History

Since our very first prayer meeting, the people of Providence have valued gathering together as the family of God, growing to learn and apply the Word of God, and engaging in doing the work of God. The story of Providence Church is a story of God’s faithfulness.

SEEING A NEED
During the summer of 1992, 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 and Jenny Bzdafka. After much prayer and consideration, this small group of families began meeting regularly for worship.

STARTING OFF
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 not only this local body, but the entire universe.

STEPPING OUT
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. As growth continued two years later, Sunday worship was moved to Parkside Middle School in Westlake.

BUILDING UP
In 2002, God provided means for the purchase of land and construction of a church building on Detroit Road in Avon. Providence first worshipped at its new home and current location on December 14, 2003.

CASTING VISION
In 2015, Providence introduced Gather, Grow, and Engage as a threefold way of thinking about the mission of Following Christ Together. This established greater unity among the church’s ministries and a clearer vision for all that we do.

LOOKING FORWARD
In September 2019, Dr. Austin Shaw began serving as senior pastor at Providence. Under Austin’s shepherding, our church maintains its commitment to biblical doctrine, expository preaching, and Christ-centered community.