GPBCChurch Profile

Mission Statement

We affirm the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in the church and community through preaching, teaching, worshiping, fellowshipping and serving.


Believing the Bible is the inerrant Word of God. Greater Providence Baptist Church, originally Providence Baptist Church, of Charlotte, North Carolina, was organized in April 1935 under the leadership of the late Reverend S.M. Chappell, the Pastor’s Aid Club, and other concerned Christians. During a meeting on April 29, 1935, a unanimous vote was made to name the church “Providence” with Reverend S.M. Chappell serving as pastor. A faithful few continued to meet and pray in homes until a building was rented at Maple and Kendrick Streets. After a time, a building was purchased on North Johnson Street. Reverend Chappell served the church until his retirement in 1962. The name of the church was eventually changed from “Providence” Baptist Church to “Greater Providence” Baptist Church. In March of 1989, Greater Providence Baptist Church held services at its present location, 2000 Milton Road, Charlotte, NC.

In the eighty-six-year history of this church, four (4) pastors served and to accommodate congregational growth, the worship site relocated three times. The longest serving pastor, Dr. Fred Gibson, retired in August 2021 after faithfully shepherding for forty (40) years. Currently, Greater Providence’s campus includes a chapel, sanctuary and family life center that comprehensively house classrooms, meeting space, administrative offices, a gymnasium and kitchen facilities.

Greater Providence is a body of dedicated members, a consistent staff, and a growing organizational structure and more than thirty active ministries to help meet the needs of the people. Greater Providence exemplifies a “family reunion church” where there is a great love for people and a lot of time is spent caring for members. Caring relationships are the glue that holds this church together.

Many families enjoy experiencing various GPBC ministries prior to joining the church because membership has not been a requirement for ministry participation. As a church committed to community involvement, Greater Providence has engaged in partnerships with nursing and senior living facilities, local schools, crisis ministries, civic/social welfare organizations, churches, and charitable foundations.
The Greater Providence ministry is committed not only to the believer’s spiritual development but also to the mental/emotional, physical and financial well-being of congregants. Established to make a difference in the lives of others, Greater Providence remains a beacon to the saved and unsaved, providing needed biblical nourishment and a place where everyone can serve and grow in Jesus Christ.
Greater Providence on Cleveland Avenue