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, along with other elders and staff.
Providence's vision for church planting continued. In 2013, Providence Church planted Imago Dei Church (now Christ Redeemer Church) in McKinney, TX, sending nearly a hundred Providence members with former assistant pastor Jordan Stone. Later that year, Providence sent former intern John Murphy to Fayetteville, NC to plant Veritas Church.
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 project aimed to advance the gospel in our community, around the world, and in the next generation. Thanks to the sacrificial giving of Providence members, we reached our goals and successfully refinanced our mortgage in early 2016, built a church building in South Asia in fall 2016, and completed building renovations in December 2017. Our newly-renovated building provided space for expanded Providence Kids classrooms as well as spaces to welcome guests and equip the church through new discipleship programs.
In the fall of 2018, Providence planted The Trails Church in Celina, TX, sending Matt Boswell as the lead pastor, along with nearly 200 Providence members. We began praying that the Lord would fill the empty seats with many who need to hear the gospel, and he has been faithful to answer those prayers! He has also continued to raise up leaders; just after planting The Trails, Providence installed two new elders.
Throughout our existence as a church, God’s hand has led us through every step. Join us as we follow where God leads next!