Hello MA Family,
My name is Kyle Hackmann, and it is my joy to join your community. It is also a privilege to be planting the newest mission site of Mission Anabaino in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Over six years ago, my wife and I loaded all our belongings on a moving truck and moved from Chicago to Toronto. My wife had never visited the city! We had a two month old daughter and a one-month old MDiv diploma and we were ready for an adventure! We intended to serve two years in Toronto in hopes of learning about ministry and church planting in a secular-urban context and then do missions work in Europe. Six years later, we now have four daughters (Eden, Cora, Eliza, and Catherine) and have decided to commit long term to planting in Toronto.
I am planting in the East End of Toronto (the neighborhood in which I have resided in since we moved here). Toronto’s East End consists of about a quarter of a million people. It is the last refuge of the family that wants to raise children in Toronto. Over 100,000 homes in the East End of Toronto have sold in the past 10 years. And yet, there is not a single English speaking church that meets in the East End that was started before World War II begin! There are only four churches in this area that would not perform a same sex marriage, and their combined average attendance would be under 600 people. There is clearly a need for a new work, especially a missionally engaged high gospel, high church congregation!
I do not think I would have had the courage to plant this church without being introduced to the MA community. A couple of years ago some of my favorite congregants moved from Toronto to New Haven. They introduced me to the MA movement. I devoured the articles and resources online. I couldn’t get enough. For the first time in my life, I felt like my academic interests in high church ecclesiology and passion for church planting in secular regions were both encouraged at the same time. Right now, I am finalizing fund raising, putting together a launch team, beginning launch team training, and aiming to launch a Total Christ church in Toronto in October of 2017 (the 500 year anniversary of the Reformation)! If you are ever in Toronto, please don’t hesitate to reach out!
Visit Mission East End online here.