Heritage Green History October 20, 2012
In the late 1970’s, under the direction of Pastor Eric Juriansz, pastor of the Hamilton Mountain Seventh-day Adventist Church, with much sacrificial giving, property was purchased at the corner of Mud Street and Isaac Brock Drive, for the development of independent senior apartments. As the building was nearing completion, it was agreed that one wing of the building would be built to accommodate a small nursing home. Occupation of the apartments began in the summer of 1982, and the nursing home opened in March of 1983. For several years, church members living in the apartments found rides to the Hamilton Mountain church or the Hamlton East church, but the hope and dream of those who lived in the apartments was to have a church on site, which would be easy for members to access regardless of weather, and without having to depend on transportation.
In early 1986, members began meeting in the Senior Centre Activity Room for Sabbath Services, and a Company of 60 members was organized under the leadership of Pastor Eric Juriansz on October 17, 1987. Pastor Brian Juriansz became the first pastor in 1988. Shortly after, space was rented for Sabbath Services at Valley Park Community Center, where they continued until moving into the church. Concentrated efforts were made to raise funds for a church building, and ground was broken on November 1, 1989.
To keep the costs down, the members, under the guidance of Pastor Brian Juriansz and the Building Committee Chairman, Ben Hort, did a lot of the work such as framing, plumbing, painting and landscaping, themselves. The church was occupied on October 7, 1990, and the official opening was held in November.
Under the leadership of Pastors Brian Juriansz, Jack Milmine and Adam Bujak, the church was paid off quickly, and a dedication service took place on October 8, 1994.
Through the years, the church grew in membership, and more young families began to make Heritage Green their home church. Pastor Richard Parent led the congregation for a short period and was followed by Pastor Richard Roschman. It was soon recognized that we were outgrowing our space for Sabbath School classes and other church activities, so in 2006 serious work began on expansion plans.
In the Fall of 2008 work began on the renovations, and we moved into the newly completed space in May 2009. The official opening of our improved facilities took place on November 14, 2009.
After serving Heritage Green Seventh-day Adventist Church for twelve years, Pastor Roschman was called to another district. We bid him and his family farewell on August 18, 2012, and welcomed Pastor Darryl Blahovich and his family on September 22, 2012.
God has blessed us abundantly with a beautiful church in which to worship. He has also provided us with many opportunities to share this with others who need a place of worship for an occasional meeting, a temporary home while they build their own, or a place to be used for community programs. We praise and thank God for His blessings to us, and for the opportunities to share this blessing with others in our community.
On Sabbath, October 20, 2012, we celebrated 25 years as an organized church in the sisterhood of Seventh-day Adventist churches in Ontario. We look forward to continued growth and service in our community in the coming years.