In 1970, the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC) had a vision for a church in the growing municipality of Mississauga. In cooperation with Rev. Paul McInroy, they purchased a large white house at the QEW & Hurontario Street, in which Paul lived with his family conducting house meetings. Hellen Aello, a current member of PORTICO, was part of that original group. As the group grew to almost 50 people, they started meeting in Sheridan Park Public School in Port Credit where they continued to meet for approximately one more year. When Rev. Paul McInroy left, the fledgling group continued to meet from time to time in Hellen Aello's home, but soon scattered.
With renewed vision to maintain a PAOC church in Mississauga, the Western Ontario District Office of the PAOC as Rev. Fred Fulford to come and establish Mississauga Gospel Temple (MGT). In February 1972, Fred and Micki Fulford began conducting services in the Orange Hall on Agnes Street in Cooksville with 28 people. In June 1972, MGT was organized as an affiliate of the PAOC and a two-acre site was purchased in Erin Mills for a future building. In September of that same year, the congregation moved from the Orange Hall to Sheridan Park Public School where services were held for three years while the church was being built. Read more