Edward Brouwer, Pastor.
Edward has served as Providence’s pastor since 2014. Edward hales from Alberta Canada and graduated from the University of Alberta. He has made his home in the U.S. since 1997 after serving on the mission field. He has been married to his wife Glenda for 30 years and they have three adult children: Natalie, Rachel (Julian Bacon) and Matthew (Clair). He and Glenda settled in North Carolina, serving at Christ Community Montreat. Edward received his MDIV from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2011 and was officially ordained in 2012. Edward and the Elders are responsible for discerning and communicating Providence’s vision, while caring for and equipping people for the work of the Gospel in their lives.
Renee has served as pianist and music director at Providence since its founding in 2007. She enjoys parenting her four children alongside her husband of 24 years (Elder Luke Allsbrook), teaching piano, substitute teaching, and working with Junaluska Elementary’s after school Bible Club. Renee has released an album of original songs, “Call it Joy,” many of which Providence has incorporated into its worship services.
Barb Dresdow, Administrative Assistant
Barb has served as Administrative Asst. to Pastor Brouwer since June 2015. While originally from Wisconsin, Barb and her husband (elder Bob Dresdow) lived in the Atlanta area for 15 years before moving to the NC mountains in 2010. She and Bob have 4 adult children and 4 grandchildren.
Mandy Mills, Childcare
Mandy joined the Providence team in August. She is currently the full-time director of Haywood Community College’s Childcare Center and has held that position since 2015 . Mandy has a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Family Relations with a minor in Special Education from Western Carolina University. Mandy is a longtime Haywood County resident. Mandy is very excited to help with some fun, hands on, toddler friendly Bible lessons and crafts and we know her extensive childcare background and experience will be a source of inspiration and learning for all of our volunteers too.
Bruce Kingshill, Treasurer & Elder
Bruce and his wife Susan are founding members of Providence Church. Bruce is a CPA in Waynesville and Susan a retired school teacher. They keep busy with 2 married daughters and grandkids!
Sam Mitchell, Elder
Sam grew up in the Presbyterian tradition and has been with Providence since its inception. Sam feels blessed to have served on session multiple years and have served on committee at Presbytery. Sam has had the privilege of sharing his life with his wife, Renee as they continue into their 41st year of marital bliss. God has blessed them with three biological children Eric, Christine, and Ally, three children by marriage, Beth, Andrew and Daniel and six wonderful grandchildren. They moved to Haywood County from Tennessee in 1981, but it took several years for it to become home. Both Sam and Renee recently retired after 37 years in veterinary practice. As a new time on session begins, he looks forward to serving our congregational family and asks for your prayers and help.
Bob Dresdow, Elder
Bob & his wife, Barb moved to the mountains from Atlanta, GA about 9 years ago and soon joined Providence church. They have 4 adult children and 4 grandchildren. Bob is serving his 2nd term as an elder. The Lord brought Bob into a personal relationship with Christ at the age of 19 and changed the whole direction of his life. He earnestly desires that all people grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ no matter where they are in their spiritual journey. Christ is our only Hope and Peace in this life and the next.
Phil Inglis, Elder
Phil is an Elder, charter member, and Mission Committee Chair. He is married to Patricia. They have 2 children and 5 grandchildren.
Luke Allsbrook, Elder