Pastors

Jim Bzdafka

SENIOR PASTOR

A native of northeast Ohio, Jim was All-Ohio in two sports before attending North Carolina State University on a football scholarship. After earning a B.A. in Journalism, he went on to earn his Masters in Business Management from Baldwin-Wallace College. He held several different positions in marketing management at AT&T, and later oversaw sales and marketing at MCI Corporation. His broad background in the telecommunications industry enabled him to join a regional consulting firm, managing a highly profitable joint venture between itself and MCI.

During these years, Jim was an active member of a large church where he had the opportunity to learn, lead, and teach. A growing faith prompted a desire to devote the best hours of his day toward growth and dividends which do not appear on financial statements. Jim resigned his business position and moved his family to attend seminary. After graduating with a Masters in Divinity from Columbia Biblical Seminary, he was ordained at Parkside Church in Chagrin Falls, OH and served as pastor of a church in Brecksville, OH before coming to Cleveland’s western suburbs as the founding pastor of Providence Church. Jim and his wife, Jenny, have three children and currently reside in Avon Lake.

Joe Ciresi

ASSOCIATE PASTOR

Growing up in Northeast Ohio, Joe began following Jesus during the summer before his senior year at Maple Heights High School. Six years later, he married his wife Becky and earned his B.A. from Moody Bible Institute. Continuing in biblical education, Joe graduated from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School with a Masters in Divinity in 1994. In 1995, Joe, Becky, and their family first became involved with Providence Church, becoming members and actively serving while Joe worked in sales.

In 2003, Joe left sales to serve as a pastor. He has served in two different churches, one in Ohio and one in Indiana. In 2011 the Lord led Joe back to Northeast Ohio to eventually join the pastoral staff of Providence Church, encouraging people to follow Christ together in small groups.

Seeking Pastor of Student Ministries

Providence Church is currently seeking a Pastor of Student Ministries.
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Interested applicants please send resume to jciresi@providencechurch.us

Staff

Dawn Gerent

DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

Ian Shire

DIRECTOR OF WORSHIP & REFUGE MINISTRIES

Kathy Mack

FLOCKS & ASSIMILATION COORDINATOR

Diane Koch

BOOKKEEPER

Jamie Habeck

 ACCOUNTANT & CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

Lisa Sellers

DIRECTOR OF PROVIDENCE WOMEN

Susan Young

SECRETARY

Emily Bzdafka

CHOIR DIRECTOR

Rick Simmerer

WORSHIP TECHNOLOGY DIRECTOR

Al Sanders

DIRECTOR OF FACILITY OPERATIONS