From our first Canadian church – Grace Community Church – came the Village, our second successful church plant in the Greater Toronto Area. Rob Stanley, originally from rural New Brunswick, and Mat Fugere hailing from Québec, both followed God’s call to Ontario where they interned at Grace Community Church. After a few years of mentorship, the leadership team at Grace gave Rob and Mat their blessing to begin a new church in the GTA. Joined by Philip and Beth Bryant, the team first launched Real Life Church in Mississauga, but in 2006, the fledgling church found its home in nearby Milton, Ontario where it was re-launched as the Village Community Church and joined by Ted and Elise Adomanis.
The Village, now a campus of Renew Church, is a healthy church family with an average Sunday attendance of 150 people, a bustling children’s ministry and growing house churches. Renew Church - Milton has made its name known in the local community through advertising and outreach events such as the Milton Egg Drop which drew a crowd of 5,000 on Good Friday of 2009. Renew Church - Milton also established a community based help centre, VillageHelps, which provides short-term assistance to families with immediate needs within the town of Milton.
Marek Kowalsky serves as campus pastor and also oversees Sunday morning tech team and creative arts area. Mat Fugere provides specific insight into the house church structure and leads the worship team. Mitch Van Rassel serves as executive campus pastor, oversees Sundays morning programs and the weekly prayer team.