In 1841, the Rev. Alexander Sanson, Rector of St. John’s Church York Mills believed it was time to open a church in the city of York. St. Paul’s opened in 1842 by Rev. Charles Matthews and the parish was about 100 people. By 1858 it had a growing community, leading the construction of a new building with the capacity for a bigger congregation.
The church continued to grow and evolve, and in 1910 it became the regimental church for Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, a regiment of the Canadian Armed Forces. Outside of St. Paul’s stands the Cross of Sacrifice, built after the First World War to commemorate members of QOR who have died in combat.
In 1919 the construction of a bigger church started as more and more made St. Paul’s their home. It was then reopened in 1913. During the First World War, many men and women of St. Paul’s served for our country. When you visit St. Paul’s today, you will see many of the memorials, stained glass windows and other tributes in memory of those who lost their lives.
In 2002 the two separate buildings that made up the church were connected by a beautiful renovation which ended in 2006. Named the “Nehemiah Project” this massive renovation symbolized bringing the old and new together into a unified whole.
St. Paul’s has been a welcoming space in the heart of Toronto for almost 200 years, and today is the largest Anglican Church in Toronto. We are a diverse and growing community of people learning how to follow Jesus in the heart of our global city. We would love to have you join us.