Providence Reformed Episcopal Church
Founded in 1991
In 1991, Providence Reformed Episcopal Church was founded in the home of Rev. Dr. Robert Himes III with his family, some neighbors, and some friends. With the blessings of God, attendance grew to include several more families, and within a handful of faithful years, the mission church was able to move out of the Himes' household and into the building where it now stands.
Over the next 15 years, the church continued to grow and change, as any congregation does, and still maintains members from the "founding" families.
The 5 points of the REC
- One Bible
- Because Holy Scripture is the "breath of God" (II Tim 3:16) we set it above both tradition and reason, without rejecting either. We confess the continuity of the Scriptures around the themes of God's Grace and Redemption of mankind by the Sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ.
- Two Testaments
- The Bible speaks of the Church built upon "the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ being the Chief Cornerstone." We cannot understand why Christ was born, or even appreciate what worship is, without a clear appreciation of the Old Testament. From there, the New Testament reveals Christ's teachings and His revelation to the world as our Savior.
- Three Creeds
- The three creeds of the Church - the Apostle's, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds - have served the Church through the centuries as a simple, articulate, and time-tested summary of the belief of the Church. We believe that our creation makes us creedal. We must confess our faith. These creeds afford us that opportunity.
- Four Councils
- The first four ecumenical Councils of the Church (Nicea, AD 325; Constantinople, AD 451; Ephesus, AD 431; Chalcedon AD 451) stand as those which were truly representative of the whole Church. These Councils settled some of the most fundamental questions of doctrine on the nature of the Trinity and the person and work of Jesus Christ. Our attention and appreciation rest with these first four.
- Five Centuries
- By this we mean the first five centuries A.D., the life of the Church from the Apostles to Gregory the Great. In that time, we go from Jesus and the Apostles to the settling of theological disputes (see Four Councils) and the heretics scattered. We see the pattern for worship and polity established, and a prodigious missionary effort throughout all of the crumbling Roman Empire and beyond. While not compelled to follow all aspects of life and thinking from these five centuries, we nevertheless see it as the forming ground for the way the Church would work and live in our world.