In 1912 this congregation began as the Jane Street Methodist Church, located in a portable at Jane Street and Raymond Avenue.
The next step, in 1914, was to build a basement church on Baby Point Road at Thornhill Avenue. Here, the congregation was known as Baby Point Methodist Church.
Ten years later, in 1924, the building on that site had grown from a basement to its present height and became known as Humbercrest Methodist Church. When Church Union occurred in 1925, the name changed again, becoming Humbercrest United Church.
Eventually, a fast growing congregation required more worship space and greater Sunday School facilities and so, the Sanctuary wing was built on the west side and dedicated in 1951. At this time an excellent Casavant organ was added, thus continuing Humbercrest’s tradition of superb music.
Audio Interview with Rev. E. Black
Rev. Black was the first full-time minister at Humbercrest Methodist Church from 1920 – 1925. This audio interview was conducted by Rev. Lavelle Smith in the late 1960’s, when Rev. Black was in his 89th year. Included is a slideshow of images from the Humbercrest Archives . This is a fascinating account of Humbercrest at the very beginning!