About Us


Providence Presbyterian Church exists to help people experience the joy of Christ and his gospel. We are blessed that God has placed us in a growing and vibrant area, Louisa and Goochland, to be a community of hope and good news for our neighbors.

God is at work at Providence, transforming sinners into saints. He is growing us to be a more prayerful, mission-minded, gospel-centered people. We sincerely hope that you become a part of what God is accomplishing among us as the people of Providence Presbyterian Church.

Please click on the “Visitor” tab above to find out more about our church. It is, of course, just a snapshot of who we are, and only so much can be learned through words. The very best way to get a sense of who we are is to come visit and experience our faith community firsthand, and to see the new things that God is doing in and through us.

Providence Presbyterian Church is part of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Presbytery of the James.

Leadership in the Presbyterian Church

Leadership in the Presbyterian Church is housed neither solely in an individual nor in the congregation as a whole but is instead representative in nature. The session and the board of deacons constitute the main leadership bodies in the Presbyterian Church and together are responsible for leading the congregation in its faith, life, worship, and mission.

The session is the main governing body of the church and consists of the pastor elected leaders called elders. There are two kinds of elders that serve together on the session: teaching elders (ministers responsible for preaching the gospel) and ruling elders (guiding church members who are not ministers). They together are responsible for the faith, life, mission, and government of the church. Among other responsibilities, the session prays with and for the members and ministers to the church, receives new members, approves the administration of baptism and of the Lord’s Supper, provides for worship services, sets the budget, and oversees our educational programs, mission work, and outreach.

The word deacon comes from the Bible and means servant. Throughout its history the Christian Church has recognized some of its members as especially gifted to serve others and has appointed people to serve as deacons. Here at Providence deacons are elected and organized into a board of deacons. Together they are responsible for leading the congregation in ministries of sympathy and compassion. Our deacons offer congregational care and assistance during times of special need, pray for our members and friends, usher for all worship services, receive the offerings and gifts of the people during worship, care for our college and graduate school students, visit and take flowers to our hospitalized or at-home members, assist with funerals, administer the Deacons’ Fund, and more.


Adult Sunday School ~ 9:45-10:45am Fellowship Hall
Worship Service on Sunday ~11am-12 noon Sanctuary

• After the first hymn, children sixth grade and under go to the Fellowship Hall for age appropriate Children’s Worship.
Fellowship Time ~ After service in the Fellowship Hall.

The Ministers: Every member of the Church

The Session (the ruling body of the church) 2017:

Linden Hughes (2018) – Hospitality Committee

Teresa Hughes (2018) – Christian Education Committee

Henry Jones (2018) – Stewardship Committee

Pat Kerfoot (2017) – Outreach Committee

Jim Walker (2017) – Buildings and Grounds Committee

David Youel (2017) – Worship Committee

Clerk of Session

David Youel

Board of Deacons

Melissa Carscadden

Casey Chenault

Noreen Thaw

David Valencia

Treasurer: David Houck

The Pastor: The Reverend Karen Witt has been the Covenant Pastor of Providence since October 2014. Karen grew up in Goochland and earned degrees from the College of William & Mary and Union Prebyterian Seminary. Karen is married to Grant Riley and has two sons, Forrest and Taylor.

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