Founded on June 15, 1899, the Adventist Church in London proudly stands as the official headquarters of the Ontario Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists, situated at the esteemed 235 Piccadilly Street. In that significant year, under the visionary leadership of Agnes Steward, the first Adventist elementary school in London, Ontario came into existence. Although this institution had a brief existence, it sowed the seeds for the remarkable educational institution we cherish today.
In 1928, the school was successfully reopened under the guidance of Pastor Hubley, becoming a steadfast beacon of enlightenment and academic distinction even amidst the challenges posed by the Great Depression and the Second World War. The post-war era proved to be a testing time for enrollment at the London SDA school, resulting in its temporary closure in 1947. Committed to nurturing the spiritual growth of young minds, London SDA redirected its focus towards establishing a robust Pathfinder club within the city, further cultivating the faith of our children and teenagers.
In 1979, Pastor Laren Kurtz spearheaded an initiative that saw the London congregation collaborating with the St. Thomas Seventh-Day Adventist Church to establish a school in St. Thomas. This collaboration led to increased student enrollment as children were car-pooled from London, fostering a strong bond between these neighboring communities. The London church generously contributed blackboards and other educational resources to the newly established school in the south, enabling education to flourish at this facility for over three decades.
Recognizing the need to provide quality Adventist education not only to our own children but also to those in the surrounding community as a means of evangelism, a decision was made in 2007 to reopen the school in London under the name Adventist Christian Elementary School. Initially housed at the North London SDA Church, the school has since relocated to the esteemed London SDA Church in the southern part of the city. The Adventist school in London boasts a storied history that spans over a century. It is our unwavering objective to perpetuate this rich legacy by acquiring a dedicated building of our own, wherein we can continue to provide holistic education that prepares students for both the present world and the one to come. Our commitment to true education remains resolute, ensuring a bright future for generations to come.