Our Story

Our name, Providence, says a lot about our story. We started our life as a congregation some 50 years ago, and through the decades Providence Presbyterian Church has been sustained by God. We exist as a ministry in Fairfax County because of the vision and faithfulness of generations of believers at Providence who were committed to bringing the Good News of Christ to this community and who were upheld along the way by God’s power and grace.

The story of Providence Presbyterian Church is intertwined with that of Fairfax County and its development over the past fifty years.  The completion of the Capital Beltway in 1964–the same year Providence was formally organized–brought a housing boom to the area between the new highway and the historic City of Fairfax.  As houses replaced the pastures that lined Little River Turnpike, the then Presbytery of Washington saw the need for a new church in the rapidly growing Ilda-Wakefield community.  In October, 1963 the presbytery invited Rev. Kenneth C. Holmstrup to organize a new church, which held its first service in the Wakefield Forest Elementary School on November 3, 1963.

Since that first service, celebrating God’s love through worship has been at the heart of Providence. We broke ground on our first sanctuary in 1966 and moved in the following year. Growth over the next two decades led to the dedication of our present sanctuary in 1987 and its design and acoustics reflect the centrality of music to our worship life.  Our choir was formed two weeks after our first service, and the Sanctuary Choir at Providence has developed a reputation as one of the finest church choirs anywhere.  In 2008, we added the Lively-Fulcher Pipe Organ to enhance traditional worship in the sanctuary and added audio and visual equipment to Taylor Hall to support a new contemporary worship service and music led by the Providence Praise Band.

The development of Providence also reflects our commitment to seeking God’s truth. We built our education wing, Williamson Hall, in 1967 naming it after Lt. Col. John A. Williamson, our first Sunday School Superintendent.  Recognizing the needs of families both in our church and in our community, Providence over the years added staff to lead our vital programs for children and youth.  As Providence grew and became a multi-generational church, new programs of education and fellowship for all ages were started. With the opening of our gymnasium, Mission Hall, in 2008, Providence began its popular Upward Basketball program.

Providence has always been committed to serving God’s world through service to the community and beyond. We have a long relationship with local programs for people in need such as the Annandale Christian Community for Action, and in recent years we have hosted Computer CORE to provide job skills to low-income people. Our youth have made many trips locally, across the country, and even across borders to perform service for communities in need.  For the last two decades Providence members have regularly led international mission and development trips, including trips to Mexico and Kenya.  A special bond has formed over the years with Iglesia Verdad y Fe in Juarez, Mexico, where Providence members and friends have traveled several times to help develop outreach programs and build housing.

We hope that you will be part of Providence’s future.  Come join us and get a taste of God’s love, through worship, growing in faith and service.