Pastor Peter Riigo

pastor peter rigoBorn in Toronto, Peter Rigo was raised in Hagersville, Oakville and Hamilton, Ontario by a Christian adoptive family. Peter had a warm and loving childhood, full of baseball and hockey and Sunday school–he even started his own lawn care business as a child.

In junior high school, Peter took up the drums, and used his talents playing in youth ministry and church services. It was during this time that Rigo discovered his true calling–bringing people together and helping them through the power of Christianity.

In high school, Peter spent much of his time in a creative capacity, making t-shirts, sound engineering, and designing/building sets for the theatre department’s productions. He also worked for Hamilton City’s Youth For Christ as a volunteer, finding Christian artists for various concerts and other events.

After graduating high school, Peter made his way to the US to attend Zion Bible Institute in Rhode Island. While there, his biggest passions were graphic arts and youth/traveling music ministry. During this time, he was given the opportunity to visit several houses of worship across the continent.

It was at Zion that Peter Rigo met his future wife Peggy. They married and continued to live in Providence for eight years, serving on a number of ministries and giving back to the community as much as posible. They also had two wonderful daughters, and the whole family attended church regularly. 

In 1999,  the Rigo’s were impressed to return to Canada, Pastor Peter’s home country, and start a church. After much prayer and many confirmations, they arrived in Canada in August of 2000.

In those first few years, many days and nights were spent in prayer. Once services began several people found One Community Church and decided to make it their home.

A wave of first time salvations was experienced in the first couple of years of the church, making the majority of the congregation new believers. People were baptized, filled with the Holy Spirit and discipled. Today, a number of those new believers from the church’s early years are now in the core leadership of One Community Church.

Fourteen years later this church has grown from having one location in downtown Hamilton to a second campus in downtown Toronto. In just a few years, the Toronto campus has experienced and seen a whole new group of people being saved, transformed and thriving in life.

Pastors Peter and Peggy’s daughters, Rachel Shuttlesworth and Ashley Gorda are also on staff at the church with their husbands Matthew Shuttlesworth and Jesse Gorda. Rachel and Matthew serve at the Toronto campus while Ashley and Jesse serve in Hamilton.

This family-built church has created a rich sense of community, and a place that people of all walks of life can call home. The journey so far has been amazing filled with miracles, breakthroughs, new friendships, transformed lives and futures discovered. We truly believe the best has yet to come.