Founded in 1956, Global Kingdom Ministries began as a small congregation of worshippers headed by Reverend Roy E. Upton, who had the goal of bringing the message of faith to as many people as possible. The group would meet in a bowling alley on the property of the Bethel Home for Girls on Kennedy Road and began weekly drive-in Sunday services amplified to about 100 cars in a Dominion Store parking lot.
Today, the church has grown to 12 pastors and attracts nearly 1,900 attendees every week for Sunday services at an 11-acre facility located at 1250 Markham Road. Global Kingdom Ministries also relies on approximately 700 volunteers to help keep its original mandate of community involvement and outreach. In 2015, for example, over 30,000 meals were provided through the soup kitchen ministry, while the onsite gym provides a public space for community gatherings, youth mentorship, and sports activities free of charge.
To celebrate its 60th anniversary, Global Kingdom Ministries will be hosting festivities during the month of May, culminating in a banquet on Saturday, May 28th at 6pm inside the Brighton Convention Centre. The event will feature comedian Jay Martin as MC as well as entertainment from Jody McBrayer, former member of multi-award winning group, Avalon; award-winning performer TaRanda; and Doug Anderson, Grammy nominee and 13-time Dove Award winner as both soloist and member of Ernie Haase and Signature Sound.
The milestone year also marks the church’s entry into the Toronto real estate market with the launch of Trinity Ravine Towers, a brand new 55-plus Christian lifestyle community to be built directly across from the Global Kingdom Ministries church and community centre.
“The physical attendance at our Sunday services is only part of our ministry,” said Kern Kalideen, Executive Pastor of Administration and Finance. “We consider ourselves a home base that mobilizes believers everywhere and helps them achieve their God-given destiny. And, interest in Trinity Ravine Towers has been very encouraging since we are hearing from people who want to actually live out their years within our home-base community.”
Designed by Reinders + Rieder Ltd the community will feature two contemporary towers rising 25- and 35-storeys and are connected by a four-storey central podium. Suites — designed by the renowned Johnson Chou — boast nine to 10-foot ceilings, extra wide door frames, wood-laminate floors in main living areas and porcelain tile in bathrooms. In the kitchen, you’ll find quartz countertops and tile backsplashes, custom cabinets, and a full appliance package with a built-in dishwasher, 18-cubic foot refrigerator with top-mounted freezer, 30 inch self-clean electric range, and an integrated microwave range hood.
One of the benefits of living at Trinity Ravine Towers is that it allows local residents to “age in place,” staying in the same neighbourhood where they’ve built deep roots and live a maintenance free lifestyle without having to change doctors, dentists or even grocery stores. Amenities include typical condominium-style offerings including a fitness centre, games room and an elegant lobby with concierge. However, the project will also have an on-site Wellness Centre staffed with nurses, doctors and physiotherapists.
Another unique feature of the project is the use of Life Leases in place of traditional mortgages. Residents purchase a life lease interest in the property at market value and have exclusive use of their suite and all the common areas and facilities. The benefit of this model is that the development can be controlled by a non-profit or charitable organization such as Global Kingdom Ministries, to ensure an age-exclusive mature adult community. A more social lifestyle is also promoted through extensive amenity areas promoting a greater interaction. Plus, because it’s not a conventional home purchase, residents are exempt from the land transfer tax.
“We’re very excited about the concept behind Trinity Ravine Towers condominiums,” said Kalideen. “This residence is the epitome of immersion in faith-based living. Residents will enjoy wellness and fitness facilities, entertainment venues, a computer lab and even a community dining room. The Life Lease is a popular form of ownership here and in Canada. Owners will pay a monthly occupancy fee to cover maintenance, administration and a reserve fund overseen by the board of Global Kingdom Ministries, which is the community’s sponsor.”
To learn more about Global Kingdom Ministries’ 60th anniversary celebrations and to purchase tickets for the banquet, visit GKM60.com.
For more information on Trinity Ravine Towers, make sure to register online and visit the presentation centre located at 1250 Markham Road, open Monday to Thursday from 10am to 6pm, Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday from 1:30pm to 5pm.
For more information, visit trinityravine.ca or call 647 876 5433.