Why the Name Change

In August of 2017 our church officially changed its name to Providence Christian Church. This completed a process that lasted several years and was accompanied by much discussion and prayer.

Before then, and since our founding, we were known as Evangelical Presbyterian Church. That name was intended to reflect our commitment to the Gospel message of salvation through faith in Christ alone, as well as our commitment to the historic doctrines of God’s grace as taught by the Reformed churches that were formed during the Protestant Reformation. For nearly five hundred years, the words “evangelical” and “Presbyterian” have stood for a firm adherence to the authority of the Bible, to an orthodox belief in God, and to a clear doctrine of salvation. Sadly, all this has changed in recent years.

Because of shifting currents in our culture and in many churches, for many people “evangelical” has come to refer to either a narrow political agenda, or an unclear and even contradictory set of beliefs about Scripture, God, and salvation, or both. And because the largest Presbyterian denomination in the United States has largely rejected the authority of the Bible and many of its core teachings, for many Christians the word “Presbyterian” now stands for a radical departure from spiritual truth.

We mourn over the loss of meaning that these changes represent, and we do not want our name to communicate the opposite of what we believe. So, when we learned that many people in our area were confusing us with other groups that reject what we believe, we knew it was time for a change.

The word “providence” refers to the fact that God actively cares for, supports, and directs everything that happens in His creation in order to accomplish His beautiful and marvelous purpose. What this means for God’s people is that everything in their lives is part of His loving plan, and that our journey through this life is designed to show us, more and more each day, how He fulfills that plan through Jesus Christ.

We invite you to take this journey with us, each Sunday morning in our worship services, and throughout each week.