“So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you…”
1 Peter 5:1-2
The church is no mere human organization or a means to an end. The church is Christ’s body, of which he is the head. As a local body of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, a faithful branch of the true church, Providence acknowledges Jesus Christ as her only head and his word as the final authority in all matters of faith and life. It is our desire to be faithful to our Lord, not only in matters of doctrine, but also in matters of structure, government, and order. Accordingly, we have a presbyterian form of government. Our church is governed by a session, which consists of one or more ministers and a number of ruling elders (depending on the size of the congregation). Elders must meet the scriptural qualifications for the eldership. They are ordained for life and installed to office. Ministers are licensed and ordained by regional presbyteries and are called by congregations; ruling elders are elected by congregations. Deacons are elected by congregations to oversee their ministries of mercy. They are ordained, but they do not exercise spiritual rule alongside elders. As required by the Scriptures, all officers must be men, not women. Nonordained people often sit on committees that supervise important areas of congregational life, but always under the oversight of the session.
Pastor and Elders
Rev. Bob Canode
Bob was ordained and installed as a minister of the gospel in the OPC and Pastor of Providence on February 19th, 2016. He began a yearlong internship in September 2014 and has been involved in weekly preaching and teaching ever since. Bob enjoys preaching Christ from all of Scripture and spending time with the family of God, four of whom include his beloved wife Adelinda and their three children.
Bob holds a Master of Arts in Religion from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and a BS in History from West Texas A&M University in Canyon, TX. He and his family currently live in Round Rock, TX.
Scott has been a member of Providence since 2002 and was ordained as an elder in February 2006. Scott works for Intel as a software engineer. He and his wife Rita live in Round Rock and have four grown children and four grandchildren.
Greg EddingsGreg has been a member of Providence since 2017 and became an elder in 2019 after having served as an elder in the OPC and the PCA. He lives on his family ranch near Lometa, Texas and works as a Financial Advisor. Greg and his wife Elaine have three grown children and seven grandchildren.
Corrie EngelbrechtCorrie has been a member of Providence since 2006 and a deacon since 2007. He and his wife Iona live in Round Rock and have one grown child.
Mike SprangerMike has been a member of Providence since 2012 and a deacon since 2017. He and his wife Sue live in Round Rock with their four children.
Tom began attending Providence in 2017 and became a Deacon in 2018 after serving as a Deacon in a reformed church in Southern California. Tom is retired and lives in Round Rock with his wife, Kathy. They have 3 grown children, 5 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild living in California, Texas and Maryland.