In the summer of 2000, two families met to talk about beginning a strong Christian witness in Lansing, Michigan, at the heart of state government and education. They wanted to serve the Tri-County area through God-glorifying and Bible-centered worship. By the end of 2001, the group had grown. They decided to approach the denomination that most closely shared their vision, the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).
For two years there was little encouragement. Families moved away, but others came. In 2004, the effort was renewed. That August, the group met with elders and the mission committee of Christ Church (PCA) in Grand Rapids. On September 19 the first public Bible study met in the community room of the Lansing Police Department North Precinct.
Over the next three years, this study circle forged a family. Adults prayed and studied together in a circle, surrounding their children at play. Weekly fellowship meals and special events reinforced mutual love. Finally they were ready to begin meeting for Sunday evening worship at Lansing Christian School. Christ Church and the PCA’s Great Lakes Presbytery provided preachers and oversight. The mission took the name Providence PCA.
In 2007, Pastor Jason Helopoulos was brought to Lansing. Providence continued worshipping on Sunday mornings in 2008. The congregation was blessed and enjoyed the church growth.
In 2012, Pastor Dan Bratt, who was serving as an Assistant Pastor at Christ Covenant Church in Midland, was asked to become the pastor at Providence PCA, which later became the daughter church of Christ Covenant. The congregation of Providence PCA is grateful and excited by this new provisioning of the Lord God in faith and hope to rebuild the solid foundation of the Church based on the Reformed teaching of Pastor Dan with his loving and caring heart.