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Who We Are

About Us

Hope Centre is a safe and caring environment for all. You may be an inquirer. You may want to know and grow in Jesus Christ. Our aim is to know, love and worship God and to receive answers to the difficulties in life.

We meet on Sundays for worship:

11:00 AM [translation in Punjabi]

12:30 PM [teaching service]

Hope Centre is open for prayer, spiritual help and to assist you with any questions you may have. We have Bibles and other literature available in other languages, especially in Punjabi, Hindi and Urdu.

Our pastor Tony Zekveld and his colleague Padre Peter Nathaniel are with the Hope Centre under the supervision of Covenant Christian Church, in Wyoming, Ontario, affiliated with the United Reformed Churches in North America (URCNA).

Our Story

We began in 1995, as a mission offering hope to spiritually needy people. Within the first few years, we met a man who became a dear and respected friend; Sardar Jee Nidhan Singh. As our friendship grew, I discussed with him our hopes for a place where people could gather. In discussing what we might call this place, he suggested the name ‘the Hope Centre.’ He gave his rationale for the name: “the name is simple. People need hope and it’s a place where people can find hope.”

We visualized a place where people could receive hospitality, prayer, and spiritual help.

In July, 2004, Sardar Jee Nidhan suddenly expired. One month before his death, he met a padre on the street near our home. This padre had just immigrated from New Delhi and, as he was receiving some assistance from Sardar Jee Nidhan, he was directed to our home. He was given our phone number and our contact began.

In 2005, padre Peter Nathaniel joined the staff of the Hope Centre as a full-time assistant. Hope Centre functions as a centre for our diverse community, especially among many of our friends of South Asian descent.

The Hope Center has now a congregation, called ‘Hope Congregation’, a people who come together on Sundays for teaching and fellowship. With the assistance of a broad family of churches which calls itself the United Reformed Churches of North America, Hope Centre and congregation continue to grow through prayer and support.