From its founding in 1954, Providence Baptist Church has put Christ at the Center in the Cotswold community.
May 23, 1954Providence Baptist Church was FoundedFounded in 1954, Providence Baptist Church began with 165 charter members. Providence was founded and remains a congregation of faith that holds a strong belief in local church autonomy and the priesthood of all believers.
Providence Baptist Church began on four-acres of land on Providence Road before finding it's home on Randolph Road.
1954-1967Gordon Weekley, Jr.Senior Pastor
1963The First Service of OrdinationTheophilus Patnaik became the first person to be ordained to the Gospel Ministry at Providence Baptist Church. Providence has ordained 31 ministers since 1963.
1973Pledge of CommitmentProvidence’s Pledge of Commitment was adopted in August 1973. It exemplifies the qualities of a Providence Baptist Church member.
1976The Diaconate Elects First Female DeaconProvidence first elected women to serve on the Deacon Body.
1981The Ordination of Patricia McBrayerPatricia McBrayer became the first woman to be ordained to the Gospel Ministry at Providence Baptist Church.
1968-1991William Henry CrouchSenior Pastor
1993-1996Charles B. BuggSenior Pastor
2011Providence GardensSince 2011, Providence has built and maintained a community garden that is part of the Friendship Garden network. The crops from the Providence Gardens are donated to our Missions Partners, The BULB.
1998-2015Alton Cadenhead, Jr.Senior Pastor
2016-CurrentLee CanipeSenior Pastor
March 28, 2018Providence Will"Providence Will: A Strategic Plan for Providence 2025" was adopted by the Deacons. This Strategic Plan is organized around five priorities: Cultivate Generosity, Make Disciples, Engage Cotswold, Bless Charlotte, and Send Apostles.
Providence practices Sending Apostles through the following church plants:
- Candlewyck Baptist
- Carmel Baptist
- The Korean Baptist Church
- Sharon Baptist
We have also hosted faith communities and refugees in need of a worship space: Korean, Ukrainian, Congolese and Burmese congregations.