Who We Are
We are an evangelical Christian church in Northeast Denver whose mission is to exalt the name of Jesus Christ in the city by loving him and sharing his love with all people. We often say we are a church committed to one mission with one people in one place for life. Being in a diverse area, we are committed to being a church that has socio-economic, generational, and racial diversity. We gather together on Sunday mornings as a unified body and worship in three languages. However, church for us means living life together during the week. We gather throughout the city during the week in home fellowships where we share life (and good food) together.
To live as fully loved and devoted followers of Jesus Christ and love our neighbors to do the same.
Where We Are
We are a group of urban and suburban dwellers who are focused on re-weaving the fabric of a thriving community in Northeast Denver in the spirit of Jesus Christ.
Juan PenaPastor/Elder of Community Groups
Juan and his wife Courtney have four boys and live in the Clayton neighborhood. He was born in Bogotá, Colombia and immigrated to the U.S. Juan has a Master of Divinity and has planted two multi-ethnic churches. He enjoys rooting for the Patriots and Red Sox, reading World War II books, having cookouts with his neighbors at Nairobi Park, and playing soccer with his boys. Juan is deeply engaged in serving the Northeast Community in downtown Denver. He is a Founding Board member of University Preparatory School and is the executive director of CrossPurpose.
Jason JanzPastor/Elder of Teaching & Vision
Jason and his wife Jen have four boys and live in the Whittier neighborhood. Jason has a Masters degree in Theology and has worked as a pastor since 1996. He enjoys the mountains, leadership, reading, and being with his family. His burdens include helping the poor, developing leadership, and world missions. He has lived in Denver long enough to remember when Elitch’s was on 38th Avenue, the Nuggets played at McNichols, and the cash register building was brand new. He serves as the Chairman of the Board of Upstream Impact.
Terry grew up in Omaha. He and his wife Marsha have been married over forty years and have lived in Colorado all of that time. They currently live in Northeast Park Hill. They have two married sons and three grandchildren.
Terry has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Colorado. His major was Political Science; he is interested in politics at the local, state and federal level. He is also interested in African American history and the history of World War II.
Terry has been involved in youth mentoring, prison ministry and prison after-care for many years. He also has sat on and chaired several non-profit boards and is currently on the board for Open Door Ministries. Both Terry and Marsha felt the Lord had prepared them, and was calling them, to be involved in urban ministry. A few years ago they moved to the city and joined Providence Bible Church. Together they volunteer in children’s ministry, prison after-care and other areas as the Lord leads.
Josh LarsenPastor/Elder of Missions & Team Development
Josh and his wife Katie have 5 children (four boys and a girl) and live in the neighborhood of Northeast Park Hill. He was born in Grand Junction, Colorado, and moved around the country for most of his life because his father was in the military and in ministry. He enjoys summertime cookouts and camping, late night conversations with friends, early morning theological discussions, and hanging out in the “Man Cave” with his boys, neighbors, and friends. He works as a Realtor in Northeast Denver, and has loved helping many of the crazy people of Providence move into the neighborhood.
Kevin RootPastor/Elder of Music Ministry & Membership
Kevin moved to Denver and joined Providence in 2009. He joined the Timothy internship program in 2010, met a pretty girl named Sarah in 2011, married her in 2012, and was affirmed as a church elder in 2013. Kevin and Sarah live in the Clayton neighborhood and enjoy serving as community group leaders and mentors for youth in the neighborhood. When he's not doing that, Kevin enjoys playing and singing in the church band, asking for seconds on dessert, and trying to come up with answers when his wife asks him about his feelings. They (Kevin and Sarah) also have a small, fluffy canine named Gary and more recently, a small, cute son named Wesley.
Jerome and Martha have been at Providence from the beginning. They live in the Northeast Park Hill neighborhood. Jerome has been married to Martha for over thirty years and has 3 grown children. He has made all the marriage mistakes in major ways, so he and Martha have a counseling ministry to couples and singles. He does landscaping and tree trimming as a way to support his burden to mentor and disciple. Jerome loves hanging out at his gas fire pit and flagstone patio in his front yard with his neighbors. He also loves to fish, hunt, camp, and to read fiction novels and counseling books.
Alvaro has over 50 years of pastoral experience in Colombia and in the Boston area. He moved to Denver to be near family where he enjoys spending time with his children and grandchildren. He leads Providence’s Spanish ministry.
Jeff CookElder of Education, Community Groups & Congregational Care
Jeff and his native-born German wife Inge have four grown children and five grandchildren. Jeff has a doctorate from Trinity International University in Chicago. Both he and his wife are deeply committed to cross-cultural ministry. Their ministry experience includes over a decade of church-planting in Europe, many years of pastoring in poor urban communities in North America, as well as twenty years of teaching urban ministry at the university level. Jeff has also taught theology as an adjunct professor around the world in places like Beirut, Lebanon; Cairo, Egypt; and Austria.
Jeff is wired as a shepherd and mobilizer, and his greatest passion is preparing and motivating people to be both biblically and culturally informed for effective ministry among the marginalized, poor, and invisible of the inner city. Inge has a great concern and sensitivity to immigrants and refugees in light of her immigrant background.
He is a marathoner and amateur triathlete who has completed a myriad of triathlons as well as 3 full Ironman-distance triathlons. He readily admits now though, his goal for any race is only to finish. He regularly and successfully avoids both the medical tent and the winner’s podium.