Japaul

Davina Japaul

Fanta Lewis

Fanta Lewis

Sandra Ryan

Sandra Ryan

Norman Musewe

Norman Musewe

Brett McBride

Brett McBride

Andrea Chang

Andrea Chang

Make Us One Playlist

Explore our past sermons, discussions, prayers, and updates as we continue on our journey towards experiencing and embracing the unity Jesus prays for in John 17.

PLAYLIST

When we admire
God’s handiwork,

when we see the birds and the flowers in all their different colours, they create a symphony of beauty. It ought to be the same when we look at each other.

– Norman Musewe, Make Us One Advisory Member