A handful of dedicated Orthodox Tewahdo Christians founded Medhanealem Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church in Edmonton, on 25th January 1994. In the same year, the church was incorporated in the province of Alberta and the Canadian Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church HAGER SIBKET. For seven years, the church rented space for worship from other churches. However, it soon became clear that the church needed to have a permanent residence and the then Board of Trustees established a Building Committee for raising funds. In the meantime a miracle happened among the parishioners, which resulted in the building of a new church by the generous couple W/Zo Emebet Gizaw and Ato Negatu Woldmedhin. His Holiness Abune Merkorios, Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, and other Holy Fathers, ceremoniously blessed the new building on 8th September 2001. Following the opening ceremony, His Holiness named the church Réese Adebarat Debre Selam Medhanealem.