About Us

Who We Are

windowProvidence Reformed Presbyterian Church is a gathering of believers in Christ from all over the greater Pittsburgh area.  We unite to proclaim and serve our King and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Our multigenerational congregation is a growing, loving fellowship seeking to reach the surrounding community with the love of Christ and the saving truth of His gospel.

Our denomination is called the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America. Our historical roots are in the Scottish Reformation, and our denominational institutions include Geneva College, the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and the Reformed Presbyterian Nursing Home.

What We Believe

Our beliefs stem from a full commitment to the authority of the Bible as the inerrant, infallible Word of God. This means that we believe in the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We acknowledge our inability to save ourselves and, in faith, depend on Christ alone as our Savior. We acknowledge Him as Lord in every area of life, and we vow together to advance His Kingdom on earth.

We believe and proclaim the gospel:  that mankind has fallen into sin and cannot escape the wrath of a holy God except by repenting of our sin and trusting in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. The good news of the gospel is that salvation from sin and hell is a free gift that God gives to all who come to faith in Him. God does not call people to faith only to forgive their sins; rather, salvation is a means to the end that together we would serve Him in this life through worship and witness as we anticipate our Savior’s return and life in heaven in God’s presence.

The “Reformed” in our name refers to our belief in the principles of the Protestant Reformation. We are committed to what are commonly called the doctrines of grace: the Bible is the only infallible rule for faith and life and salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone, all to the glory of God alone. We hold as our secondary standards the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Testimony of the Reformed Presbyterian Church and believe these documents to contain clear, accurate summaries of the teaching of Scripture. We believe in the Kingship of Christ in all areas of life: the church, the state, and the family.

How We Worship

The Word of God is central to our worship in both content and methodology.  As such, the reading and exposition of the Bible together comprise the central feature of that worship. We have a time of prayer, giving, and of course, we sing!  Our musical praise consists in singing from the Psalms and in keeping with the New Testament Church’s directive for simple worship from the heart, we sing without the aid of musical instruments.  While this approach to worship is not popular and can be quite the culture shock at first :) people come to cherish it for its simplicity and God-centered focus.

Our Leadership

Pastor:  Steve Bradley

Pastor Bradley was a founding member of Providence RPC and was ordained and installed as a ruling elder of the congregation in 2000.  Upon completing his seminary training at Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary, he was called, ordained, and installed as pastor to Trinity RPC in Beltsville, MD in the summer of 2002.  After serving Trinity for 11 years, he received a call from Providence RPC which he accepted and was recently  installed as pastor in January 2014.  He and his wife Julie have four children.

Associate Pastor: CJ Williams

Associate Pastor C.J. Williams was the church planter and pastor of Providence RPC from 1998 to 2005. He is currently the Professor of Old Testament Studies, and Director of the D.Min. Program, at Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He holds a Ph.D. in Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Civilization from the Baltimore Hebrew Institute of Towson University, Maryland. Recent publications include The Shadow of Christ in the Book of Job (Wipf & Stock, 2017). He and his wife Sherri have five children and reside in Clairton, PA.

Ruling Elder:  Jim McFarland

Jim serves as the denominational treasurer for the RPCNA. He and his wife Carnel have six children.

Ruling Elder:  Mike Williams

Mike works at Williams Stained Glass Studio, a family-run business.  He formerly served Providence RPC as a deacon and was recently elected, ordained, and installed as a ruling elder in January 2014.  Mike and his wife Renee have seven children.

Ruling Elder: Mark Brown

Mark earned his M.div from RPTS in 2015 and is an accredited Biblical counselor. Born again in 1993, he came into the RPCNA from the CMA, and loves how the sparseness of reformed church decoration leads to richer, more focused worship. The youngest of 8, Mark is a lifelong Pittsburgher who knows his true citizenship is in Heaven.

Ruling Elder: Dan Berkenpas

Dan works as a mechanical engineer at Westinghouse Electric Company. He formerly served Providence RPC as a deacon. He and his wife Julia have two children and reside in Bellevue, PA.

Ruling Elder: Caleb Allen

Caleb is a working on an M.Div. from the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He is a Student Under Care of the Presbytery of the Alleghenies and licensed to preach. He desires to enter full-time pastoral ministry upon completion of his seminary training and Presbytery exams. He and his wife Hannah have two children and reside in Clairton, PA.

When & Where We Meet

Our church building is located at 2001 Pioneer Avenue in Brookline (Pittsburgh) PA, 15226. Please see our map for more details. We meet each Sunday morning for worship at 10am. Following worship, we have lunch together downstairs and then proceed to an afternoon service at 1pm.  The second Lord’s day of  the month, we have a worship service during which we observe the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.  Other 1pm services are dedicated to Bible School classes for all ages.  The fourth Sunday of the month, the 1pm service includes an extended time of prayer.

We would love to meet you! Please join us for worship and / or our weekly Bible study and there you can learn more about our other ministries and activities. If you have questions about the Christian faith in general or questions about our church in particular, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you so much for taking time to visit!