Faith Today / Closing churches so they can grow again

New Canadian foundation interested in revitalizing downtown church spaces


A MONTREAL PASTOR believes "church buildings are the largest underutilized asset class in Canadian cities," and plans to change that. Graham Singh planted congregations in three closed churches, two in England and one in Guelph, Ont., before coming to St. Jax, Montreal in 2015.

When he arrived Singh closed the downtown Montreal Anglican church, which had a leaky roof, uneven foundation and difficult finances. He had the pews removed and changed the name from St. James the Apostle to a hipper-sounding St. Jax.