Providence Baptist Church

Vision: Know God, Go with God, Grow in God
Objective: Deeper in Faith, Broader in Community --Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8, Philippians 2:5, Romans 12

The Providence Baptist Church has an illustrious history dating back to 1874, when a Revival Service was held at The Bailey School Society of Leesburg. later named The Bailey Institute, one of the first school institutions in the area that was founded by a literate Loudoun County resident named Richard “Jim” Bailey. The Revival was organized and conducted by Rev. Harvey Johnson, a powerful preacher of his day, who saw the need for religious training among his race and to whom credit is giving for organizing many churches in Northern Virginia and as far south as Richmond. Rev. Johnson became the first Pastor of Providence Baptist Church and was installed by a white Minister since there were few Negro churches in the area at the time.

In 1875, a lot 40 feet by 106 feet was purchased on Church Street. The lot was owned by Mr. I. Cooke and Fannie B. Nickens, his wife. The cost of the material for building was $250 all furnished by a lumber salesman and contractor named John Morris. While serving as pastor of The Providence Baptist Church, Rev. Harvey Johnson was also made a Trustee and with the property paid for, the deed was drawn up on June 7th 1875 and given to Rev. Johnson, who in turn presented it to the congregation and its trustees.

From Rev. Johnson’s time on, there have been some very outstanding pastors. Rev. Simon Peter Fisher followed until his death. Rev. Fisher was a good organizer and a strong preacher. Then came Rev. D.A. Henderson, who was called later to Alexandria’s Third Baptist Church. His work and worth should long be remembered. He was followed by Rev. E.D. Tyler, a very pious and devout servant of God, during whose administration many souls were added to the church. God called him from labor to reward. Rev. Francis E. Pree, a graduate of Howard University and a great preacher was called next. Not only were many members added to the church, but also, the annex and new windows were added to further beautify the house of God. After the close of this administration, the Rev. Mcquery was called, a graduate of Union University and a most dynamic preacher. His stay was brief; he was called to Ebenezer Baptist Church in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Then came Rev. H.M. Chapman, another graduate of Union University, and a most powerful preacher who also added many souls to the church. His desire was to erect a new and more beautiful building. He resigned and was called to the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Alexandria. Following Rev. Chapman was the calling of Rev. Huston Brooks of Alexandria, a very ambitious and energetic preacher. It was under his administration that the first Homecoming service on the second Sunday in August was inaugurated. After his resignation in September 1954, the Rev. J.E. Morris was called in March 1956. Rev. J.E. Morris was also an alumnus of Howard University and a most effective minister. Under Rev. Morris’ administration, three ministers were licensed: Rev. Charles Randall, Rev. U.S.G Prince Sr., and Rev. N. Howard Stanton. The initial idea of renovating our church was advanced by Sister Ellen Webb and Anna Stinger and in 1975, the renovation began under Rev. J.E. Morris’ administration. Rev. J.E. Morris served as pastor until Rev. Herbert C Love Jr., our current pastor.
Rev. Herbert C Love, now Rev. Dr. Herbert C. Love Jr., along with his lovely wife, Marie B. Love, joined Providence on July 15th 1980 and he was installed as pastor on November 2, 1980. Rev. Love brought many new ideas for spiritual and financial growth during his first year as pastor of the Providence Baptist Church. Many ideas were executed into plan for restructuring the clubs and organizations. Sunday School and Prayer services were added to each week. Rev. Love saw a need for supporting our young people and worked for programs to bring them in the church. A scholarship fund was established to further their education after high school. The financial growth began with a reorganization of the Finance Committee, strengthening of the Trustee’s Board, and goals set for programs given by clubs and organizations. With gifts of love from the congregation, more renovations of the church began with repairs inside and out, stained glass windows, the renovation of the Social Hall, the addition of a handicapped ramp and the completion of the parsonage, which became a financial asset to Providence. In May of 1983, the town council established a uniform real property numbering system changing the address from 39 Church Street to 205 Church Street S.E.

Since being the pastor of the Providence Baptist Church, there have been many members added to the roster and there have been many great pastors under the leadership of Rev. Love. Some of those names include Rev. Simms, Rev. Heldenburg, Rev. Reginald Williams who later became the pastor of Bethel Baptist Church Unionville Va, and his former wife, Minister Ruth Williams.

In 2002, an anonymous donor gave $300,000 to assist the church’s ongoing building fund effort. This new renovation which was started in 2003 expanded the church sanctuary, refurbished the interior with new pews, new carpets, a new fellowship hall, a new meeting area, classrooms, and new restrooms. The renovations were completed in 2005. More members joined and more preachers came along. Rev. Marva Robinson became the Assistant Pastor in 2007. She was very instrumental in the development of several ministries, which started at Providence to include, the women’s ministry, the singles and the couple’s ministry. Other ministries were followed by her efforts. In 2008, the church embarked on the renovations of the parsonage. At the completion of the renovations, the parsonage was used for various functions including Sunday school and youth center. Later it was utilized as a rental property, which has been a benefit to the church. The Lord continued to bless the church with other ministers and pastors: Rev. Sydney Buck, Minister Mary Thomas, Minister Isaac Smith, Minister Terry Harris, Minister Joseph King, Rev. Jamilla Gault, Rev. Corey Gault, Rev. David Dennis and Rev. Beulah Spellman. The congregation has been instrumental to the success of various fundraising efforts to meet the needs of the church which included the purchase of the new pews, the installation of the new stain glass windows, the purchase of a baby grand piano, the 123 launch program which aided in the financial stability of the church’s finances for the future, the purchase of a new church van, and the audio visual upgrades; just to name a few. In addition to praising the Lord in our morning services, the church has had numerous services with varying themes over the years there have been a multitude of guest ministers, congregations, singing aggregations, and plays; the church has also been blessed by the presence of local and state politicians. Providence has recognized the dedication and contribution of the pastor and first lady through the years with services and banquets honoring the sacrifices and love that Rev. and First Love personify.

For all of the years of the church’s existence, it has been a beacon during the darkest period of the country’s history. God continues to bless Providence. We pray that our lives will be committed in such away, that we may leave a good record, and hear a “Well done” from our Heavenly Father.

Mission: The Mission of Providence Baptist Church is to go to all nations witnessing to all people teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ through boundless love and grace of God.

Join us this Saturday!!!

Missionary Day April 7th 2019

Missionary Day Service
Pastor Michelle Thomas
Holy & Whole Life Changing Ministries Int’l

Join us next week! Our own, Tammy Carter will be receiving the Outstanding community service award at this event.

Oh how we love Rev. Dr. Herbert C. Love, Jr.


Today starts the 2nd half of our Women’s history month calendar. Today we are praying for married women.

In addition to today’s prayer, we are praying for the victims of the senseless shooting at the Mosque in New Zealand. We are praying for swift justice and reconciliation for the families, healing for those who were present and are still living and that our world leaders take a stand against white supremacy and those who carry such hate in their heart for people they don’t even know.

2 weeks from now, you will regret not being present for this awesome event! Great gospel
artists, great food, great speakers and a great cause: Scholarships! Join us! Get your tickets now

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Reposting the Women’s history month calendar. Please take some time to pray and meditate on the scripture and though for each day. Next week, I will repost part two of the calendar. Have a blessed rest of the week.

Opening our pantry again! Please pass this on if you know of families in need.

Ending our series on worship, “when you feel worried -worship” join us

[02/21/19]   PBC

Prayer service and bible study scheduled for Thursday February 21st has been canceled!!

Please spread the word!!

After church celebration!!

All month long we have been celebrating Black History month! Today, is wear your African attire day to church if you wish! Following our morning worship service we will be hosting a movie in Fellowship Hall (Black Panther) Join us as We celebrate the anniversary of this great movie!

[02/15/19]   “Nothing matters more than knowing God’s purpose’s for your life, and nothing can compensate for not knowing them”

-Rick Warren

The Purpose Driven Life Book 📚

We are having such a great time studying this book in bible study!!

You can join in with us Thursday night at 7:00 pm at PBC!!

Our Pastor was recognized tonight during Black history month- Black Pastors in Leesburg
Thank you Mayor Burk and Council members

Our 3rd Annual Chili cook-off was a success! Thank you everyone who participated, who donated, and who just came out to support our efforts!!

We really appreciate it! Also congratulations to all our winners!!

Our 3rd Annual Chili cook-off was a success! Thank you everyone who participated, who donated, and who just came out to support our efforts!!

We really appreciate it! Also congratulations to all our winners!!

It’s going down tomorrow!!!

Please join us!!

See below flyer for details!!

John 1:1-14
What is Truth

It’s usually Tuesdays but join tonight

PBC Health and Wellness Ministry presents our 3rd Annual Chili Cook-off!!!!!!!!

Join us Saturday February 9th from 1-4 pm

If you want to compete, please send us a message via messenger, so we can get the registration details to you!!

There will be a people’s choice award and Champion, for those who compete, so if you got what it takes, sign up! Registration to compete is $10. Everyone not competing you can join us for Free, however, we are accepting donations in our efforts to purchase an AED for our church!

Please come and support our Health and Wellness Ministry

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Carah McCollum representing Providence baptist church in a dance performance at the MLK Day celebration in Leesburg, VA. What an awesome performance! This performance was coordinated by Megan Nico Carter PBC!!!!!

Due to the impending inclement weather conditions, Prayer Service and Bible Study are canceled and Men’s Choir Rehearsal is canceled!

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205 Church St SE
Leesburg, VA

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