March 1953 - Present
In 1951, the Berea congregation started a mission work in Butler County, Kentucky. Early in 1953, it was decided to transfer that work to the Indiana-Michigan Mission Board and start another mission outreach closer to home. A storefront building was locted at 511 NW 16th Street in Washington, IN. The building was purchased and some repairs and improvements were made for the first service held on March 26th, 1953.
The first Sunday was an experience; not knowing how few or how many people would be there. For the next sixteen years, we continued to worship in this small building every Sunday morning, Sunday evenings and on Wednesday evenings. On March 5, 1961, the church organized as a congregation with forty-three charter members.
With the guidance of a consultant from Evangelical Church Building Corporation, South Bend, Indiana, we came to the realization that our small lot in Washington was inadequately and poorly located for a larger building. With much deliberation and some misgivings, the present site, 6.8 acres located two miles west of Montgomery on Highway 50, was purchased in 1968. The first service in the new building was held on Sunday, April 19, 1970. Our membership grew to approximately 90 with an average of 150 in attendance each Sunday.
From 1970 - Present, Providence has undergone quite a few changes, one of them being the growth in membership. We currently have 264 members present today. What a blessing it is to see our church grow! Although, it's not large numbers that make a church, it's the believers in Jesus Christ that make the church.
The first pastor of Providence Mennonite Church once said, "Remember the One who died for you, trust the One who died for you, and look forward to the return of the One who died for you."