Late in the 1980's, Markham
experienced a large influx o f Greek Orthodox Christians into the York Region,
and the need was felt for a Church of our own.
With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Sotirios, the first
Greek Orthodox Church was founded in Markham, at 27 Mintleaf Gate in 1989. A portable building was converted into a
fully functional Orthodox Church, with the warmth and charm of a Greek village
church. On December 8th, the Eve of the
Conception of the Theotokos by St. Anna, the first services were held in the newly constructed Church.
congregation soon outgrew the property and a new location was necessary. In 1992, the Mintleaf property was sold and
church services were held in the interim at the Markham Museum.
church purchased the property of our present location on 11359 Warden Avenue in
April of 1994, and the portable church was transferred there. The modest facilities served the congregation
well, both as a place of worship as well as a second portable that functions as
a place of fellowship. By the grace of
God, the parish had again outgrown the portable facility and there was a great
need to build and expand to a much larger and permanent home on our current
13.5 acre property.
By October of 2002, we were able to announce the Blessing and Ground Breaking
Service for our new church building on our property at 11359 Warden Avenue in
Markham, the service and celebration was held on Wednesday, October 16, 2002,
at 7:00 p.m.
The Greek Orthodox Church of
Sts. Panteleimon, Anna & Paraskevi, Markham, York Region celebrated the
Opening Ceremony of the new church building on Friday, December 10, 2004.
The new Church has been
constructed in the traditional Byzantine style with 800 person seating capacity
and 24.000 sq. ft. The Church is the only Greek Orthodox Church in York Region
servicing approximately 3000 families, including Markham, Richmond Hill, Aurora, Whitchurch-Stouffville,
King, as well as the GTA. The church
offers programs to our patrons including Sunday Church School, Greek School,
Greek Dance Lessons, Youth Group, Philoptohos Committee, and Annual Greek