Located in Toronto, Ontario, Revivaltime Tabernacle Worldwide Ministries was founded by Bishop Dr., Audley N. James. Through obedience and prayer he answered the call to ministry and on Sunday, April 26th 1980, Bishop James, his wife Rosenda, along with 21 adults and 13 children attended the first service at Bathurst Heights Secondary School.
The ministry enjoyed several years of prolific growth, both numerically and spiritually. God’s anointing was evident in every service. Cell groups were established in 11 areas of what is now known as Metropolitan Lotherton Pathway, Malvern and Malton, to name a few. The establishment of these cell groups led to such growth that the church started operating numerous bus routes. The news of the Revivaltime’s blessing quickly spread throughout the city and Bishop James was invited to host the Night Lite program at 100 Huntley Street TV ministries, a role he performed for six years.
The need for a more permanent home and the immense congregational growth was quickly realized, and after much prayer and fasting (including a Jericho march around the desired property), a plot of land at 4340 Dufferin Street was purchased.
Six years after its humble beginnings; on Sunday, April 27th, 1986, Revivaltime Tabernacle opened its doors to a 34,500 sq ft. sanctuary with complementary ministry facilities. This was indeed a milestone. For the first time in 129 years, Revivaltime Tabernacle became the first church in the African Canadian Community to build a place of worship in the Province of Ontario and only the second in Canada in the last century.
The first service was one of dedication and Reverend Homer Cantelon, District Superintendent of PAOC was the officiating minister. It was truly a time of thanksgiving, dedication and celebration. On April 26th 1986, as a prelude to the opening ceremony to dedicate the new building, the entire Revivaltime congregation; young and old, marched from Bathurst Heights Secondary school to the new site, an undertaking that involved a police escort and several road closures.
After moving into their new home, the Revivaltime congregation continued to expand the Kingdom of God with the opening of an Outreach Centre at 225 Gosford Boulevard in the Jane & Finch area. This Outreach Centre provided programs for young people on Sunday mornings and on Tuesday and Thursday nights.
The vision of this ministry is to serve the “whole man” not just his spiritual needs, and so in September 1993, in a joint venture with the Ministry of Housing, Ontario, Revivaltime Tabernacle opened and dedicated a forty-
In March 1994, Revivaltime Tabernacle broadened its Ministry with the planting of a second church, Revivaltime Durham, in Pickering, Ontario, to serve the eastern section of the Greater Toronto Area. The Durham church was initially located at 400 Monarch Road. This cognation is now permanently housed in their own facility at 550 Kingston Road.
Revivaltime Tabernacle now has ministries and/or partners in various parts of Africa and the Caribbean. To reflect this international expansion and exposure, the name of this ministry has undergone a slight change and is now known as Revivaltime Tabernacle Worldwide Ministries