Quotes from the Committee

Bunnie Walker: “Trust in the Lord, and also seek His discernment. That was a difficult task for me – trying to determine to whom God was leading us. That is, until I sat in Lee’s sanctuary and heard him preach. I knew then that God had made our paths straight! He challenged, yet encouraged me with his profound sermon. His warmth and passion for all aspects of his ministry, especially in the area of missions, is inspiring. I am honored to call him my pastor.”


Stowe Query: “From the first moment I spoke with Lee on the phone, I wanted to hear more.  His preaching is engaging, his humor is contagious, and his ability to relate to a diverse congregation reflects wisdom beyond his years.  The Lord has truly led both Lee and PBC to come together, and I cannot wait to see where the Lord will lead our church in the future under Lee’s leadership.”


Frankie Ayscue: “Providence Baptist Church and Dr. Lee Canipe have been preparing for this day for a long time.  Lee, Hilary, Helen, Watt and Peter are going to bring a new excitement and energy to our church community.  I look forward to our continued growth here at Providence and growing God’s Kingdom together in the days and years to come through Lee’s leadership, guidance and teaching.”


Sarah Blackwell: “Lee has an inspiring vision for what the church must do to thrive in the world today.  His ability to explain and connect scripture to our daily lives, together with his enthusiastic and authentic leadership, will help motivate and encourage each of us to seek where God would have us minister in the church and in the world.”


Cheryl Bradshaw: “Lee’s is full of energy and has a great sense of humor. It’s obvious that he loves his work. Getting to know him as part of this search process was such a pleasure. I am excited to have him as part of the Providence family and to see how God will lead our paths together. “


Bill Caldwell: “We have found Dr. Canipe to be very personable and engaging. He thinks before he speaks and displays a disarming sense of humor. Lee will be a wonderful pastor to the entire Providence congregation. We are looking forward to his leadership.”


Michael Christian: “The process of following God’s lead to Lee as our Sr. Pastor candidate is one that I will remember for a lifetime.  We truly saw God’s hand at work in connecting the dots to lead us to Lee.  Lee is ready made to lead Providence into the future with the energy, passion, excitement and theology that will modernize and energize our congregation.  We are so pleased that God connected us with Lee and we are thrilled to have him as part of the Providence family. “


Donna Eason: “Lee is caring, compassionate, wise, and witty.  He is easy to be around.  Lee will be a great leader for the future of PBC.  I look forward to the days ahead.”


Heather Hanson: “While Lee’s preaching is exceptional, it is his warmth and generosity of spirit that I find truly inspirational.  His humility and sense of humor are equally touching.  Lee has utilized his impressive education to pastor to his congregation, to educate his parishioners, and to publish for the multitudes.  Providence is blessed to embrace a new vision for the future under his leadership.”


Jeff Hinson:  “When Lee discusses ministry and discipleship it is both exciting and contagious.  I look forward to seeing how God’s kingdom will be enhanced through his leadership at Providence.”


Leslie Jones: “Lee’s humble nature and sense of humor drew us in from the beginning. I look forward to his engaging preaching style on Sunday mornings and his thoughtful leadership in the years to come.”


Harrison Marshall: “When the Pastor Search Committee asked Lee to describe his dream for Providence, he said that he would like for PBC to be a church that first equips and then encourages its members to go out into the world as disciples.  Lee will educate, inspire and challenge us.  We need to be ready to respond.”