About Providence Church ✚ Greensboro
An Introduction to our Story, Doctrines, Membership, and Leaders
Our Story & Mission
Over 15 years ago, Providence Church Greensboro started with a commitment to the Bible as the Word of God that contains changeless truth for our changing times. At Providence Church we continue to preach and teach the Bible as the infallible, inerrant, and sufficient Word of the Living God that will make an eternal difference in your life, your family, and your community. We are committed to:
• Reverent and meaningful worship of our Great God through his Son the Lord Jesus Christ. Worship is at the very center of our existence and the ultimate goal of the church.
• Consecutive, expository preaching through the books of the Bible combined with competent pastoral care for each member of the church family.
• Building a community of faith that will grow spiritual healthy and happy families and individuals by applying the Word of God to our lives in a way that will impact life today.
• Witnessing the Good News of Jesus Christ to those around us and around the world.
We look forward to meeting you whenever you are able. We hope you can come and worship with us and experience the blessing of corporate worship! If I can be of any assistance to you, please contact me. And again, please accept my warmest welcome.
Yours in the service of Christ,
Arie van Eyk, Pastor
Our Doctrine & Practice
Providence Church in submission to the Word of God, holds to defined standards of doctrine, government, discipline, and worship: The Westminster Confession of Faith, Larger and Shorter Catechisms, and the Orthodox Presbyterian (OPC) Book Church Order, which contains the Form of Government, Book of Discipline, and Directory for the Public Worship of God. This constitution is not the final authority in the OPC, of which Providence is a congregation, but is subordinate to the primary standard of the Church, namely, the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. The OPC, under the lordship of Jesus Christ, is guided in all matters by the Word of God, as illuminated by the indwelling Holy Spirit. The Church endeavors, humbly and prayerfully, to follow the Bible's teachings, regardless of the world's current "wisdom."
The Rule of Faith & Life:
Our Secondary Standards:
When covenant children are professing their faith publicly, or Christians are uniting to Providence from another church, or new converts are being received by baptism into the membership of Providence church, they make a public affirmation of the following commitments:
Do you believe the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, to be the Word of God, and its doctrine of salvation to be the perfect and only true doctrine of salvation?
Do you believe in one living and true God, in whom eternally there are three distinct persons—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit—who are the same in being and equal in power and glory, and that Jesus Christ is God the Son, come in the flesh?
Do you confess that because of your sinfulness you abhor and humble yourself before God, that you repent of your sin, and that you trust for salvation not in yourself but in Jesus Christ alone?
Do you acknowledge Jesus Christ as your sovereign Lord, and do you promise that, in reliance on the grace of God, you will serve him with all that is in you, forsake the world, resist the devil, put to death your sinful deeds and desires, and lead a godly life?
Do you promise to participate faithfully in this church’s worship and service, to submit in the Lord to its government, and to heed its discipline, even in case you should be found delinquent in doctrine or life?
Ministers of the word and Sacrament
Arie van Eyk, Minister: Pastor
“Christ's undershepherd in a local congregation of God's people, who joins with the ruling elders in governing the congregation, is called a pastor. It is his charge to feed and tend the flock as Christ's minister and with the other elders to lead them in all the service of Christ. It is his task to conduct the public worship of God; to pray for and with Christ's flock as the mouth of the people unto God; to feed the flock by the public reading and preaching of the Word of God, according to which he is to teach, convince, reprove, exhort, comfort, and evangelize, expounding and applying the truth of Scripture with ministerial authority, as a diligent workman approved by God; to administer the sacraments; to bless the people from God; to shepherd the flock and minister the Word according to the particular needs of groups, families, and individuals in the congregation, catechizing by teaching plainly the first principles of the oracles of God to the baptized youth and to adults who are yet babes in Christ, visiting in the homes of the people, instructing and counseling individuals, and training them to be faithful servants of Christ; to minister to the poor, the sick, the afflicted, and the dying; and to make known the gospel to the lost.” — The OPC Book Of Church Order
Pastor van Eyk has served as the pastor of Providence Church since even prior to its founding in 2003. He is a native of Ontario, Canada, and is a graduate of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. In addition to his regular ministerial duties of ruling, preaching, prayer, and shepherding, he teaches Bible Survey to our children in the Providence Catechism School, preaches and teaches yearly in Haiti, and serves in a number of capacities within our presbytery. He is married to Wilma, and they have six children and many grandchildren.
Michael Spangler, Minister: Teacher
Pastor Spangler was ordained to the ministry in June 2018. He is a native of Winston-Salem and is a graduate of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. With Pastor Arie he regularly preaches and administers the sacraments, and serves with the session in ruling, shepherding, and evangelism. Michael teaches our Wednesday adult classes, is designing our new school (starting, Lord willing, Fall 2019), and is working with Dr. Joel Beeke on a translation of seventeeth-century theologian Peter van Mastricht’s Theoretical-Practical Theology.
Shane Anderson, Ruling Elder
“Ruling elders, individually and jointly with the pastor in the session, are to lead the church in the service of Christ. They are to watch diligently over the people committed to their charge to prevent corruption of doctrine or morals. Evils which they cannot correct by private admonition they should bring to the notice of the session. They should visit the people, especially the sick, instruct the ignorant, comfort the mourning, and nourish and guard the children of the covenant. They should pray with and for the people. They should have particular concern for the doctrine and conduct of the minister of the Word and help him in his labors.” — The OPC Book Of Church Order
The Scriptures designate the office of deacon as distinct and perpetual in the church. Deacons are called to show forth the compassion of Christ in a manifold ministry of mercy toward the saints and strangers on behalf of the church. To this end they exercise, in the fellowship of the church, a recognized stewardship of care and of gifts for those in need or distress. This service is distinct from that of rule in the church.
Those chosen to this office should be of great faith, exemplary lives, honest repute, brotherly love, warm sympathies, and sound judgment. In order to facilitate the performance of the duties of their office the deacons of each particular church shall be constituted a board of deacons. The board shall choose its own officers from its membership. The board shall oversee the ministry of mercy in the church and shall collect and disburse funds for the relief of the needy. Other forms of service for the church may also be committed to the deacons. In the discharge of their duties the deacons shall be under the supervision and authority of the session.