April 1928, two hundred and forty-three Baptized believers withdrew
their membership from Union Baptist Church after a majority of that
congregation voted to relieve the pastor, Reverend David E. Over, of
his duties. While searching for a permanent place to worship, the group
met regularly for prayer and consultation during the week and worshiped
on Sundays with a congregation pastored by Reverend Francis Storey,
at Schroeder and Pierce Streets. At a special meeting of the founding
group, a resolution to establish a church in accordance with the policy
and practice of a Missionary Baptist Church was unanimously adopted.
Subsequent to the death of Rev. Over, the Providence Baptist Church family seeking new and inspired leadership called Rev. Dr. Eugene W. White from Tulane Baptist Church, New Orleans, Louisiana, on October 17, 1929.
White encouraged spiritual and programmatic development and guided
the congregation through the economic struggles of the Great Depression
to a period of growth and revitalization. During his ministry, the
church burned its first mortgage in 1939, and the second mortgage
in June 1943. In July 1951, the church accepted Dr. White's resignation
as a result of ill health.
the fifty three years that Rev. Wood has served as pastor of Providence,
the congregation has grown through many innovative educational and
service programs and building projects. Included among the educational
and service programs are the Board of Christian Education; the Church-wide
Institute, the Parent-Child Seminar, the SHARE Program, the Food Pantry,
and HIV/AIDS Ministry.
prominent in the building projects is the one where the congregation
following 30 days of prayer in 1972, launched a future development
program which culminated in February 1981 when the congregation marched
into its new solar-heated church home at 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue.
During the development of this project the congregation shared facilities
with the First Baptist Church of Baltimore from July 1972 to February
1981. Other building projects include addition/modifications to the
existing building and the Adult Day Care facility.