The Gathering began as a Bible study in South Windsor in 2013.  Like-minded believers gathered in the home of Garth and Patty Leno for simple worship, passionate prayer, and strong teaching from the Word of God.  After outgrowing the Leno home, and the meeting spaces at Roseland Golf & Country Club, The Gathering met in a  renovated warehouse on Provincial Road.

In October 2017, The Gathering held its first worship service at our current location, 2401 Columbus Ave.

You can check out the full story below.


The Gathering Church exists to bring glory to God through lives changed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.



The gospel is the story of God reconciling and redeeming a broken creation and fallen creatures to Himself through the life, death, resurrection and future return of Jesus Christ. Our hope and desire is that the gospel would stand at the center of all that we do. It is what directs and defines us.


We believe that Jesus is greater than anyone or anything!  He is our living Savior, our risen Lord, our Great High Priest, and our loving friend.  He is fully man and fully God and He is worthy of our worship!


During the summer of 2013 several people who felt uneasy about their church life came together for Bible study and fellowship with Garth and Patty Leno in the family room of their home in Windsor, Ontario.


It was not long before this small group grew too large for their home and we began meeting Saturday evenings at the Roseland Golf and Curling Club for simple worship, corporate prayer, and teaching straight from the Bible.


We outgrew the first meeting room we rented. We rented a larger banquet / meeting room across the hall. 


More people kept coming, and on January 18, 2014 we announced to those assembled for worship that we planned to take the next step to form a new church in Windsor-Essex.


We met at Roseland Golf Course from May 4, 2013 to Jan 4, 2015, then we leased a warehouse on Provincial Road in Windsor. We now occupy 12,000 square feet of building on 6.2 acres of property at 2401 Columbus Avenue, the former Knights of Columbus south Windsor property.   


Worship with us every Sunday morning at 10 AM at 2401 Columbus Avenue. 

Garth Leno

Founding Pastor

Garth and his wife, Patty, started what would become The Gathering in 2013 in the living room of their home.  Garth concluded his time on staff in June of 2022.

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We are part of the SEND Network church planting initiative of the Southern Baptist Convention in the U.S., and the Canadian National Baptist Convention here at home.  Click below to learn more about the SEND Network.


We are affiliated with the Canadian National Baptist Convention.  Click below to learn more about the CNBC.