Springvale has a long and rich spiritual heritage dating back to the 19th century. The corner of Stouffville & Kennedy is so much more than simply the crossing of two roads. It is a place where people intersect with the gospel of Christ, where friendships are formed, family is nourished, the gospel is preached and lives are changed. We give thanks to God for where he has brought us and we would be remiss to forget those who have gone on before us, faithfully paving the way for today and the future. We gratefully strive to faithfully build on this foundation as we endeavor to be a redemptive presence in our region by nurturing Christ-centred families.

A look back

  • 1848 - William & Sarah Ratcliff donated land and Second Markham Baptist Church was founded on the corner of Stouffville & Kennedy Roads. The church began with 40 members.
  • 1854 - First resident pastor Elder R. McLelland shared with First Markham Baptist Church.
  • 1877 - Continued growth necessitated the construction of a new building (still in existence today).
  • 1939 - The church united with the Fellowship of Independent Baptist Churches.
  • 1951 - Front church entrance erected.
  • 1953 - Balcony was added.
  • 1955 - Youth Center was built (currently Emmanuel International building). This attracted many from the region for Stouffvile Youthtime.
  • 1976 - The name was changed to Springvale - not only because the church was no longer in Markham township, but also there was no longer a First Markham Baptist in existence. The "spring" came from the idea that there were artesian wells in the area as well as the symbolism derived from the "eternal springs" of living waters. The church is in a valley or vale, thus the name Springvale.
  • 1978 - A larger Christian Education wing was added, complete with nursery, washroom and a new pastor's study.
  • 1982 - Pastor Bob Flemming was called to Springvale.
  • 1984 - A new auditorium was added as well as Christian education facilities, a kitchen and offices (13,000 sq. ft. in total)
  • 1987-1993 - multiple staff added to enable the Pastoral team to more effectively meet the many and varried issues that present themselves in an ever growing church.
  • 1988 - 10 acres are purchased from the Stouffville Conference Center.
  • 1991 - An addition of overflow space to the auditorium, Christian Education & office space was completed.
  • 1992 - 10 acres severed, rezoned & title completed.
  • 1997- Corner property acquired.
  • 2000 - All debt from previous building and land aquisition projects paid off.
  • 2004 - Building permit process begins.
  • 2005-2007 - Site development, exterior & interior construction.
  • 2008 - Occupancy of new facility.
  • 2011 - Dr. Ed Fontaine called to Springvale.
  • 2017 - Renovations to Springvale Kids department.