Providence City’s morning congregation was the original expression of Providence Church, a church plant headed up by Nigel and Liz Gordon in early in 2009, with a team of about 10 families from St Matthew’s Anglican Church in Shenton Park. Initially we met in houses in North Perth and Wembley, and met all together one Sunday a month at a venue in the CBD. Eventually we outgrew that venue and moved our monthly gatherings to the Anglican Church building in West Perth.
Steve McAlpine came on board as Associate Pastor at the beginning of 2011, with his wife Jill and their two kids, initially commuting from his home turf in the Swan hills area to join in with one of the City groups. By God’s grace, some of the seeds of the gospel that were planted by Prov people began to grow, and by mid-2012 we were ready to ‘reproduce’ and start a second Hub, strategically centred in Midland, in response to the needs of the area.
At the beginning of 2013, Providence Midland was ready to leave the nest and be established as a fully-fledged expression of the Providence Church family. They now have a weekly Sunday gathering and continue to grow and form new MCs in different parts of the region.
In mid-2014 Rory Shiner left St Matthew’s and was commissioned as the new senior pastor of Providence. The St Matthew’s City Church congregation was planted into Providence as the evening sibling to the Providence City Church AM congregation. While the two Providence City congregations are demographically distinct their life and ministry are shared together.
Our prayer is that we will continue to see more people throughout our communities come to know the Lord Jesus. Providence is a church that experiences frequent changes, as we respond to what God is doing among us. It’s hard sometimes, but it’s exciting.