about us

Jesus spent time with and hung out with all kinds of people from all kinds of backgrounds and we are called to do the same. It really doesn’t matter who you are or where you’ve been, you are sincerely welcome here.

Who we are

What we believe

What we are about

Firstly, we are Christian.

We are members of the universal Church, made up of all those who follow Jesus Christ as Lord and identify with His body, the Church.

Secondly, we are Evangelical.

Light On The Hill (St. John The Baptist) Community Church is an evangelical “fresh expressions” church serving the local community of Richmond Hill and York Region. We are part of the Anglican Diocese of Toronto. The Diocese of Toronto, founded in 1839, is the largest of the 30 Dioceses in the Anglican Church of Canada.

Evangelicals are found within most denominations. To be an Evangelical Anglican church means to be part of a specific tribe, within a tribe, within a movement.

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin conception, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly, transformed, powerful and fulfilling life.

We believe in the resurrection of the dead; those who accepted Jesus’ invitation to follow Him as their Lord receive the gift of eternal life with God; but those who refused Jesus’ invitation will spend eternity away from Him.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

We believe that we have been commissioned by Jesus to make disciples, people who follow Jesus as Lord, who in turn make other disciples.

Making Jesus known and developing Jesus-centred disciples who bring glory to God everywhere.

meet our staff

Light On The Hill’s staff provides leadership, support, and encouragement to our community.

Peter Blundell

Lead Pastor

Peter has been the incumbent and Lead Pastor at Light On The Hill since 2004. He is the primary teacher and mentor of our church and he and his wife Margaret serve as the spiritual leaders of our church family.

Adam Furfaro

Executive Director

Adam has been the Executive Director at Light On The Hill since 2016.  He is passionate about finding new ways to bring the church to the neighbourhood, and the neighbourhood to the church. He loves to cook and you can often find him “outback” in our Community Garden.

Tammy Friesen

Administrator

Tammy has been our Administrator since 2013. She is the glue that binds us all together and keeps our church and finances up-to-speed on a day-to-day basis. Tammy and her family have attended here for almost a decade.

James Yu 余雅各

Lay Pastor of Mandarin Ministries 中文事工传道人

ames has been the Mandarin Lay Pastor since 2019. He and his wife serve the Chinese Ministries and the Fu-Yin Service on Sundays. 自2019年以来,余雅各和妻子冯潇璐一起服侍于圣施洗约翰堂的中文事工,以及主日的中文礼拜

Lilli Furfaro

Worship Leader

Lilli is an actress/musician and a recent graduate of the York University Acting Conservatory. She has attended Light On The Hill since childhood (aside from a brief period when her family relocated to Alberta) and grew up singing and playing on the Worship Team she now leads. Lilli is a song-writer, composer and plays many instruments including guitar, piano, ukulele and percussion.

our volunteers

The real backbone of the church is our volunteers. It takes all kinds of people to make community happen. Our Sunday gatherings are created live, by an amazing group of volunteers who make up our Media, Worship, First Impressions, Prayer, and Hospitality teams. Volunteers also lead our Kidtopia and Little Lights Children’s Ministry Teams, our Life Groups and part of our Leadership Team.

Made up of our Churchwardens, the Incumbent, senior staff, some ministry leaders,  and church elders, the leadership team sets and protects the mission of the church, ensures that community has the resources it needs to operate effectively and lends spiritual, fiduciary and strategic guidance to the Corporation in accordance with the Cannons of the Diocese.

Churchwardens: Mary Walsh (Rector’s Warden), and David Bath (People’s Warden)

other ministry leaders

Volunteer Opportunities

Greeters / Performers / Musicians whatever talents you have and a servant heart, consider serving with us today.

Contact us for volunteer opportunities.

Worship

Jubilee Service (English)

Fu Yin (Mandarin)

Discipleship

Also known as “Lifegroups”. We encourage all to join to grow more mature in Christ. For more information, click here.

ministries