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Bringing the Gospel to One of the Least Evangelical Cities

31. January 2013

Columns, Congregation of the Month,


Christ Reformed Presbyterian Church

Location: East Providence, Rhode Island

Organized: 2010

Members: 32 communicant; 20 baptized

Pastor: Daniel Howe

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Rhode Island is a tiny state. At barely 1,200 square miles, it is smaller than some counties in larger states. (A local joke has it that the state gets three percent bigger at low tide.) Its population is around one million.

The Providence metro area actually covers the entire state and extends into southern Massachusetts. Providence is the second-largest city in New England, after Boston, and is the capital of Rhode Island. It is home to Brown University, the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence College, and several other schools. Historically a center for textiles and metal casting, the area has seen manufacturing decline since the mid-20th Century. For this reason, jobs—especially for those without college degrees—continue to be a concern in our city and church. Providence is also the least evangelical major city in America, after Provo, Utah. The need here for gospel-focused churches—of all stripes—is urgent.

In the early 2000s, David and Deryl Robson, members of First RPC of Cambridge, Mass., began praying and working for the formation of an RP congregation in Rhode Island, where they lived. Beginning with ...

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