The Birth of Providence Church
Providence Church was planted in May 2005 in Providence Village, TX, by founding pastor Barry Keldie and The Village Church. Barry’s vision for Providence was to spread the gospel and plant churches throughout our region and the world. Thanks to God’s grace, Providence Church flourished, renting various locations to accommodate rapid growth. The need for a permanent space was immediately apparent, and Providence purchased and renovated the Broken Spoke Saloon at Main Street and FM 423 in Little Elm, TX.
After spending around four years in that location and again outgrowing the space, Providence bought the abandoned Dodge dealership at 5625 Preston Road in Frisco, TX. Following renovations, we held our first service in the new Providence Church facility on Christmas Eve 2009.
Bitter and Sweet
Shortly after moving into our new building, tragedy struck as pastor Barry Keldie passed away. During this time, the Lord sustained the church as it banded together amidst turmoil and uncertainty.
After nine months without a lead pastor, God called Afshin Ziafat to become Providence Church’s lead pastor in October 2010. Providence again experienced rapid growth under the leadership of Afshin, and soon added Matt Boswell as worship pastor, among other elders and staff.
Providence's vision for church planting continued. In 2013, Providence Church planted Imago Dei Church in McKinney, TX, with former assistant pastor Jordan Stone and nearly a hundred Providence members, as well as Veritas Church in Fayetteville, NC, led by former intern John Murphy.
On May 3, 2015, we got to celebrate God’s faithfulness to Providence Church on our 10th anniversary. Many key leaders who served throughout Providence’s history returned to praise God for sustaining our church through the highs and lows.
With increased momentum and excitement for God’s work through Providence, our elders sensed God leading our church toward a time of sacrificial giving called the Advance Initiative in the fall of 2015. This three-year project aims to advance the gospel in our community, around the world, and in the next generation by reducing the debt on our current facility, renovating our building to accommodate growth, and increasing our missions giving. Thanks to the sacrificial giving of Providence members, we reached our goals and successfully refinanced our mortgage in early 2016, built a church in south Asia in Fall 2016, and began renovations in June 2017.
Throughout our existence as a church, God’s hand has led us through every step. Join us as we follow where God leads next!