Our first sign 20 years ago


Join us for worship

We welcome all who are seeking a closer relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.

9:30 am - English Worship Service & Fellowship
11:00 am - Finnish Worship Service & Fellowship

10:00 am - Bilingual Services & Fellowship
(usually last Sunday of the month)
*Check the calendar for more info

"You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid....In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven."

Matthew 5: 14, 16

We have services in English and Finnish, as well as a bilingual service once a month typically. The Finnish service is a traditional Finnish service with time-honoured gospel songs and liturgy.

For the English Service, we are very fortunate to have our retired pastors, Pastor Ed Long, Pastor Arleen Berg Leishman and Pastor Nancy Ringham as well as Lay Leaders.

And of course, there is coffee and pulla (Finnish coffee bread) served with great conversation and fellowship. We heartily welcome new points of view to our discussions.

We would like to announce that as of July 31, 2022, Pastor Jari Lahtinen has retired. Pastor Jari is no longer our called minister, but he will pray for our continued and future mission and ministry.

Therefore, Pastor Jari cannot:

  • perform weddings, funerals or baptisms;

  • visit the sick and the homebound;

  • continue in any counseling relationship with a parishioner;

  • be involved in any way in the call process;

  • give support or advice to anyone involved in a congregational disagreement;

  • return to lead worship services (unless invited back as a "former pastor" to participate in a special event.

We give thanks to God for the time Pastor Jari was with us and we pray for him as he now goes on to serve God and the church in new ways.

Hilldale Lutheran Church has extended a call to Pastor Sirpa Tolppanen from Finland and she has accepted the call. Pastor Sirpa's Installation Service will be held on Sunday, November 13, 2022 at 2:00pm.

Please, check our other web pages to get more information about our events and get a better picture of our amazing church! We hope to see you under our roof soon!

Original Church.jpg

Our journey from our first location in 1950 to where we are today.

Image by Eric Rothermel

Our calendar of events this month.

Hilldale Lutheran Church (ELCIC)

Thunder Bay, ON
Pastor Sirpa Tolppanen