SEEING A NEED
During the summer of 1992, current Providence members Tom and JoAnne Petersburg saw the need for a Bible-centered church on the west side of Cleveland. They discussed this opportunity with a group of twelve couples, including Jim Bzdafka. After praying and evaluating, this small group of families began meeting regularly for worship.
As the core group continued to meet, they joined their new small church with the Evangelical Free Church of America. They chose the name Providence Church to highlight God’s guiding, sovereign hand over this local body and His larger kingdom.
Providence launched its first public worship service in February 1993 at a day care facility in Westlake with Jim Bzdafka as the full-time senior pastor. Two years later as growth continued, Sunday worship was moved to Parkside Middle School in Westlake.
Providence saw God’s mighty hand at work in 2002 as He made a way for the purchase of land and construction of a church building on Detroit Road in Avon. The church first worshipped at its new home and current location on December 14, 2003.
As its facilities, church family, and ministries continue to grow, Providence remains true to its commitment to Biblical teaching and encouraging relationships, and will continue to serve the community and equip God’s people to build Christ’s Kingdom on Cleveland’s west side.