The Toronto congregation of the Church of God, International, was established in 1987 when a small group of brethren attended the first church service in the Islington Avenue/Albion Road area of Etobicoke, Ontario. By 1996, there were over fifty people in regular attendance.
The church then charted a course of public evangelism hosting one-day public campaigns as well as Bible study weekends. Subsequently, the church grew steadily and was able to set up satellite congregations in Kitchener, Oshawa, and Hamilton.
The Toronto CGI congregation has come a long way in its development and growth, and is now one of the biggest CGI congregations in North America. From the early days of taped sermons and recorded music, the CGI Toronto congregation is now a pioneer in seeking new ways to enhance its Sabbath service. Blessed by gifted members, the congregation is now able to present live sermons, sermonettes and music every week.
CGI Elder, Mr. Desmond Burke, who was based in Penticton, British Columbia, was the first pastor for the church. In later years, Pastor John Coish, of the Kitchener congregation replaced Mr. Burke, and in the year 2000, Mr. Bill Watson, Regional Director for the CGI, assumed the duties of Pastor of Record. Mr. Watson remains the Regional Director, while the current and first resident pastor is Mr. George Ramocan, who took up his position on November 21, 2009.