Rev. Rick McKnight had been travelling to Peterborough for some time, conducting special meetings at St. Alphonsus Church. The Lord directed him to start a church here. So Shiloh Word Fellowship was born in 1993 started by Rev. Rick and Bonnie McKnight, and began by meeting in the Public Library.
God had spoken to them to tell them that the church was to be located in the West end of Peterborough. They looked but could not find an appropriate location at that time. So, they moved into 356 Simons Avenue in 1995, renting the facility from Church of the Open Bible.
At this time, Mark and Wendy Murack were serving as Associate Pastors at Faith Family Church in Ajax. In June 1996, God called them to take over the reins of Shiloh. In the first few services there were less than 20 attendees, but God planted a big vision in their hearts to reach the lost of the Peterborough area and to inspire the church to abundant living.
Simons Avenue facility was purchased in February 1999. At this point the basement and bathrooms were refurbished, the church office was moved from the Pastors’ house to the church and a balcony was built to house the sound booth.
The church name was changed to Christian Victory Church in December to fit with the Pastors’ vision for the church.
Christian Victory School started in September 2000 with five students and Miss Catey Jobin as Principal.
A portable was installed behind the main sanctuary in September 2002 to serve as classroom for the school and the Kids Church centre.
Two Sunday morning services started.
In July 2003, Pastor Jamie Cox and his wife Katherine moved over from England to become the church’s first Associate Pastor, to take the burden of administration off Pastor Mark’s shoulders and to introduce live praise and worship.
Pastor Wendy started the Christian Victory School of Theology, a satellite campus of Christian Life School of Theology, in September 2003. So far, more than 40 students have attended courses in pursuit of diplomas, certificates and degrees.
The Brealey Drive facility was purchased from Calvary Pentecostal Church in February 2004. Mercy of
God Ministries bought the Simons Avenue building.
A Stewardship Campaign was launched and over $250,000 was pledged over a three year period towards the purchase of its new building by the church congregation. In the main sanctuary, the sound booth was extended from the back of the room and new sound and multimedia equipment was installed. Work begun redecorating the office wing.
Catey Jobin was officially ordained as Children’s Pastor in October.
Josh and April Perks were set apart as youth leaders.
Julie Baker joined the staff as Administrator in July.
The Youth and Bikers’ Church room was redecorated ready for complete refurbishment with the audio and visual equipment from the Simons Avenue installed.
Pastor Jamie and his family moved back to England to Pastor a church in their homeland.
Michael Walker came on board as our Operations Director
First year for “The First Christmas” – A new look for a timeless story. Written and direction by our very own Katherin Tedford
Pastor Mark went to India where he taught 3000 plus church workers leadership skills to better lead their churches plus were able to give money to help rebuild some pastor’s homes.
New Carpet was installed in the Kid’s Church rooms.
We were able to provide visitors with free gas cards and offer almost $10,000 in free dental care for low income families in Peterborough
Top up and Take Away Day. We were able to top up the communities windshield washer fluid at the Pioneer Gas Bar and send them home with a free full bottle.
New carpet was installed in the lobby and Kids Church hallways
Romance and the Rings. Valentine’s Day is about love and we love to give. We were able bless 3 members of our community with 3 different rings that had a total appraisal value of over $5000.00. If you attended CVC on Feb 12, 2012 your name went into a draw for a chance to win an appraised ring. 3 visitors went home with a beautiful piece of jewellery.