3180 Bathust Street
Toronto, ON M6A 2A9
416 783 6503
The congregation worships Sunday mornings at 10:30am. All are welcome.
Our Mission Statement
Acknowledgement of the Land
Today, the meeting place of Toronto is still home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island, and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work in the community, on this territory. We are also mindful of broken covenants and the need to strive to make right with all our relations. The original nations continue to cry out for justice. As treaty people, we commit to listen, learn, and work toward justice and reconciliation.
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MEET THE STAFF
Rev. Carol McKinley, B.A., M.Div.
"We always have a seat saved just for you.”
Anthony Panacci: Organist & Choir Leader
He is currently on faculty in the Humber College Music Program teaching jazz piano and in the recording studio program. Since 1976, he has been playing extensively in the Canadian music scene, both live and in the studio.
Anthony is a very versatile musician who plays jazz in festivals and clubs across Canada, notably in Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City. In 1986, he toured with classical guitarist Liona Boyd. He has played and recorded pop and country with David Clayton Thomas, Petula Clark, Shirley Eikhard, the Mersey Brothers and Pete Wade, Latin jazz with the Montuno Police, Robby Ameen and his own project “Eclectica Latino” featuring Raul Pineda and Roberto Viscaino.
Anthony also owns a full digital recording studio in his house, where he engineers and produces for bands, singers and music for TV and radio, many different jazz projects including his own “Eclectica Latino”, “Blues for Jazz” and his wife Mary’s “Her Perfume”. In 2016 and 2017, he played in the house band for the CBC Canadian Screen Awards with Norm MacDonald and Howie Mandel!
Cate Billinger: Office Administrator
I am a single mother of an adult daughter who I am very proud of.
I have worked for the United Church since 2010 and thoroughly enjoy my job. I have worked as a volunteer in the United Church for many jobs. In fact, because my home church kept asking me to be on or chair a committee, I finally made the decision to commit to the church.
Currently at my home church I am the recording secretary for our council. When I was asked to take on this position, I was told that “we only meet once a month or every two months” this quickly became every month and then for a while every week. But we have come out the other side of these difficulties and now seem to be on the road to recovery and improvement.
During my time at Wexford Heights, we have amalgamated – I was on that committee, we have hired two ministers and a part time supply minister – I was on those committees, and currently I am a member of the Worship committee. And in case that is not enough of Church, I work at a Presbyterian church in the afternoons when I leave here at noon and still attend church every Sunday.
What makes this job so enjoyable is the congregation. Everyone is friendly, accepting and respectful of others. It is a joy to come to work.
Alvaro Perez Castanero
Since then I’ve lived in Toronto. I have a daughter who is 15 years old. I live with my wife Alejandra who is from Uruguay too.
I’ve been working for the United Church for 15 years as a custodian. I started with Asbury and West two years ago.
My hobbies are reading, especially everything concerning with world history and I love to watch Soccer.
It has given me such pleasure working with the people in this church; they are very friendly and cooperative.
The Church's Heritage:
1812 - Methodist circuit riders came out from the village of Eglinton on horseback to Bathurst & Lawrence to hold services in the Mulholland family home. This eventually became the Asbury Methodist Church.
1840 - The West Presbyterian Sunday School was opened on the western edge of Toronto at King & Spadina.
1925 - The United Church of Canada came into being. It joined Methodist, Presbyterian & Congregationalist churches together. About 30% of the Presbyterian Churches stayed apart.
1947 - West Church moved north and joined to form Asbury and West United Church.
2011 - Asbury and West gets designated a Heritage building and begins it's renovation.
2014-The Church moves back to 3180 Bathurst Service.